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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cost of owning a gsd

I owned a gsd as a kid but have not owned a dog for years now. I was wondering how much a years worth of vet bills cost these days, any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 08:47 PM
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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

We have had Max since January. This has been our cost.
Crate puppy toys odds and ends $150-$200
Monthly food and treats $50
Puppy plan for vacinations and worming $90
Max limping need xrays $389
Consult with Ortho dr. Max was diagnosed with HD $90
If Max needs surgery anywhere from $3800-$5800
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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

Brodys almost 11 months old.
Lets see.
worming and vacinations and office visits: 170.00
diagnosed with pano: 115.00
diagnosed with a histocytoma (thought this was one gonna be bad)150.00
neutered: 200.00
flea&tick meds: 45.00 (not for the whole year so x by 2)
heartworm meds: 35.00 (not for the whole year so x by 2)
Im sure Im forgetting something but just like rizzodm says:
"Friendship and loyalty priceless"
I actually have 2 puppies right now so x that by 2 also. Wow no wonder Im always broke.
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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

wow, those are some pretty intimidating costs, but I agree the friendship and loyalty cannot be measured in money.
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on average i spend about $1000 or less per year per dog.

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Originally Posted By: taj1414wow, those are some pretty intimidating costs, but I agree the friendship and loyalty cannot be measured in money.
keep in mind the first and last year are usually the most expensive. you also have to factor in the area you live, etc. neutering can run $50 - $250. dog food can run from $35 to $50+ per bag. training needs and cost vary greatly, and so on.

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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

For food, vet, and miscellaneous normal stuff (toys, treats, etc..) we spend less than $1000 per year, per dog. I'm not including any training or breeding costs in that, just general care of the dogs.

That's also with healthy dogs and no emergencies.... both of which could really rack up the bills quick if they happened.


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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

I think my dogs would be a poor example for the average dog owner. Their yearly cost is around 4k. They have a lot of issues though and have to see a specialist vet several times a year.

However, I must say you should always keep a plan ready in case you get a dog like mine. Of course I didn't set out to bring home sick dogs, it just happened that way. It can happen to any of us.

I do have one normal dog and his yearly cost is probably $300 - $400.

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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

Annual Costs:

Check up, vaccinations, heart worm medicine, flea/tick medicine = $300
Food = $600
Toys/Bones/Collars/Leashes = $300
Estimate one animal hospital visit = $500
Estimate one unplanned vet visit plus meds = $150
Emergency Fund = ???

Elmo is 17 months old and has been in good health (knock on wood). Molly, on the other hand is 9 and has needed two eye surgeries in the recent past. The first was 3 years ago. The second was in the other eye earlier this year. Both cost almost $4,000 each. I imagine costs for surgeries on a German Shepherd would cost more because he is much bigger.

Also, if for some reason your dog gets sick, they may need medication on a long term basis which can end up quite costly too. Molly needs $130 of medicine every month. I think I've unintentionally just scared people from buying a Jack Russell.
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Re: Cost of owning a gsd

All of which goes to prove the point that the cost of the puppy is a drop in the bucket compared to what you will end up spending for the dog in the long run. A "bargain" pup may turn out to be much more expensive than you bargained for. Buyer beware.

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