A LOT less than owning a horse!
"To cut to the chase, how much do you budget for your dog monthly/yearly, food, vet etc?"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?
You dont get to be a veterinarian by going to night school. You do learn a lot of skills i vet school and you do incur a considerable debt. Within levels of endeavor a veterinarian is equal to a physician in skill levels and in some cases equiptment and supply costs are quite comparable. Most drugs are the same and a lot of equiptment is the same as in human medicine. Most orthopedic supplies come from the same suppliers. Expensive , what can I say.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
@89109 There’s some good info on here and some down right false info in this thread. So let’s take it from the top:
RESEARCH EACH BREED YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO BUY ONE. You have to get a dog that fits your lifestyle. If you get a high energy dog but you’re a lazy ass, it’s not going to work.
If you’re looking at a “protective” breed, that means a working dog. Be prepared to spend $1000-$3000 depending on the breed. Get it from a reputable breeder. No rescues. You don’t need someone else’s problem dog. A good breeder will make sure your pup comes with a hip and elbow guarantee. Genetics are everything. And the breeder will be available to take the dog back if needed.
Working breeds need to be worked several times a day in order to train them properly, and keep them from getting board and destroying things. Be prepared to spend $1000 or more at a good reputable trainer. And be prepared for a high energy dog that you will spend at least 3 hours a day burning off energy. They like to work!
A good secure dog crate for training and transporting will run you anywhere from $100 to $750. You’ll need one that the dog can’t tear up. And you’ll use it for house breaking as well as having it for the dogs safe place. A good crate pad is under $65.
You’ll need a good reputable Veterinarian. They vary on prices, make sure they come highly recommended. My Vet bills for my female GSD are about $450 a year. That includes office visits, shots, flea and tick meds.
I feed a pretty good food. I go through 65 lbs a month for 3 full size dogs. The 65 lb bag is $120. So your might be $40 or so a month.
Toys or training aids, I spend about $100 a year on Kong’s, Balls on a string, and frisbees. I do use an E-Collar on my dogs and if you need one, it’s about $250. My collars cost $65 each and my leather leashes are about $60 each. Prong Collars are around $30.
If you have any questions about anything dog related there are a number of us on here who can help you. @pgg00 @itisbruno @Rotn1 @Mayhem like Me @BuckyP just to name a few