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just curious...

if you have a dog/dogs under twenty pounds, What's your average yearly costs thereabouts?

20-60 lbs. average yearly costs?


60-100lbs average yearly costs?


100 and above average yearly costs?


might be a good thread for potential first time dog owners to stumble across...

and im just curious.
 

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OK....Moose weighs about 125 pounds. He eats 4 cups (one pound) of dry food a day. Food is about a dollar a pound. So a dollar a day for food. He needs 2 different sizes of Heartgard because he's so big. So $14 a month for Heartgard from May to October. Shots cost the same no matter what size the dog is (combo one year, rabies the next, about $25 each). Neuter didn't cost much ($110), but it was more than the vet charges for smaller dogs. Frontline is about $12.50 a month from May to October, because he needs an entire vial of the largest size. He hasn't needed any vet care other than routine stuff, but if he did need medication, I imagine it would cost more due to his size. So....
$365 a year for food
$84 a year for Heartgard
$25 a year for shots
$75 a year for Frontline
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$549 a year, plus $110 for neuter


Toby weighs about 85 pounds. He eats 3 cups of dry food a day. Heartgard is about $7 a month. Frontline about $7 a month (I split the largest vial between Penny and Toby, but Toby gets more of it). Shots $25 a year. Neuter was $85. So....
$275 for food
$42 for Heartgard
$25 for shots
$45 for Frontline
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$387 a year, plus $85 for neuter


Penny weighs 50 pounds. She eats 2 cups (sometimes less) of dry food a day. Heartgard is about $7 a month. Frontline about $5.50 a month. Shots $25 a year. I think she needs to go to the groomer once a year to be brushed out, so that'll be about $50. Spay was $90. So.....
$180 for food
$42 for Heartgard
$25 for shots
$33 for Frontline
$50 for groomer
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$330 a year, plus $90 for spay


Granted, I think most dog owners spend more on their dogs than I do. I'm lucky because my dogs haven't needed a lot of vet work so far (which I'm sure will change as they get older), and my vet is very reasonably priced. And they aren't Poodles, who need to go to the groomer every month :p . And of course the first year is always more costly, as puppies need extra shots and testing and stuff. And I might have forgotten something---no accounting for my memory :D .
 

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Hmm..haven't had him on Innova for a year, but I'll estimate about $140 in food. $60 or so in "other stuff" (like poop bags and stuff), I'll say about $100 a year in vacc., about $100-150 for groomer appts.

So about $400-$450 a year I'll estimate on stuff that regularly happens yearly/during the year.

Stuff like new toys, a replacement clicker, etc, hard to judge.

Wally weighs about 10 lbs.
 

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Well, see, I knew I forgot something. Toys, collars, leashes, etc. (I don't buy new stuff very often) probably come to about another $100-$150 a year (altogether, not each). And I do supplement their dry food with some raw, and recreational bones, so maybe add another $30 or so to each dog's food total.
 

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Rocky is 55 lbs.

vet fees are liberally estimated at 50$ a year for the minimum required vax schedule.

Food is 2$ a day (assuming I feed him nothing I've hunted myself, which is ridiculous. I probably feed 20-30% wild game), so 720$.

He isn't neutered, but will be when our low cost program goes live again, so free for that.

He gets apple cider vinegar for ticks (which works amazingly well), so maybe 40$ a year?

760 a year for a raw fed, hollistically medicated dog at 55 pounds.

This doesn't include cost of treats or things he tears up, of course.
 

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I'll just do this year

Corso is 115 lbs

$10 food/week
$350 Spay (australias vets are so expensive)
$60/month flea and tick control
$100/year heartguard
$60/year Vacc

*gets calculator*
*gets pen and paper because i can't find the calculator*

ok so for the corso it's $1750 per year toys and treats not included (no vet visits out of the usual this year)

GSD is 86lbs

$7 food/week
$279 spay
$60 flea and tick
$100 Heartguard
$60 Vacc
$500 Hip X rays

alrighty..$2023 this year for her

BCXkelpie 40lbs

I got him this year

$4 food/week
$259 Neuter
$40 flea and tick
$100 heartguard
$300 Vacc
$600 eye surgery
$187 miscellaneous vet treatment

ok....$2034 this year

Jack Russell 13 lbs

$3 food/week
$200 neuter
$35 flea and tick/month
$100 heart guard
$60 vacc
$450 vet stay
$180 teeth clean

for him it's $1566

Labrador pup 9lbs

$1300 cost
$80 vacc
$18 flea and tick/month
$100 heartguard
$150 vet check
$5 food/week

for her it's $2106 this fortnight...

comes to a total of


$9479 dollars this year on my dogs....:eek::cool:

and the Corso is by far the cheapest
 

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All four of my dogs are in your 20-60 lb category, specifically 25, 28, 33, and 38 lbs. For just what I consider absolute necessities I spend $1132 a year, or $283 per dog. That is for food (kibble, not premium, not raw), one yearly vet visit, HW prevention for 12 months and Frontline for 6 months. Not included are toys and treats, other accessories, and other non-routine vet visits.
 

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My four dogs are in the 60-100 lb category.
Three @ ~65 lbs and one at 80 lbs.

Per year totals for all four:
Food - $2200 (raw)
Vet - $800 - 1200
Spay/Neuter - $600 for all
Toys - $150 - $200
Meds - $200
 

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Rottweiler 110 pounds
$42.00 a month for dog food
Vet can be anywhere from a few hundred to thousands in a year.
As a dog gets older there is more of a need for vet care.
Heartgard is $9.00 a month (but I get mine through rescue cheaper)
Kennel Club cost (for training) I think is around $190.00 for the year. (cheaper after first year)

Carsten is NOT neutered but I would love to know why it is so much more expensive here then everywhere you all live. I was quoted around $300.00. Ugh! :(

Also have to add in a few hundred dollars a year for appropriate toys and entertainment for the dogs. Keeps us all sane. :)
 

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I wouldn't even want to think of what I've had to spend...but wanted to say I think this is an EXCELLENT thread and the more that is added, might want to become a sticky. It would be a great read for someone thinking of getting a dog or just got one, to educate how much it can cost, depending on where you live and/or how/what you feed.

