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A dog costs...?
« on: January 01, 2010, 07:51:51 PM »
Hey everybody, I've been wondering lately, how much does it cost to raise a dog? Lets say I'm adopting a... King Charles Spaniel. How much would it cost (in estimate) to feed it, get toys, treats, a bed, a collar... ect. ?Thanks, I'd really like to know beforehand if I can pay for a dog.  ;D

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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 07:55:53 PM »
That is such a vague question, I don't know that anyone can answer it for you. First of all, we don't know the adoption fee at the shelter from where you are adopting the dog. What type of food are you feeding? What types of toys? You can look up prices for treats, beds, collars, etc. These answers can all be found with a bit of effort on your part... Google is your friend.

You're forgetting the MOST important thing. Vet costs. You need to have a VERY substantial vet fund before bringing any animal in to your home. If you think rats are expensive, emergencies with dogs can easily run in to the thousands.

A dog isn't just a one time initial investment. Do you have a steady income?
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 07:58:25 PM »
You're also forgetting perhaps the most important of all. Patience.

Dogs cost a lot of patience. LOL
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 07:59:37 PM »
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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 08:01:19 PM »
I just recently adopted a puppy, and to begin, she was $100 from the shelter I rescued her from (I strongly encourage anyone adopting an animal to try rescuing first before going to a breeder).  Next, I bought her a crate (I also recommend this!) for $100, puppy food from Costco $12.99 (my puppy is a big girl, so we go through about a 20 pound bag every three weeks), and toys were probably about $50 all together.  A bed is about $20, treats are cheap, about $2.99 a box.    

If you are getting a puppy, they usually already have their first set of shots, but they need three more rounds at about $60 apiece (this price is for a vet in Southern California, probably differs depending on what part of the country you are in).  If the dog is from the pound, then they will already be fixed, but if not, then fixing the dog is about $160.  If you need to get your dog fixed, some non-profits will pledge money towards the neutering/spaying, which is what I did, and it only cost $40 to get my dog fixed!

So with all the things I mentioned, its probably about $500 to start out with a dog, but if you start with a rescue, you are going to save lots of money on fixing the dog and shots!  Good luck in your decision!
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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 08:27:33 PM »
If you're seriously looking at a pure CKC or even a predominately CKC mix, be prepared. They are prone to all kinds of health problems.
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010, 09:03:44 PM »
. Do you have a steady income?

According to their profile, They're 12. So I'd say that's a "No"
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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010, 10:23:02 PM »
FWIW, the puppy I adopted from the shelter ended up having distemper and racked up $1000+ in vet bills, and then had to be PTS. You never know what you're going to get and that goes for a dog bought from a breeder, found on the street, adopted from a shelter or a rehome from a neighbor. If you're only 12 then the real question is are your parents on board with having a dog and are they willing to spend the money for proper care?

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010, 08:14:27 AM »
Vet bills are the part that's hard to predict.  I have a bullmastiff that developed eye problems (glaucoma).  With medications and eventual surgery to remove them, I put about $7000 into his medical expenses over a 1 1/2 year period.   Now that the surgery is done, he only has normal vet visits and no medications. He's a fantastic dog with no other medical issues and I chose to help him.  Putting him to sleep over his eyes wasn't an option I'd even  consider.

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010, 10:48:31 AM »
Also your monthly flea and heartworm medication usually runs about $20 each. 

**Note: Be careful with the 'cheap' dog food from just anywhere.  I was a naive dog owner and had my dog on Beneful Health Weight formula since he's an inside dog.  Apparently, the high sugar content in this food led to my dog developing diabetes.  Now his monthly insulin fees run about $100 a month on top of everything else.  Saving money on his food in the first 4 years of his life is costing an arm and a leg now.**

The following 2 websites are VERY good about educating yourself on dog foods.  Just read a bit on what some of those ingredients mean from those 'cheap' dog foods and it will make your stomach turn.  I ended up deciding on Wellness Core because it is a Grain Free dog food that is high in protein.

