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If you have a small/medium sized dog.. user banned
1st Sep '13

How much do you spend a month for food, toys, etc?
How much (approx) do you spend a year for shots and whatever else (grooming, if needed, etc)?



Thanks!

user banned 2 kids; Iowa 7762 posts
1st Sep '13

We buy Nutro which is a more expensive brand, but also a lot healthier. It's $15 a bag and we go through 1-2. We have a shih'zu and he really doesn't eat much.



I usually only buy the dollar toys from walmart so like 5 bucks a month. As far as vet bills, I'm honestly not sure. He's lived with my parents up until recently.

Lyla & Maxwell's Mommy 2 kids; Wisconsin 613 posts
1st Sep '13

Food is probably 15 a month, maybe 5 on toys (we bought a lot when we first got our dogs and haven't needed to buy any since, our dogs are 5), grooming 200 a year, and vet 150.

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
1st Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Super Kame Vegeta *TKO*:</b>" We buy Nutro which is a more expensive brand, but also a lot healthier. It's $15 a bag and we go through ... [snip!] ... from walmart so like 5 bucks a month. As far as vet bills, I'm honestly not sure. He's lived with my parents up until recently."</blockquote>



Thanks! That's not too bad for food.
I'm so worried about health issues, etc! I have no idea how much we should have. I wonder if pet insurance is worth it. We won't have a dog for a while but I'm a spastic planner.

1inpink2inblue Switzerland 11961 posts
1st Sep '13

$20 a month for food and toys. $60 a year for grooming. And about $60 a year on flea heartworm and rabbies shot. I give the shots and treatments myself though and buy offline or from the feed store. He is a pom.

ıllı ⓣⓗⓔ ⓖⓡⓘⓝⓒⓗ ıllı 2 kids; Azeroth, .., United States Minor Outlying Islands 11718 posts
1st Sep '13

We buy a big bag of food for two dogs. A lab and schipperkee spitz mix. The bag is about $30 to $40. It would last our small schipperkee a long time. Probably two months or more if it was just her. They dont get toys each month. But i would say $10 at most for treats. $50 initial expense for toys for smaller dog. Figure about $20 to $30 for a bed. Kohl's had a really nice dog bed. Shotd around here are usually $25 each plus disposal fee and exam fee. If you got to a nonprofit the fthe exam fee is around $15 to $25. If you go to a vet it will be around $50 to $75. Look up Petsupermarket. They have a shots package that is good. The biggest expense is the flea, tick, heartworm and worm prevention. Dont skip buying this. We made that mistake and paid dearly for it. It took forever and alot of vet bills to get our dog dewormed. And fleas and ticks are a nightmare to get rid of. We use trifexis and that cost about $75 for 6 months for small dog but we use a non for profit pet meds website

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
1st Sep '13

So I can buy shots and meds online and administer them myself? :o



Is there a particular way you're supposed to dispose of the needles, etc? I'm all for saving money, lol.

RacMarie 1 child; Fort Dodge, Iowa 973 posts
1st Sep '13

Food lasts us awhile so maybe 20 bucks a month if that. My dog has to stay on a strict diet due to UTI's. She gets 1 or 2 bones a month which are less then 10 dollars. Flea/Heartworm preventative is about 60 to 70 bucks every 6 months with the 7th month free. I would say about 75 bucks or so with her shots. Just know that unexpected things come up. I just took my dog to the vet last week for diarrhea and vomiting. It cost me over 300 dollars.

ıllı ⓣⓗⓔ ⓖⓡⓘⓝⓒⓗ ıllı 2 kids; Azeroth, .., United States Minor Outlying Islands 11718 posts
1st Sep '13
Quoting RacMarie:" Food lasts us awhile so maybe 20 bucks a month if that. My dog has to stay on a strict diet due to UTI's. ... [snip!] ... that unexpected things come up. I just took my dog to the vet last week for diarrhea and vomiting. It cost me over 300 dollars."


:!: And boy do they sucker you in for the big bucks. lol. Op, make sure you find a vet that works at least one day on the weekend. Animals and kids seem to always get sick on the weekends or holidays. haha. The LAST resort is a ER vet. They will scalp you. I paid $300 for one xray and a saline injection. >.<

hopesuphigh Due September 23 (boy); Japan 146 posts
1st Sep '13

We have two papillons. We spend $18 for a 5lb bag of Acana. It lasts us at least a month and a half. It's not cheap, but because it's so high quality they don't eat much of it.
We order bully sticks online from bestbullysticks.com for treats. They have a 1lb box that's like $22 (free shipping) and its a mix of long and medium llength sticks. These last about a month or so between the two of them, but well worth it. I usually try to find a coupon code to use and save an extra 5%. They also each have a Kong toy and usually we just stuff a little cheese and peanut butter inside, so it's not like they get anything we wouldn't already have at the house.



Vet care wise, we follow Dr. Jean Dodds vaccine schedule. Since my dogs are 5 and 6 years old, the only vaccine they get is Rabies every three years. Annually, they are examined by our vet and tested for heartworms. I can't really say how much I have spent on vet care because up until I got pregnant I have worked for vets and gotten stuff free or heavily discounted. Even the vet I use now doesn't charge me exams because I worked with her several years back.



They do get Heartgard once a month and I think it's as cheap as $7/dose per dog. We use Comfortis monthly for fleas and the last box of that was $100/6 pack with a $10 rebate.



I honestly wouldn't recommend pet insurance. A lot of people think it's similar to insurance for people, but you still have to pay your vet up front for all services. You send in your claim and then they choose what they reimburse you for. I never knew any clients that got their money' . Worth out of it. I even had one lady who kept getting billed monthly after her dog died because he died before the plan ended. I don't remember that company though. If you have $20/month to set aside for pet insurance, I would personally put it into savings in case of emergency. Develope a good lasting relationship with a vet you trust and I promise that will save you more in the long run than pet insurance would.

user banned 2 kids; Bat Cave, North Carolina 64587 posts
1st Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting hopesuphigh:</b>" We have two papillons. We spend $18 for a 5lb bag of Acana. It lasts us at least a month and a half. ... [snip!] ... good lasting relationship with a vet you trust and I promise that will save you more in the long run than pet insurance would."</blockquote>




Thank you! that's really good to know.