I fully admit my vet is a little expense but love the people there and have 2 vets I trust completely with my critters. I would hate to have to start all over! :eek:

Great idea Zim! :D
 

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I haven't had Basil for a full year yet, so I'll just estimate. He's 17lbs, by the way.
Food: About $15 a month ($180 a year)
Adoption fee: $75
Pet Deposite: $350
Collar: $2
Leash(2): $6
Harness(4): $28
Car Harness: $20
Crate: $40
Bed: $10
Toys: $20
Treats: Approx. $10 a month, including training treats, kong stuffers, and homemade ($120 a year)
Obediance Training: $35 (We'll start in August)
Shampoo: $5 per like... 3 months? ($20 a year)
Clothing: $15 (A shirt and some bandanas, will be more this winter)
Travel Carrier: $45

So, assuming that he doesn't have a vet emergancy, and doesn't chew anything up, the total this year for Basil is: $966! However, some of those are one time fees, like his crate and adoption fee. The continual yearly total is: $335, though it will probably be a bit higher for future vet bills, new toys, etc.

Also, my total seems a little low, too, because I was very fortunate when adopting Basil, the foster had already provided me with a free neuter, free shots, and a free year long supply of HW pills.
 

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I just want to say that its awesome that you guys (ladies too) can calculate the expenses like that. Me, I don't want to think about it. I just do it, see them be all happy, and eat my raman noodles...(lol, just kidding, we ALL eat well in this house).
 

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I just want to say that its awesome that you guys (ladies too) can calculate the expenses like that. Me, I don't want to think about it. I just do it, see them be all happy, and eat my raman noodles...(lol, just kidding, we ALL eat well in this house).
This was kind of my thought too...if I sat down and figured it out, I might have heart failure and then where would my babies be? I can tell you I just spent $350 on the cat yesterday! :eek:
 

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Cupid is 17 pounds, Clayton 6 (the last time he was weighed; he might be a pound or so bigger now). Here's an annual guesstimate (I haven't owned either dog for a full year) for the two of them:

$400 in food (Cupid is on a special diet)
$540 for grooming
$200 for treats
$400 for shots and vet care
$150 for toys (Cupid goes through balls quickly, and Clayton loves new toys)

These are the recurring expenses--there were also the one-time costs: adoption fees; collars, leashes, and harnesses; beds; kongs; training classes; and so on.

Vet charges have been more than my estimate because of Cupid's surgery and Clayton's giardia. I'm hoping some day to get closer to the estimate.
 

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Blaze is 60lbs. Non neutered, no groomer needed.

he eats roughly a 40lbs bag of food in 2.5 months (give or take) at 35 bucks a bag (costco). So roughly 180 bucks a year on food.

Treats/bones, probably 50 bucks a year.

Collars/toys/leashs I dont buy often at all. So probably MAYBE 50 bucks a year.

Vet care. yearly checkup and shots around 150 bucks, maybe a bit less.

Heartworm meds, 60 bucks from June1st until November 1st (dont use them other then those 6 months)

Other random things that dont fit a category- maybe 20 bucks (poo bags and such).

is just over 500 bucks.
 

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Great thread!....very interesting...I think its going to very a lot though...with what state/country you live in....whether you're the type of owner that buys a new toy/collar every week...or one who feeds a special diet....etc etc...


I with some of the others....I have no idea what we spend every year/month on our dogs...and if I did know I would probably faint dead away LOL
 

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I just want to say that its awesome that you guys (ladies too) can calculate the expenses like that. Me, I don't want to think about it. I just do it, see them be all happy, and eat my raman noodles...(lol, just kidding, we ALL eat well in this house).
I didn't used to, but I've overhauled my finances recently, and part of that is knowing exactly what comes in and goes out, as well as cutting back in alot of places. I was buying items that I used once and discarded, like a cat harness and leash, the gentle leader (which I can't stand), training books I haven't read, toys that are either destroyed in minutes or ignored, and collars that can't be seen under massive amounts of fur. I've also started buying Frontline online, which saves me $40 per box.
 

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You make a good point SheltieMom, considering the current economy. I might have to do that myself, just so I know. I will mention that my kids haven't had a new collar or leash in forever, and they are all looking a little worn. So I don't think I have to worry about buying too many collars...:eek:
 

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this is interesting. i posted this thread because several people both online and off have been talking about wanting mastiffs and danes and such while being penniless college students. was trying to get a feel for the price they'd be paying...

and everyone claims bigger dogs cost more. i was wondering the truth of that. i do know that their vet care tends to cost more because of higher dosages of medicine and anesthesia and such. as well as the fact that a mastiff is going to eat more than i dunno...a papillion..
 

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Rottweiler 110 pounds
$42.00 a month for dog food
Vet can be anywhere from a few hundred to thousands in a year.
As a dog gets older there is more of a need for vet care.
Heartgard is $9.00 a month (but I get mine through rescue cheaper)
Kennel Club cost (for training) I think is around $190.00 for the year. (cheaper after first year)

Carsten is NOT neutered but I would love to know why it is so much more expensive here then everywhere you all live. I was quoted around $300.00. Ugh! :(

Also have to add in a few hundred dollars a year for appropriate toys and entertainment for the dogs. Keeps us all sane. :)
I was quoted $330 by my vet too, but there is a spay/nueter clinic here that will do it for $75.
 
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