Hi everyone... I'm new here and hoping for some suggestions. We currently have 2 dogs. Our minpin is almost 4 yrs old and 15lbs. Our lab/border collie mix is almost 2 yrs old and 50lbs. I have found a beautiful lab/border collie mix on Petfinder and I am IN LOVE! She's about 7 months old and looks to be the same size as my other pup. My husband's only arguement for not getting her is that we "can't afford another dog". I know there's always unexpected things that come up, but honestly, on a day to day basis? It couldn't be that much more expensive. Yes, we'd go through a little more food and I'd need another crate and bowls. But I just don't see how adding 1 more dog when we already have 2 is that much more of a cost. Suggestions?
Don't do it. I did, and I was so sorry. The third dog just tipped the balance not only of money, but the time I had for all the animals and for myself.
You have to plan for another set of heartworm pills and flea ointment. Another set of vet bills. Another set of leashes, pet toys, treats, not to say food.
You are lucky to have two young, healthy dogs. But think of where you'll be in five to seven years with three older dogs to take care of. Dental care on an older dog is not cheap. Older dogs also get more chronic illness.
...I'm going to say stick with two dogs. Because dogs are expensive, and for the sake of marital harmony, two is quite enough! I only have one-that's all my husband allows for the moment. So consider yourself lucky to have two!
Maybe the day-to-day stuff is affordable now, but in about three to five years, caring for three aging dogs will become much more expensive. We adopted our dog when he was 6 years old. He is only 13 pounds so food and treats don't cost us much. Vaccinations here in Illinois are't very expensive. BUT he has already cost us $2000+ for cancer treatment and about $1000 for dental work--in barely THREE YEARS! Lucky for him, we love him. Because now he is getting yet another tooth pulled on Monday. Bye bye $350.
Unexpected, costly stuff happens. Even to young dogs. Add another dog and you are increasing the probability. Say you get the dog and the health of one of the three declines or they are hurt in an accident...suddenly you can't afford your dogs. Your husband is not going to make the situation any easier with the "I told you so" line.
Other than vet bills, going from one to toy wasnt all the much. I couldve not bought anything for the puppy and be all set, what with all the stuff Kiba had being the only dog. I love having two, not only do they keep themselves entertained when I'm too busy, but its twice the love.
I hope to be adding a 3rd in with the mix as well, so if you do let me know. The only extra things for a third dog, I would think is a little more for food, plus vet bills and heartworm. Though it is usually cheaper in the long run anyways when you buy in bulk.
Food and everyday items are nothing. It's the unexpected Vet bills that can break the bank. I've been saving to have some orthopedic work done on Grace. Looking at about 3 grand worse case. The cats all get sick from the shelter Christmas kitty and one cat gets pneumonia and liver disease. That cost 2 grand. He was a free cat, but I love him. Now he's a high priced cat.
After 6 dogs and numerous cats, I'm not ashame to say that I'm relieved to only have 2 dogs and numerous other creatures.
When it comes right down to it, if it means that we have to go to the Doctor or one of the animals have to go, the animals will be the ones to go. Keep the 2 dogs only unless you win the lottery.
My hubby has told me that I have to limit the number of animals in the house because he doesn't want to live in a zoo, but he is wearing down. My son wants a cat and I want a show dog - he wants peace and quiet (we will probably win). Anyway, even though you already have two dogs, another dog means more vet bills and everyday expenses. Not only spaying/neutering, but flea and heartworm preventatives, food, etc. really add up. Plus, if there is a health problem (heaven forbid) all of the bills that go along with that as well. I would be apprehensive, too if I thought for a second that I couldn't afford another pet.
I don't think adding the third is the problem. Having 3 roughly the same age can be a problem. They will all age together. You could lose all three within the same time frame. Worst of all old age is expensive! I had 3 dogs but their ages were really spread out. Currently, I have a 15 year old cat, 12 year old dog, 10 year old cat, 7 year old dog and a 2 year old cat. The oldest 3 needed dentals the beginning of the year. I spent a total of $1200 for all three. Really think about it. If I were you I would definately wait a few years...like 5 would be ideal.
I say if you want it then you should get it. Just like with kids, if you waited until you could afford them then you would never have them. You will come up with the extra money if needed for emergencies when necessary. You only live once, be happy and tell your husband to like it or lump it.
I think Corgi gave you good advice. We just lost one of my schnauzers about 2weeks ago and if you have a special needs dog it can be expensive too. He had diabetes and was one two insulin shots a day. So, you never know what is going to happen and what kind of cost you will be dealing with. If it was just food, toys, etc. I would have a dozen. lol!!!
Yeah, Corgi has a point. I have 4 pets. Two dogs, one is 21/2, the other is 3. Two cats, one is 21/2, the other is 5 months. I don't know what I'm going to do when they get older, I think my cats will outlast the dogs (if all stay healthy), but I can't even think of losing one of them, let alone all of them around the same time.
i would have to aggree with everyone on waiting also. I have three dogs all around the same age and i spend so much money on the care and proper things for the dogs sometimes i dont know where all my money goes. For one person i would have to say unless you have the money one dog is enough. For two people two is just perfect. You have enough hands to watch take care of and pay attention to both dogs equally. adding another dog into the equation doesnt make it work. now for some people its different because they have the time and money for more animals. but if you dont have those things i dont think its a good idea.
If you think you can hadle it you can get another i think. I have yes 5 dogs the thing is i am only responsable for 2. They are all diffrent ages 12,2,3,5,and 4 months. I have alot of cats to 4 adults and 3 kittens (dumpster rescues). So it can be done but how much time can you give each of them? There are 5 people in my family my brother has 1 dog my sister another my dad 1 and me 2. My mom takes care of them on weekdays.
Money isn't the main thing i think you should be worried about at frist but how much time you have to spare.