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    How much Does it really cost to Raise a Dog?

    hey guys, im gonna be getting a dog reall soon. (shih tzu) . How muc money do u guys spend on ur dogs each week, or month?

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    It all depends on what you are willing to spend I guess. Our first couple weeks with our pups was fairly expensive. We had to purchase crates (approx. $60.00 each), food ($35.00/20lb bag), treats and toys (approx. $40.000 and then there was the first round of shots, etc which was about $50.00 per pup.

    We don't cheap out when it comes to our pups. We only buy good quality food, toys, etc. It's all in what you want to spend but hopefully you realize there are costs involved in owning a pet.

    Good luck with your new pup.

    PS. If you choose to take the pup to puppy classes, that is an added expense also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomatoboi View Post
    hey guys, im gonna be getting a dog reall soon. (shih tzu) . How muc money do u guys spend on ur dogs each week, or month?
    It depends on if you plan on the dog getting sick or not. A dog that never gets sick and you don't do much with them can be pretty cheap.

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    I've spent about $2,500 on my dog so far.

    That includes what I paid for her, puppy class, the food I carefully picked out for her to eat, grooming utensils, occasionally kenneling her if need be, collars, toys, bones, crate, doggy toothpaste, vet expenses (booster shots, microchipping, etc.)

    She's only 9 months old, too!! LOL!!!

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    Well, I've spent almost $1000 on Joey and he's 6 months old. With crate, grooming, toys, food, and vet expenses it has added up I guess. But he's definitely worth it...... most of the time.

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    If I add up both dogs hmmm

    Sabot was free and came with a crate and toys KC was 250

    275 in vet bills
    600 in fence
    300 in the underground E fence
    150ish in collars,chains, harnesses and leashes
    400 in training

    50 a month in food

    so 2000 with a free rottweiler.

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    Oh I couldn't even count what I've spent on my dogs...LOL. A heck of a lot more than I spend on me that's for sure. I also put money away out of my paycheck every week for "emergency money", should anything happen to any of my pets.

    Put it this way, I spend over $1500/year just on kibble....haha. That doesn't include the RAW I feed on occasion, toys, treats and chews, vet checks, training, shots, flea preventative, the numerous crates/xpen, collars, leashes, salmon oil pills........etc....

    I'm not sure I really want to calculate all of it up into an approximate total, I'd probably have a heart attack! LOL

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    My Peke is about the size of a full-grown Shih Tzu (a larger one, anyway) and I don't spend any more than $20 a month on food (dry & canned) and treats. Flea/tick & heartworm preventative is about $15 a month. Basic vet care (vaccinations, checkup, stool check) would be about $75 a year, extra if any problems. The first year will be the most expensive, since you'll need to go through a series of vaccinations, neutering, buying all the supplies, etc.

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    i read some where that dogs cost about 3500-5000 dollers a year to keep.

    Dont skimp out on food. But expensive good food. It may seem like alot of money. but you wont need to feed to much of it as it wont be filled with all kinds of crap and wont make them as sick. Health check ups cost about 125 bucks here to get done (with shots). Toys I just buy at the dolelr store. I refuse to pay 15 dollers for a stuffed animal my dogo tears apart in a hour (They are supposed to be doggy proofed toys at the pet store. Pffftt dog proof my ass, I spent 20 somthing bucks on a large stuffed animal Blaze tore up with in a day). Puppy classes here run about 100 bucks for 6 weeks. Puppies cost alot, older dogs cost less as they wont need all the shots and check ups as puppies need.

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    Except older dogs still need boosters, and they do need routine checkups, including dental care. It's so sad that people think that once they get a dog through the puppy stage, that they're done with vets until an illness or injury occurs. Routine vet checkups can help prevent those costly visits for illnesses.

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    If you are talking abotu what i wrote about older dogs. offcourse they need yearly check ups and boosters. I just meant that puppies need more then the 3 year old dog ect. Puppies are more expensive then a older dog (offcourse a healthy older dog). You need yeraly check ups and such to make sure the dog is healthy. i hope I make myself clear now. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tankstar View Post
    If you are talking abotu what i wrote about older dogs. offcourse they need yearly check ups and boosters. I just meant that puppies need more then the 3 year old dog ect. Puppies are more expensive then a older dog (offcourse a healthy older dog). You need yeraly check ups and such to make sure the dog is healthy. i hope I make myself clear now. Sorry.
    Please don't be sorry. Your post was right on, but I think it's difficult to remember everything, and I just wanted to clear up that point in case the OP thought that when puppyhood was over, there wouldn't be any expense. No offense intended.

