oh Please! I buy a 35lb. bag of Chicken soup for the Puppy lovers soul every week and a 1/2 for my 2 babies. The puppy shots, the wormers the, heartworm, the kennels for when I am not home, the groomers every 2 weeks. Yeah, Okay, I will figure that when I win the lotto!
The Gunny is right about his last one....the expensive part is not the dog or the Vet...It's the 2 couches, the carpet in 3 rooms, all my chairs that have gone through teething, kind of like the baby beds my children teethed on and my list goes on and on....BUT I would not change a thing...as my sister has said, I have gone to the dogs....
if you get a big dog like a german shepherd - i don't even care to think about how much i spend on food..he can really eat (you can spend as much or as little as you want some dogs do just fine on ordinary dog food) - dog crate about $100 .. you definitely need one unless you want to come home to a torn up house - 200 dollars for puppy shots - heart worm medicine $6/month - toys (that's up to you how much you want to spend .. mine is happy with a tennis ball and stuffed animals from yard sales) -- leash and collar you can spend as little or as much as you want .. you need a really good one for a big dog ..it needs to hold up - 50 dollars for a big dog bed - 200 dollars spay or neuter - about 100 dollars a year for routine check .(ie heartworm test, rabies shot, parvo shot) - classes can range from $60-500 ... depends on where you go .. classes are important for shepherds ...they need to learn basic obedience b/c they will be sharing a home with you and they need to be socialized cuz there is nothing worse than a dog that is afraid of people and other dogs Love is free
don't be discouraged about getting a dog because people tell you it is so expensive .. .. other people are too outrageous with their dog purchases ..that's why petsmart stays in business even though some of their prices are just crazy
***Edited By: DogKnowIt All on 8/24/2005 12:12:52 AM*** Reason: ;-)
Food- $10.00 a month Toys- Roughly $300 a year, depending on what we buy, it may vary between more or less. I spend all my spending money on her. Beds- $80 + $20 = $100 for her two beds Surgery- her surgery ended up at $2,000
$2,520 for the year
There are also extra things that I don't feel like outting in right now, plus heart guard and flea medicine.
***Edited By: ShadowDog on 8/23/2005 10:14:14 AM*** Reason: add
360 dollars a year for food for my shih tzu 360 dollars a year for grooming 60 dollars a year for heartworm meds (heart guard) 0- 10 dollars a year for toys ... she doesn't like them very much .. she might chase a ball once a month if you are lucky and there is a place called walmart ... saves you money 60 dollars a year for annual vet check and shots
spay and neuter 200 dollars puppy shots 200 dollars bed 15 dollars for a small dog ... if your dog needs one leash and collar ... 5 dollars .. she hardly uses it and you won't need a strong one for such a small dog
so that is 850 dollars a year for a small dog and 420 dollars when you first get the dog now this estimate doesn't include other vet bills that you might come across
i own both big dogs and small dog .... i for one think the smaller dog is so much easier to take care of ... my shih tzu doesn't shed and i can bathe her very easily ... my gsd is very hard work ... lots of shedding ... i am constantly sweeping the floor ... lots more maintenance and when you go out of town you can't usually take them with not to mention the number they did on my furniture when they were babies .. my tzu never chewed up a thing p.s some people are just too outrageous .. so just go out there and check the prices for yourself
***Edited By: DogKnowIt All on 8/24/2005 12:24:20 AM*** Reason: ;-)
BTW instead of buying unnecessary things for pets and spending thousands just to spoil them why not buy them the necessitites and give them the love and attention they deserve and donate the extra thousands to your local no kill shelter or rescue ... i am sure they would appreciate the cash .. i know our no kill shelters here always need more money ,... ton of vet bills and food bills .. just a thought
i seriously doubt dogs need thousands of dollars worth of dog toys or diamond studded collars ...i am sure they won't miss it ... i know my dogs crave my love and attention more than anything in this world
don't get me wrong opt_to_adopt ... i am not telling you what to do but i suspect that your dog would be just as happy with toys from walmart .. i don't think he cares if you spend thousands or 30 dollars ... i think all he cares about is the time he spends with you
***Edited By: DogKnowIt All on 8/24/2005 2:30:58 AM*** Reason: ;-)
For.my dog: Food: $35.00 (I feed Canine Life muffins) I give her 1/2 muffin twice a day. It would cost $20.00 a month if I bought the pre-mix and baked my own instead of buying the pre-made muffins. $5 - raw bones 2 times a week. She gets vaccinated every three years. I get free vaccines as I work at an animal hospital. Vet bills: this year, she has cost me $300 but consider I get a nice discount. When she was two, she cost me $1500 due to struvite crystals. Other: (toothbrush, toothpaste, toys): $10/month
Cats: Food: around $100 a month - 1 bag of dry at $20 and the rest cans - one cat gets wet with a bit of dry and the other gets 1.5 cans a day. Treats:.$10/month Other: $10/month Iv fluids: $15/month - one cat has chronic renal failure so he gets subcutaneous fluids every day. I buy two bags of fluid and replace the line every month. I also get 30 needles each month. Again, I get a discount so this amount would be more maybe around $30? Vet bills: bloodwork/analysis/blood pressure check every 3 months for CRF cat: $90; vaccines for other cat every three years: free *when Schweppie was diagnosed with chronic renal failure, it would have cost $1600 for three days' hospitalization, IV fluids, meds, bloodwork, urinalysis, blood pressure checks, etc. He thankfully has not experienced any uremic crises since(knock on wood). In my experience, it costs $1500-1600 for each crises...
I'd say I spent $2000 during my dog's first year including her spay, crate, toys, classes, food, vet bills, and stuff she ruined. I guess I should include my carpet since she ruined that.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland