If you are currently struggling with your finances, then you may be under the impression that you can’t afford a pet. Pets cost a lot of money – from the cost of vet bills to the price of their food and toys – but this amount is variable depending on a number of factors. In other words, just because you can’t afford a big dog doesn’t mean you can’t afford any pet, and if you’re smart then there are plenty of furry friends you can keep for a very low price.
The good news is that a Miniature Labradoodle is generally one of the more affordable breeds. That’s because it’s a cross breed and not officially recognized as a breed in its own right (yet). This in turn means that you shouldn’t be asked to spend quite as much as you would do for a pure breed.
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a pet that doesn’t get sick – which is to say that you can’t predict what fate has in store for any animal you bring into your home and this will be at least largely down to sheer luck.
That said there are ways to tip the scales in your favor and some animals will be more prone to particular conditions than others. Some breeds of dogs and cats for instance are more prone to particular conditions due to the way they’re bred – a Bulldog, for instance, is more likely to experience skin conditions around their face, while a Poodle is more likely to experience problems with their legs.
Looking into the family history of your pet as well as the current health of your pet can also help you predict your animal’s future well-being just as it can for humans.
A Miniature Labradoodle isn’t completely free from potential issues. They can sometimes experience hip dysplasia, along with some other issues such as elbow problems. That said though, every breed is prone to some kinds of issue, whereas a Miniature Labradoodle is one of the generally healthier issues.
Larger animals here are also more likely to be expensive in terms of vet bills than smaller pets as they will be less resilient. A bad foot is much less of a big deal for a small animal like a Chihuahua, for instance, than it is for a large dog like a retriever because they have less weight to carry on it.
Meanwhile, bigger animals have the option of more invasive surgery which might mean you have more difficult decisions to make on the horizon.
This is definitely also the case for a Miniature Labradoodle.
A smart pet owner will of course take out pet insurance, which will help them to cover the vet costs and avoid a situation where they can’t pay for the attention their animals need. However, these costs are of course worked out based on the likelihood of your pet needing expensive treatment – so choosing a smaller animal with less chance of illness is still going to be cheaper.
Getting a smaller pet is also likely to be cheaper in terms of food and supplies too – a small dog of course will eat much less than a big dog and they’ll also get through toys and chews less quickly too. In fact, a pet that you don’t have to walk so often can also help to save you money because you’ll be spending less on petrol – a cost that many people forget when they prepare a budget for their pet. Once more, choosing the smaller breed of Labradoodle is a cost-saving strategy in this case.