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Old 04-17-2013, 12:00 PM
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Thanks for all the replies!

Skittle, I also have a thing for leashes and collars, but I'll have to keep that under control!

I feel a lot more confident that my budget can handle a dog! Yippee!
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:19 PM
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Well, I can feed them for $35/mo although I'm trying TOTW (Ruby came with a bare patch that never grows back) and thats more like $50 for less than a month.

Vet total if they don't break themselves is like 150 so thats another $12.50/mo.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:09 PM
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I spend about $200 a month for four medium-large dogs. Maybe a bit more, but not always. All I purchase regularly for my dogs is food and raw bones. I guess if I add in dog classes and Flyball practices, the cost would be a lot more, but those are not essentials and I don't have to take classes/do extra-curricular type things with them if I couldn't afford it. If I was just taking into consideration one dog, I'd guess that I problably spend about $30-$50 each per month.

I do have money saved, which I could use toward emergencies if they happened, but aside from emergencies or ailments, my dogs rarely need to see a vet. So I wouldn't count that as a regular thing. And I don't have a need for a groomer either. My dogs rarely get new toys either, just because they destroy them anyway. For training treats I use cheap meats from the grocery store usually and just bake and freeze them, so that's not very costly either. Basically food and bones is all I buy. :-)
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:19 PM
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I may be a terrible dog owner, but not counting the park pass and gas I spend going hiking, I don't spend anywhere near $100 on my dog per month.
This. Most months, I don't pay a dime for Zander's care. My vet is also super amazing + affordable, so nothing to worry about there, either in the case of an emergency or the $25 office visit fee. It was $80ish for his dental and bloodwork. A few years ago he sprained his tail and it was $50 for pain meds/anti-inflammatory and an xray.

This year I've probably spent more than I have in the last 2 years combined...just because of all the travel expenses, his kennel, etc. But normally, I really might only spend a lump sum of $100 every 4 months.

I have around a $1500 goal for FuturePup. That includes initial price, kennel and travel. The rest is waste away money for toys, collars, leashes, etc. I have everything else already, and a safe stash of cash for emergencies. Dogs go with me when I travel, so no boarding fees either.

Depends on the person, really, when you're talking about budget. Some people have more expenses than others. Grooming is a big one. Boarding is another. Vaccinations. Dentals. Oh, and if you show/trial. Definitely another big one. Totally dependent on the dog and the person.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:42 PM
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I think paying $5.00 a pound is WAY WAY too much. I would never pay that. We have a rule. I would never buy raw meat that is over $2.00 a pound. Teagan costs us pretty much nothing to keep per month. Maybe a random visit to the vet every two years and that is about it.

We also hunt and have friend who hunt so about a year of food is free for us for her, which is awesome.

So I maybe spend about $20.00 dollars on her per month, if that. Oh any $65.00 for the groomer every 5 months give or take.

Now, when we get our Boerboel pup we will have to budget a little bit at first, well maybe not budget, but there will be expenses.
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I may be a terrible dog owner, but not counting the park pass and gas I spend going hiking, I don't spend anywhere near $100 on my dog per month.
Me, too. LOL And that is for three dogs (all under 30 pounds, mind you). If I broke down the food cost I'd be spending maybe around $25 a month for all three. I only have about $250-$350 per month of cash that isn't going towards bills, and I also have to buy groceries, pay for gas, and treat myself. No way could I afford to spend hundreds on my dogs for routine care.

Total, the amount of food we go through a day is 2 cups. That, coupled with the fact we rarely give treats (they do get eggs, apples, and occasional healthy table scraps fairly regularly, though), a 40lb bag of food and a box of dog biscuits lasts us two or three months.

I groom and bathe them myself, so don't have a charge there. And they're all fairly healthy (knock on wood), so the only vet expenses I have are their wellness/vaccines, which I currently get free (and even if I didn't, wouldn't be unaffordable).

I think these dogs are cheaper than my ferrets were.
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I don't count.

Our food costs roughly 70 a month for raw. We just bought a new freezer for it, was about 140 but a one off expense.

40/month for insurance.

2000 approx for a scan we have to pay as we didn't have insurance ouch.


Yeah, dogs aren't cheap.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:29 PM
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I live with three geriatric animals and pay for the care of a fourth (Bailey).

I spend a lot of money per month on them, and would spend even more if I didn't A) have veterinary connections still, B) work for a pet food and supply store, or C) have awesome friends who give me things for free.

Buzz is currently eating kibble that I can get for free through work monthly, so the only thing I buy him is canned and occasional raw (and chews every once in a while). His big expenses come from meds/supplements (Meloxicam, Adequan, Soloxine, Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Digestive Enzymes, Pro/prebiotics, Sardine Oil, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, Gabapentin, Longevity) and our beloved rehab vet, Dr. Julia. Similar expenses for Bailey, except her meds are still cheaper than Buzz's!

I refuse to say how much I spend per month on the animals.
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In the horse world, they always said not to total how much they cost or you won't have them anymore.

With our current two (three?), we look at a bag every three weeks or so.. $70 a bag. Harlow gets 3 cups a day, Rider about a 1.5 except on class days.

Treats.. I spend between $25-$40.

Classes for Rider are $40-$85 every six weeks, depending on how many I take.

Other than that, Heartworm preventative for April-October, and a spray on Flea and Tick which is $18 that goes on every 9 days or so in the summer. If no vaccines are needed, I just get a HW test, which is about $40/dog. Vaccines obviously vary.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:35 PM
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I think paying $5.00 a pound is WAY WAY too much. I would never pay that. We have a rule. I would never buy raw meat that is over $2.00 a pound.
Yeah, I made a mistake. I meant to write $5 for 2lbs or $9 for 4lbs. of premade raw.
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