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Old 04-17-2013, 09:26 PM
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$5/lb is a LOT for raw... maybe not for a tiny toy dog, but a dog who is 10+ lbs is going to be eating hundreds of dollars a month! When I buy raw, it's very very cheap stuff. Either in bulk or creepy things that no one buys but are great for dogs (feet, necks, tripe, organs, etc). Nothing more than $1/lb. You can supplement a premium kibble with raw and give your dogs a lot of variety, without worrying about whether or not their diet is balanced.

There are plenty of premium foods that are inexpensive. I rotate Merrick GF and Taste of the Wild. Both are just $2/lb. I spend about $50/month on food for two 50 pound dogs.

Other expenses are up to you & your ability to bargain hunt. I buy flea/tick/heartworm medication only in the summer, so I only end up spending $50 per year on that. I buy Pet Armor (which is half the cost of Frontline with the same ingredients) for x-large dogs, then split each application between my 2 dogs. I buy them about 1-2 toys a month, never spending more than $10. I make their treats using organs and meat in the dehydrator, and save a lot on chews by feeding raw bones.

I feel like the majority of spending is when you first get the dog, getting a nice collection of toys, kongs, a crate, leash and collars, etc. Vet costs vary, but I get limited vaccinations so it's not too costly.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:45 PM
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Heh.

I could spend very little every month on the dogs if I wanted to. If I was smart and not obsessed with feeding my dogs raw/new foods every other day, my cost would be next to nothing. I could get enough free kibble to feed probably 3 large dogs a month. I choose to get fun stuff instead (cans!) and pay for raw meat. Because racecar.

As for what I actually spend on them....not telling
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:51 PM
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I hardly spend anything on my dogs.

Food is really the biggest expense. A bag of food for Happy is like $25 and lasts her... I don't know... a month? I have to buy a bag tomorrow so I'll ask them when was the last time I bought it lol. I haven't quite figured out how much it costs me to feed Juno Sojos, but it looks like it's running me more than I want to spend so I might just put her back on kibble. She's probably $50 a month at the moment. At least.

Fluoxetine for Juno is about $3 a month. I could get it cheaper at work, but I'd rather not switch manufacturers since I know she's doing well on the stuff she's on.

I get a year's supply of Heartgard free, and since I only use it seasonally I end up having a bunch saved up. Happy's the only one on it year-round, so that's not really an expense for me.

I luck out on veterinary care. Not only do my pets pretty much never need to go in, when they do, it's either free or really cheap. Like, Lucy's dental was $30. This enables me to do things that I normally wouldn't, if I had to pay full price (pretty sure both Juno & Happy will be getting CBC/chems run this spring, just for curiosity's sake).

I rarely buy toys/treats/chews so I don't feel like I need to account for that.

So anyway. At worst I probably spend $100 a month. Can't imagine spending double or triple that, not regularly at least (obviously one vet visit alone can blow that price out of the water, but hopefully those aren't a monthly thing!).
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:58 PM
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Heh.

I could spend very little every month on the dogs if I wanted to. If I was smart and not obsessed with feeding my dogs raw/new foods every other day, my cost would be next to nothing. I could get enough free kibble to feed probably 3 large dogs a month. I choose to get fun stuff instead (cans!) and pay for raw meat. Because racecar.

As for what I actually spend on them....not telling
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Considering I don't really spend money on treats/toys/gear like I used to... I feel like I'm also doing pretty well.

All things considered, I've really reduced the "unnecessary" spending.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:00 PM
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Obviously you only get away with cheap because you apparently don't feed Lucy
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:04 PM
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$5/lb is a LOT for raw... maybe not for a tiny toy dog, but a dog who is 10+ lbs is going to be eating hundreds of dollars a month! When I buy raw, it's very very cheap stuff. Either in bulk or creepy things that no one buys but are great for dogs (feet, necks, tripe, organs, etc). Nothing more than $1/lb. You can supplement a premium kibble with raw and give your dogs a lot of variety, without worrying about whether or not their diet is balanced.
Um... to feed a 10lb dog raw at $5/lb, it would be like $30 for a month. You'd have to be feeding the dog way more than it needs to be costing hundreds of dollars a month.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:06 PM
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Obviously you only get away with cheap because you apparently don't feed Lucy
Psh, she's not my financial responsibility. Plus, it takes her an eternity to go through a bag of food anyway lol.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:10 PM
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Haha, I have massive quantities of Heartgard saved up as well, and I just got two more 12-packs.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:27 AM
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$5/lb is a LOT for raw..
I said earlier that I made a mistake and it is $5 for 2 lbs and $9 for 4 lbs.

So I'm thinking it is worth the money.
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Haha, I have massive quantities of Heartgard saved up as well, and I just got two more 12-packs.
They went cheap on us this year and we're only allowed to get 1 12-pack. Last year we got 2.
I think I should be allowed another 12 pack of Heartgard, since I'm not getting any Frontline lol.
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