Ok, so im in Canada... a lady i know is trying to get rid of her dog. Since she's allergic. It's a shihtzu, so I might take it seeing as i already have shih tzu's. The dog is 8-9months old. It has ONLY recieved deworming and first puppy shots when it was younger. What type of vet bills am I looking at spending if I take him in? Would the vet be able to just catch the pup up with all it's shots in one visit? and also... is $200 too little to expect?
I'm just curious because i need to know how much to save, and if the dog would have to go back again to continue the shots since the nearest vet to me is 4hrs away.
If the dog is 9 months old, they will give them another set of shots, probably a dewormer and rabies. You might have to go back in a month or two, I'm not sure. But I just took mine to the vet for vaccines, bordatella, rabies and an exam and only paid $195 for two dogs, so I think $200 should be ok.
Once the first shots are given, they are only needed every 3 years. But they will need the rabies every year for three years, then it skips to every three years for everything. I still recommend having a vet visit every year to make sure everything is ok. And if you are looking for a cheap place to do a neuter or spay, try looking for a spay specific clinic. This is all they do, everyday so it should only run you $70 for a neuter or $100 for a spay.
I'm in Edmonton, and we have a spay clinic, its so much cheaper considering I have 4 pets. I do know that they have a spay clinic in Ottawa. And anyother big city should have one. Scarborough, Oshawa, London, should have them too.
Bogle..I'm Canadian as well. I figured you were when I seen a post referring to puppies smelling like Tim Hortons coffee :) I'm in Ontario..for the rabies here, the girls got it at 4 months, again a year later..then it's every other year. Heartworm testing is only every other year as well. Personally I would call around to a few local vets. They will generally give you an estimate and I know the prices vary greatly where I am. When I called around for spay prices they went from $120 to $350 depending on the clinic. Same for vaccinations and heartworm meds.
I don't know how many dogs you have right now, or how old they are. I think there was also a thread that mentioned this a few days ago. But, if you're really worried about vet prices now be careful that you don't get too many dogs too quickly. When dogs start to age the vet bills start to rack up and having dogs tends to get a lot more expensive. Even though you may be able to afford a bunch of young dogs right now, it will get a lot harder to afford them all as they age..especially if they will all age at the same time. I don't know what your situation is and it seems like you are doing a good job of thinking through the decision and planning ahead, but just a heads up since you mentioned that you are a new owner! =)
Oh, I can afford the vet bills.. just wanted to give this new doggie a home... I may take him, pay to get all his vet needs and find him a new home... as, i do have 2dogs right now... and 3 might be abit much... but yeah, i just wanted to know how big of a bill i was looking at