I am considering getting a choc lab for the first time, and was just wondering what costs would be for the new pup. the parents both have papers and come from a long line of choc's and they are asking 450 for a female, i think that's pretty reasonable, but they say that they will do the shots before sale at like 8 weeks old. I am wondering what costs for shots i am going to have to cover after that, and an estimate of neudering at 6 months. any feedback would be great including rough average annual costs too.
You would have to talk to your vet about the neutering. If all goes well, shots are usually under $100 a year. So the dogs are papered, what about health testing? did you consider the serious health problems labs can have. Esp. hip displaysia. The parents of the pup should have there hips OFAed, and eyes CERFed at the very least.
Don't listen to the old stupid line, "my dogs don't have those problems so we don't test". $450 sounds great now, wait until your bill runs into the thousands becuase the dogs were not properly health tested.
Vets say to get shots+worming every 3-4 weeks untill after 4 months old. Our vet wanted 46$ every 3 weeks so we found a vet chain that was only 13.50. Petco has a pup shot clinic thats pretty fair. You could also go to the feed store and buy the shots and give them yourself (they show you how) Then theres the Rabies shot thats extra 10$. I'll have that done when he's gets fixed. I called around on the cost of getting our pup fixed and it also a wide range. We have a Lab/shepard mix that is 5 moths and over 50 lbs so the price goes up with wight. It was like 90$ + 40 for pain meds and + this for that ect... Some have a flat rate that included everything for around 200.00$ So call around, it was a big diff..from 50$ a month for shots and 13.50! Good luck.