As much as the question goes the topic description pretty covers it all, how much money do you spend on your pet in a year? First, start by telling the breed of your dog(s), then sum up the payment(s) from food to yearly checkup to toys, clothing, etc. (If it's to much in the end, round it up.) This information would really help and be appreciated by me, a person who wants to get started with having a new friend in her life.
Let's see... all his routine shots, he has been to the vet for being attacked by another dog, 2 ear infections, neuter and to remove a retained testicle, microchip, and now he's at the vet for open stitches.
Umm what else... food, his food is about $22 a bag, 1 bag per month. Treats... he goes through tons of treats.
Cleaning products, cologne (yes I bought him cologne), a mat for his crate, sweaters (when he was a baby), bandana's.
Then there is the training classes. Puppy kindergarten and basic obedience, he is moving onto agility and k9 freestyle.
Then all his agility equipment has cost me hundreds.
There's more but I can't think :)
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 8/21/2005 10:05:12 PM*** Reason: add
Purchasing the dog is probably one of the cheapest bills you will get with pet ownership.
You have to take into account the vet bills, shots, wormings, feed, supplements, grooming equipment, groomers, toys, beds, kennels, fencing, and more.
I'd venture a guess of a few thousand a year for our gang of 5. Vet bills are probably the biggest expense.
I wouldn't give up any of them for the world though.
Plus, if you have a young dog, like our Pit Bull / Shar Pei mix, you have to add in 3 chairs, a couch, 4 pairs of expensive shoes for my Mom. She is like a beaver and chews when left alone. Owning a dog is very expensive.
Ohhh I forgot about my kitties. But they really aren't that much at all. Their food is about $7.99 a bag, 1 bag a month. Plus canned food which is a little pricey. I get fancy feast for $18.95 at Sams (48 cans) that lasts about a month)
Then cat litter, I get about $7.99.. another month there. And their yearly vet visits. They don't play with toys :P
Some shelters also sponsor programs to spay/neuter pets of low income family for no or low fees. Not having the money to spay or neuter is definitely not an excuse...and think of how much more expensive it would be to raise puppies!!
you know when i first got gunny, i never thought i would ever spend the money i do on dogs. let did i think i could afford it. but somehow i seem to come up with the money. and i know i still could afford to live off 10% less.
I remember a couple days before I got Riley I went to petsmart to get him some toys and a leash and some things and I remember thinking I better get the cheap toys because "this is so expensive"... little did I know I'd be spending thousands a few months later lol
You have to take into account the vet bills, shots, wormings, feed, supplements, grooming equipment, groomers, toys, beds, kennels, fencing, and more Depending on where you live.
I myself have probably spent $500 maybe a little more on extras. ( i only have 1 min. schnauzer - 2 yr.) Collars, toys beds etc. but you can spend as much or as little as you want after the cost of buying the dog. The rest is up to you. like human babies some things are unavoidable (vet, shots, grooming, food) but as far as extras it is up to you.
Oh, Yea... remember if you are looking at a breed that needs to be groomed by a professional that is an extra cost. But it is another cost.
good luck - do alot of research to make sure what ever type yof dog you get is what you are looking for and enjoy these little fur family members are what makes familys complete.
(According to my husband I do not have to buy Sasha a bed -- we already did ours) - save money there - haha
A ton. I would like to know just how much my self. It would probably be overwhelming if it was all added up. But you know what, I don't regret a dime because they are our babies and our respondsiblilty.
I have a year old Bichon Frise/Westie mix named Cody. He weighs 17 lbs. The first year is very expensivie, I would quessamate about $1200.00. A bag of food for him costs $10-12.00 and lasts about 6 weeks. I budget $55.00 a month to pay for vet bills, grooming (he gets groomed every 5 weeks) I budgeted this amount for my other dogs too and it seemed to work out pretty good. Once in a while I had to add a little if something unusal came up, like Kennel Cough and a trip to the E Vet. I do pay for his food and toys out of my pocket. I don't regret spending the money at all , he is worth every penny. Good luck and enjoy!
I have two pomeranians Pumpkin and Foxy Cleopatra I bought them 2 months ago for 400$ each Food per month 45$ Collars and leads 50$ Bowls,bed,and brushes 100$ clothing,boots,toys,carriers 200$ I have to get them professionaly groomed weekly and it's about 20$ each for washing,drying,brushing because my grandmothers friend is the groomer, but not all dogs need this and if they do sometimes it's more expensive So, so far its been about 1,500
I know what you mean. We bought a small 5 acre horse farm for our horses and with the cost of property and taxes in Jersey I don't want to think of that expense.
Between the dogs, cats and horses we probably spend between $20,000.00 to $25,000.00 a year add to that horse trailers, handler fees, entry fees (2 dogs showing) and don't forget the gas to get here and there.
Yes, and the $3,000.00 we just spent on a cat with a broken leg. Dang, now I am depressed.
I forgot we have about $20,000.00 sunk into the pet cemetary as well.
***Edited By: Renorey on 8/22/2005 9:19:52 PM*** Reason: More data
I have a 6.5 month old female chocolate labrador retriever named Hershey--short name for Hershey's Kisses II. Dogs are quite expensive. She has cost us already over $1300 since we got her on May 13th.
It's amazing how much stores want for high-end dog foods. Several weeks ago, I wanted to change Hershey over gradually from Nutro Ultra Puppy to Wellness. A 30 lb bag of Wellness Super5Mix Chicken & a 30 lb bag of Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato Formula cost $91.20. She does very well on both Nutro Ultra Puppy and Wellness. Nonetheless, both of these brands cost over $40 a bag. I can't really give you an exact cost of dry dog food for a year, but I'm guessing it will be $400-$500. Hopefully, it will be less. Then there is also the expense for dog biscuits and other dog treats. All in all , puppies and adult dogs are quite expensive.
***Edited By: Maggie57 on 8/22/2005 11:17:58 PM*** Reason: edit