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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 10:52:08 AM »
Vet bills are the part that's hard to predict.  I have a bullmastiff that developed eye problems (glaucoma).  With medications and eventual surgery to remove them, I put about $7000 into his medical expenses over a 1 1/2 year period.   Now that the surgery is done, he only has normal vet visits and no medications. He's a fantastic dog with no other medical issues and I chose to help him.  Putting him to sleep over his eyes wasn't an option I'd even  consider.

Whenever you choose to bring an animal into your home, you need to think about the unexpected "what ifs" and if you're prepared to handle them. 

I second this completely. Our Toy Poodle has glaucoma as well. We noticed it and there were constant visits to the regular vet. When he couldn't figure out what was wrong, we had to go to an eye specialist in another state. We have spent several thousand dollars on her. We had to get surgery to have one of the eyes shrunken so that she wouldn't be in pain any longer, and she has to have daily drops in her other eye so as to prevent progression. Not only that, but she has had a scare with melanoma, and so whenever she gets a little bump we have to get it biopsied. This is expensive! On top of that, dogs and puppies get into all kinds of things. Just recently my two scarily intelligent dogs jumped onto the kitchen table, opened my mom's purse and ate a 2 lb bar of dark chocolate. Because my mom couldn't stay home and watch for tremors, she had to fork out 600 dollars so that the vet could watch them overnight. Dogs are very expensive. I worry a lot because our dogs do cost so much, and my mom has gone into credit card debt just paying their vet bills! While we love our dogs greatly, and would do anything for them, we had NO IDEA when we got them how much it would truly cost. Make sure that you know exactly what you're getting yourself into. The cost of raising a human child to 18 is somewhere around $100,000-500,000. Raising a dog could possibly cost this much throughout his lifetime. Not only that, but keep in mind preventative things! Heartworm medication and flea and tick preventative can run anywhere form 100-200 dollars a month. Please make sure this is something that you can commit to financially. :)
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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 12:30:54 PM »
If you dont have a lot of money for vet care DO NOT adopt a king charles spaniel.

They are on the list of dogs that pet insurance companies WILL NOT insure. Which usually means they have horrendous medical costs.

Our own cocker spaniel has had years and years of ear problems, cancer, gone deaf, losing vision, is covered with cysts and abscesses and now has what looks to be melanoma. She is only 13.

She was a rescue from my BIL. If I chose a dog it would not be a purebred or a designer dog. It would be some heinz 57.  :)


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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2010, 01:15:55 PM »
Just recently my two scarily intelligent dogs jumped onto the kitchen table, opened my mom's purse and ate a 2 lb bar of dark chocolate. Because my mom couldn't stay home and watch for tremors, she had to fork out 600 dollars so that the vet could watch them overnight.

Save your worry and $600 next time and just induce vomitting with peroxide and water. I have to do this with my one dog atleast once a year as he finds a way into chocolate somehow. Amos is 20 lbs and I usually do like 2 tbs peroxide to 2-3 tbs water. I find if I just give the peroxide then the vomit gets too foamy and stringy and he ends up swallowing alot of it back down. The water helps to thin it and bring more up IMO. Normally a 1:1 ratio will be sufficient. Leash 'em too so they can't run away and vomit on the carpet. Lesson learned on that one LOL!

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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2010, 03:18:08 PM »
Don't forget about professional grooming costs in the estimate for a dog! I think that's one that most people completely forget about prior to adopting that adorable puppy. Some breeds and some people can manage completely at home, but cavalier king charles spaniels shed and will mat, so a fair amount of cavaliers do need professional grooming.

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2010, 11:29:27 PM »
Just recently my two scarily intelligent dogs jumped onto the kitchen table, opened my mom's purse and ate a 2 lb bar of dark chocolate. Because my mom couldn't stay home and watch for tremors, she had to fork out 600 dollars so that the vet could watch them overnight.

