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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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How much your dog costs

So I was wondering, hopefully someone wouldn't mind telling me how much they spend on their dog yearly. On average of course, I'm sure know one actually knows the exact price unless you keep up with all that. Including vet visits and what not. How many vet visits must your dog go to a year? And does anyone have pet insurance? How much is it and does it cover any and everything that could happen to your dog?
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I've only had Lola since October, but I've spent quite a bit! I don't wanna add it up. LOL
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Lol you should let me know, so can figure out how much it could potentially cost me
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post #4 of 89 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 07:17 PM
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My Shepard cost me a lot of money. Each month is a min of $80 just for food. Doesn't include anything else. She is only 8 months now. She always comes first tho. No matter what i'll always buy her needs/wants before my own. If your not ready to dedicate your money and time do not buy this breed. $$$ lots. Just look at spending a few thousand there first year....
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My gsd has/is pretty darn healthy altho, last year she had a major health crisis in the spring. (some type of bacterial infection)..that cost alone was around 2-2500 bucks for a couple weeks worth of vet care , and she didn't stay there, she went daily for a week for med's, So that ONE occurance really put a dent in my finances (just paid it off yippee!).

She's 5 years old, and honestly with all my dogs, I can probably say I've had atleast ONE major crisis at one time or another with all of them.

If I have a year of good health, the cost isn't much. Food/toys/treats, hard to break it down with just one dog, as I have multiples. I don't vaccinate, I titer, so doing that bi annually, costs me around 85 a dog.. HW meds for my gsd are around 100 bucks a year (I only do HW /9months),,yearly checkup/hw/testing probably 150 or so for each dog. Food, again, hard to determine, I probably go thru 40lbs in about a month and half. could be off on that, I really don't keep track

Lets put it this way, just when you think things are going smoothly, something usually pops up that costs some money..

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One rabies for a total of $145 I think. Just over one year now so titers soon.

$50 month for raw food.

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I don't want to add up the vet bills. Those are thousands of dollars, and Hans is only 2.
I just dropped $650 there today, as a matter of fact.
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post #8 of 89 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 07:45 PM
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OMG. I tried to do this in my head I give up! A few things that I did:
-called the local vet that I was going to use and asked for a schedule and prices of routine care including spaying. That's a least a ball park of a healthy dog. The first year there are always more appointments. I do all recommended vaccines, and treat for heartworm, fleas and ticks.
-check out dog food prices based on what you are going to feed. I spend a lot more than I thought I would. She is very picky. I also spend a fair amount of money on toys, training treats, beds, collars, leashes, etc. Ok, a lot of money
-can find prices of crates on line.
-training classes?
-we also installed invisible fencing outside, so that's an added expense.

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I spend about $100/month on dog food. $50/month on supplements. $30/week on random toys/treats/chews. $10/month on average for collars. One, maybe two vet visits a year per dog around $80 each, on average. $60/year on preventative.

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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 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 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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