How much does it cost to own a dog?

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  1. Aisling

    Aisling Previously 89109

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    I haven’t had a dog since i was a kid, so I guess I really never did as my parents had all the responsibilities...fast forward 50 some years, and as I’m pushing retirement ( wife deceased, no children) I’m researching large protective breeds ( GSD, Rottweiler, Doberman, etc.)
    To cut to the chase, how much do you budget for your dog monthly/yearly, food, vet etc?
     
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  2. DennisP

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    I have had Dobermans and a GSD in the past, all great dogs. Currently we have a Greyhound (retired racer) and an American Bully puppy and they eat perhaps $100 month in food (I IRC). As for vet bills, Loki the American Bully just got sniped, micro chipped and tags for $325 or so, add in regular vet trips/shots and I say a few hundred dollars a year, definitely under a thousand. I would not be without a dog anymore, they are family members in our house and well worth what ever we spend.
    Good luck
    Dennis P.
     
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  3. Mugsie1

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    My dog? A freaken fortune! She's a rescue with severe ptsd, physical and mental ailments. Completely focused on me. Extremely protective of me, but my absolute best friend and I'd never give her up.
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  5. DonD

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    My mother had cats when we were growing up. I like them but am now allergic.

    Wife and I watch a lot of vet programs on cable and I'm stunned by the cost of vet surgeries etc. One person on Dr Jeff's Rocky Mountain program last night got a quote of $7000 to fix a broken leg on a rottweiler!!

    Our last of two cats never had any issues other than a rare hairball that she cleared herself, great pet. Don
     
  6. 1eyedjack01

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    That's like asking a parent how much do you budget for the care of your child.

    If you aren't committed to spend what it might take in money, time and patience to care for a dog then do yourself and especially the dog a favor - Don't get one.
     
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    We have two - ****zu and Lhasa Apso. The high quality food is pretty expensive, and the vet bills are also up there. There is a lot of wiggle room for you though. We have their teeth cleaned, and some other preventive measures done that you could eliminate if you wanted to save money.
     
  8. RSCamaro

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    I’m a Doberman type, I’ve only owned them since the 90’s. My StoliNekia, is now close to 10years old and pretty much at old age for a dobie. Cost...

    $600.00 from a breeder in Ga., I’m in NY.
    $350.00 to fly her up to me.
    $400.00 to $500.00 per year for a medical vet plan. This covers shots, check ups, the ability to get an appointment at the vet.
    $20.00 to $30.00 per week for dog food. Sometimes I think that you can buy meat and rice cheaper.
    $ Collars, leashes, and toys. If you get a protective dog, you and the dog will need to play together.

    This last month cost my wife and I around $6,000.00 in vet bills. The dog had some kind of infection that messed up her womb. It ended up having to go to a specialist for antibiotics, 3 visits, emergency surgery to remove all the girl parts, and some kind of mass was found. In my case “Nekia or Nikky” is 100% absolutely my wife's dog.

    Do yourself some research on different types of protector type dogs, including health hazards or problems that may be common to the breed. In my case, I think I should not have bought mine without seeing if it was an inbreed puppy farm or a more normal breeder.

    ...Ron
     
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    I'll spend a few hundred a year on one. If it goes much beyond that, the pound is full of others to pick from.
     
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    Well, it depends. My wife brought one of our three to the vet for some procedure. She filled out the paperwork and the vet asked how much money to spend to save her life if something bad happened.

    Wife: " Unlimited "

    Vet: " Unlimited ? ? ? "

    Wife: " Unlimited unlimited "
     
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    That's like asking if you save money by hunting instead of buying food. :p
     
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    We've had 3 Rottweilers. Costs about $50 a month I'm guessing. Didn't matter to me. Great breed but you need to be consistent and educated on the breed.

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    It can be expensive, but life is empty if you don't have a dog and or cat to come home to.
     
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    Seems a little harsh. The OP wanting to know if he can afford a dog before he gets one sounds pretty responsible to me.

    Shelters are full of dogs people got without realizing how much time patience and money they require. Everyone would have been better off if they had asked questions like this before they got one.

    Speaking of time and patience, if the OP has never raised a puppy he should look into how much work they are before he does. Its not just the money.
     
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    All I know is.... there's no such thing as a "free" dog.
     
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    Whatever it takes.

    Like anything in life, there's no guarantee of anything.

    Except how much "your " dog loves you if you love them first.
     
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    If one asks a question, one should be prepared to hear an answer. Reality is harsh and sugar coating the truth serves no purpose.
     
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    Don't forget the cost of new carpet, sofa's, lawn repair, etc. Worth every penny though.
     
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    There is no such thing as a free dog
     
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    I’ve had Dobes for 30 years. Other than the initial cost (several thousand bc I fly em in from Europe).

    vet bills annual $200
    Flea/tick/heart worm med $40/month
    Dog food about $60/month
    I clean their teeth and trim their nails myself

    Barring accidents, that’s it...now when they get older you will have medical bills if you want to keep them comfy/extend their life. Please don’t be selfish, if it’s time for them to go let them go...don’t prolong their suffering if they are suffering.
     
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