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Old 01-16-2014, 08:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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We have had our two right at a year....
This is for both dogs!

Food - $210 a month that is both combined with treats.

Toys/puzzles - $450 for the year

Supply's - leads, long lines, collars, backpacks, water bowls, paw pad cream, seat covers, brushes, nail clippers, grinder for nails, soaps $700

Vet - we found a great vet office visits are only $55 half of our old vet that had nothing good to say about shepherds and told us we were crazy if we brought one in the house with all the kids we have in and out. He had many horror story's to tell us! The new vet loves and adores them. Always brags on them, and can't believe how loving and gentle they are. She says dogs twice their age don't behave as well as they do. She also is great about meds and rechecks being discounted. Find a vet that loves animals and keeps cost within reason. All of the shots, test and preventive meds are only a couple of dollars difference in her office compared to the humane society. Here is the key! MILES has been to the vet twice...once of his puppy check, and once for his 1 year check. So he has cost 110$ for the year. His shots are all 7-18$ and were done by the vet tech, the office does not charge office visit if tech does shots. MILLIE is a bit different!!! She is adventurous, jumps before she thinks...and has been to the vet 7-8 times! She flew over the sofa (4 months...she jumped the love seat...cleared it!!!) as a pup, we thought she hit way to hard. Nothing was wrong but had her checked. She rammed a stick in her mouth/throat....had her checked and rechecked a few times to make sure healing was going okay. Meds were steroid and antibiotics. She climbed a tree, not with out permission (6months old) paw pads were a little sore so walked funny....vet told her to stop climbing trees, but simple visit as the fix was paw pad cream and ice pack. Anther time she was running so hard, slammed into the fence, had a swollen eye...nothing wrong other than a bruise that can cause swelling...:-/
Needless to say, Millie is more costly in vet bills but with all of her antics we have managed to stay well under $1000 for the year with all shots, preventive checks and screenings, meds, visits and rechecks...

Kennels/bedding - $500

Puppy classes -$800

Real dog classes - $100 a month but that is a discount and the guy does not do it for money, he does it for the love of the breed....so that is not a realistic price for normal working line dog training. Especially for two dogs!

Hope that helps... That is all I can think of off the top if my head. Ours are only 1 year old. They are extremely healthy. If Millie was not the basket case she is...we would have no vets bills....:-/





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Most of ours was initial start up cost! We had never had shepherds...we started with nothing for them....our humane society does walk in clinics for shots, heartworm preventive, flea and tick meds, microchips, I would check your local place and see what the prices are. Because they don't charge office visits....our friends said they are much cheaper. I think they had their cat microchipped for $10....ours was not that cheap!!!



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Old 01-16-2014, 08:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A lot. Plus, if you are thinking of getting a dog, make sure you have extra money/a plan incase something major happens.

Berlin had a bloat scare a few weeks ago, I honestly thought he was bloating, he had all the symptoms. I rushed him to the e vet, expecting to walk out paying NO LESS than a grand. He luckily didn't bloat, but I paid $300 for basically a souvenir x-ray and peace of mind
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have 5 dogs ....

Food $220 a month

Heartworm testing/medication $460 a year

Flea/ tick $250 a year

Toys $1000 a year(nylaboned are expensive)

Training $400 a year(member at a club reduces costs dramatically)

Misc(collars/treats) $500 a year

Vet care 2013 was about $2500 for all of them and that includes a neuter for one and shots for two. They are all on a three year program, so shots are not due for any of them at one time.

Start up costs for each dog is about 500-750 depending on what is needed.
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A lot. Plus, if you are thinking of getting a dog, make sure you have extra money/a plan incase something major happens.

Berlin had a bloat scare a few weeks ago, I honestly thought he was bloating, he had all the symptoms. I rushed him to the e vet, expecting to walk out paying NO LESS than a grand. He luckily didn't bloat, but I paid $300 for basically a souvenir x-ray and peace of mind
Scary....glad everything was okay...:-/ my kids would have freaked after the movie Marley and me....:-/


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Old 01-16-2014, 08:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thousands and he's only 14 months. Just spend $1500 a few days ago.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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no even going to try to add it up. 1 year, couple thousand on vet care, toys, food, classes.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I would look into pet insurance, there are some older threads worth researching. Injuries and illnesses happen and it's rarely cheap, In 2013, I've shelled out close to $7k on two separate injuries. I've seen threads where others have spent even more.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:05 PM   #18 (permalink)
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the big dent in the wallet is definitely start up (especially if its your first dog). buying the pup, multiple vet visits for shots, collar, leash, dog bed, crate, etc. i definitely noticed the chunk of change missing during those first few months. once the dog grows its just buying dog food and insurance. you barely even notice that.

now if you get a crap dog from a byb then the cost increase exponentially. in the long run a 300 pup will end up costing you much more than a 1500 pup. at least that how it was for me.
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Oh gosh not sure I want to go there.

One dog-already have crates, leads, supplies

Food-about $60 x 12 = 720
Toys about $50
Training seminars = avg $1000
Gas for SAR training/searches = $1200
Routine Vet avg 1x/year, titers, blood tests = $250
Pet Insurance = $450
Heartworm Preventive - Ivomec - $15
Flea/Tick - Springtime- $30
Things Destroyed - $200

So I guess about $3900-$4000 barring any serious illnesses
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Mine is not a "crap dog from a BYB."
Even a well bred GSD can end up having health problems. There are no guarantees.
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