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Old 09-15-2009, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! I haven't been here in a while! So, my husband and I want to adopt a GSD from a rescue. Right now the main thing preventing us is finances. I'm trying to figure out, on average, what the monthly cost will be to own a GSD. I knew this would be the best place to get some answers.

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll tell you about what Zoe ( 5mo ) cost me on food, it's about 50$/mnth, aslo i pay 25$ every 2 for a 10kg Miglior cane . so let's say the average is arround 60$/mnth. ( i live in lebanon , 60$ is not that cheap)

as for the Vet visits...it's for free for me, he's a good friend of mine, lucky me hehe.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's the unexpected costs that hurt. Since we've had our 6 mo old pup, she's had allergies and just recently had a reaction to the sutures from her spaying. Between the vet bills and special foods we've tried, we've probably spent $1500 over the past 3 months. You just never know!
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is hard for me to say since we have had multiple dogs for over two years now, but if I only had one dog, I would be willing to guess at:

-around $50 per month on food (depending on quality)
-$100 year for regular vet bills (basic annual vaccines)
-$100 year for preventatives (heartworm, flea/tick)

Plus, you will be buying things like treats, toys and equipment (leashes, collars, tags, beds, crates, dog bowls, etc.) on an as needed basis...which also add up quickly.

I would check with your local vet to find out prices on annual shots and preventatives so you can get a little more accurate pricing for budgeting purposes.

Hope that helps a little.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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But aside from unexpected or emergency costs, what is the average monthly cost?
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Lets see... I'm just going to round everything up.
Good food is about $60 a month.
You usually don't need to be at the vet with an older dog all the time unless he's got health issues. Vet first time visits are sometimes around $50(not a monthly cost).
Shots are about $26 on average (not a monthly cost). Just be very careful at the vets, if you don't want them to do certain shots say so. They love to tack on unnecessary costs.
Heartworm/Tick/Flea preventative is about $20 a month.
Then there's Collars/leashes about $30(not monthly), bowls $20(not monthly), toys ... ongoing LOL. $20, treats about $15.

Training classes, usually around $120-180. More if you want to keep going beyond basic obedience which you might have to.

May have missed some stuff.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Krystal...hadn't seen your response yet when I posted this:
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Originally Posted By: HBHBut aside from unexpected or emergency costs, what is the average monthly cost?
Thanks Dena. This gives me a pretty good general idea. It looks like it would be safe to say $1,000 per year...give or take some.
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Now that we have all our puppy shots...monthly costs are about:

$35 for food (I buy a 44lb bag of Purina One at Costco...it usually lasts a little over a month)

$15 for Comfortis for fleas

$9.50 for a monthly heartworm pill (I buy a 6-pack..but each pill costs that much)

Plus yearly costs of $28 for shots. And I paid $85 for a basic obedience class. Plus costs for collars as he grows, leashes, id tags, cleaning supplies for puppy accidents.

But add to that what I spend for vet care: Puppy shots ($45), visit and antibiotics for stomach virus ($45), Worming and stool test ($22), Neutering ($70), Powder for itchy rash and pills to help with itching ($65)

Not cheap, but not budget killing either. Our vet is very reasonable on prices too. So far we havent had any other health issues to pay for, but they can and do need special vet visits. We have a 14 year old mutt that's never been to the vet for anythign but shots....but not every dog is so healthy.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd say 80ish for food, treats, and flea and tick treatments per month.
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I'd plan on $1500/year at least. I had an emergency with my (young) dog this year and it cost me $700. And german shepherds have a tendency to have a lot of health problems (especially digestive issues) so we end up spending more on supplements, high quality foods, etc.
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