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    Plus, routine checkups and having a good relationship with your vet will make it a lot easier to get an appointment when you really do NEED one. You'll get in a lot quicker as a responsible owner in good standing than the person they saw once 5 years ago for puppy shots.

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    I sometimes wonder if the annual vaccinations and the booster shots do more harm than good. Could it be they eventually destroying the health and immune system? The routine vaccination. From what I've read vaccines only need to be given once or twice in a dogs lifetime. Think about it. the pet is injected with the actual disease the vaccine is trying to prevent like parvo or distemper...sort of like our flu shots. The flu shot is just to wake up the body into realizing what a given virus looks like and it remembers this-so, how many vaccinations are needed to imprint the memory of that disease in your dogs immune system? If the body has an immune system that is capable of remembering that virus/disease, how many vaccinations are needed? I would think only one or two. I think we sometimes vaccinate our pets to death. Just a thought. It's an old school thought that we all have kept. Why would a "booster shot" be needed to wake up your pet's immune system since it already has antibodies from previous injections? Food for thought.
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    You raise a controversial subject that I see a lot of "doggy people" discuss, and I don't know the answer, but what a lot of people choose to do is have their vet run a titer to see if the dog is protected or not. So add this to the cost of having a dog instead of the shots.

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    Although plenty of people have responded to this question, I'll throw in my two cents. We got out puppy on December 19th, this is what I've paid thus far.
    I got him from a shelter, his adoption fee was $75. This may or may not be an expense you need to worry about, depending on where and how you're getting your pup.

    --His crate, food and toys probably have totaled to around $80 - $100 thus far
    (we were lucky enough to receive a free bag of Science Diet from the shelter and one from our Vet though)
    --1st vet appt was for dewormer (he had roundworms), Heartguard (just one dose) and his first distemper shot with the exam cost around $70
    --"Emergency" vet appt cause he was sick, needed new medicine for a parasite issue was about $50
    --Second distemper and heartguard was about $40
    --Third distemper and exam should be about $40 or $50 again
    --I got a quote for him to get neutered and that came to be around $250 and he has a hernia that is going to be fixed for $90. But in most counties I've seen where you can get vouchers and coupons to get your pet neutered or spayed at a cheaper rate.

    Basically, being fresh in puppy debt, I can tell you that in the beginning, it's not cheap. You have at least 3 sets of distemper shots you have to get and depending on the puppy's illness or if they have worms, it can cost even more. If you're willing to put in the money and time in the beginning then they will end up healthy and just need the once or twice a year check up and then food and updating the treats. As others stated, training classes are available, but I do not use them. They are too expensive for me. I'm only a college student living on my own, but if you can afford them, it'd be something to look at. That's my two cents and trying to help at all...Good Luck! Dogs are the greatest thing someone can ever have, they become family.

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    well my first dog that i bought was over 1,000 do not buy mixed breeds they are very hard to raise! so just trust me... !

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlepugs25 View Post
    well my first dog that i bought was over 1,000 do not buy mixed breeds they are very hard to raise! so just trust me... !
    Sorry, can't do that (trust you), as I know that just isn't true. Mixed breeds aren't any harder to raise than purebreds. Some dogs are more difficult than others to train, usually because the dog is way too smart, but it has nothing to do with whether they are pure or mixed.

    Could it have been because it was the first dog you had, and didn't know how to train it, and didn't seek help in training it?

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    We have a 9 week old great dane puppy and we have already spent 1700.00.


    1.cost of puppy

    2.vet visit-shots,check-ups and microchipping

    3.food

    4.toys and so on.


    but thats what it takes when you take on the responceablity of a puppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlepugs25 View Post
    well my first dog that i bought was over 1,000 do not buy mixed breeds they are very hard to raise! so just trust me... !
    That is just wrong. There really is no heakth differnce between them and a pure breed. Your name has pugs in it. Did you know pugs have alot more health problems then alot of breeds of dogs, becuase they have the squieshed in face ect? Mixed breeds are no more money then a purebreed.

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