Save your worry and $600 next time and just induce vomitting with peroxide and water. I have to do this with my one dog atleast once a year as he finds a way into chocolate somehow. Amos is 20 lbs and I usually do like 2 tbs peroxide to 2-3 tbs water. I find if I just give the peroxide then the vomit gets too foamy and stringy and he ends up swallowing alot of it back down. The water helps to thin it and bring more up IMO. Normally a 1:1 ratio will be sufficient. Leash 'em too so they can't run away and vomit on the carpet. Lesson learned on that one LOL!

When dogs eat very dark (70% cacao) chocolate it can cause brain damage and tremors. Because my mom had to work, and she can't trust my sister to watch the dogs, she had to take them to the vet in case anything further developed. :)
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2010, 12:20:53 AM »
I know, what I'm saying is next time or any time they get into something bad food wise you can always induce vomitting. I wouldn't want to leave that in their system if it's a potential to cause brain damage.. I want it up and out ASAP! Just trying to help.

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2010, 12:30:37 AM »
According to our vet, you need to monitor them for 12 hours after inducing vomiting.
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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2010, 02:20:39 PM »
Save your worry and $600 next time and just induce vomitting with peroxide and water. I have to do this with my one dog atleast once a year as he finds a way into chocolate somehow. Amos is 20 lbs and I usually do like 2 tbs peroxide to 2-3 tbs water. I find if I just give the peroxide then the vomit gets too foamy and stringy and he ends up swallowing alot of it back down. The water helps to thin it and bring more up IMO. Normally a 1:1 ratio will be sufficient. Leash 'em too so they can't run away and vomit on the carpet. Lesson learned on that one LOL!

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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2010, 06:46:41 PM »
Let's see... I really want to impress on you that dogs can be really, really expensive, and not for obvious reasons. Behavioral issues are often ones that will cost you a lot of money and time in training to fix. The alternative is generally that people ignore those issues and dump the dog at a shelter when it gets to be too much, or keep the dog but keep it so incredibly understimulated to avoid those behavioral issues.

We adopted a pair of dogs from a rescue in April, an Aussie and a Border Collie. Unknown medical history, but veterinary exam gave them a clean bill of health. Soon after bringing them home, we discovered that Signe, the BC had serious anxiety and fear aggression issues. Her behavioral issues (and related expenses) have been the most significant cost in our dogs' guardianship, though in general they have kind of a high maintenance cost (that is due to our personal choices, though, like buying eco-friendly products and expensive food).

Here's our dog-related expenses I can think of in the last 9 months we've had them.

Initial or one-time costs:
Adoption $200 each (included speuter and vaccinations)
Gas/car rental to pick dogs up from foster home: $150
Crates and crate pads: $250
Initial accessories/toys/enrichment products: $500
Different training collars and harnesses/leashes to find one that finally worked: $250
Seatbelt harnesses and backseat car hammock for safe travles: $120
Dog bike trailer for when we didn't have a car in Chicago: $250

Recurring costs:
Comprehensive pet insurance with cancer rider: $50/month each
Biodegradable poop bags: $25/month
Replacement toys and balls: $20/month
Food and treats: $80-90/month
Good liability coverage in case our dog bites someone: extra $25/month.

Behavioral/medical costs:

Two training/socialization classes for Poika: $450
Private behavior modification sessions for Signe: $700
Veterinary behaviorist: $650
Signe's medication: $75/month
Vet visits to test liver function while on medication: $120 every three months
Hartguard and Frontline: $30/month
E-vet bills for cats injured by understimulated herding dog living in transition apartment in Austin: $1000 and $800

Then there's all the extras and unexpected costs..., supplies for homemade agility equipment, extra Kongs to replace the ones melted in the dishwasher, new clothes/etc. to replaces the ones left on the floor that got chewed up, gallons of Anti-Icky-Poo for housetraining, you name it.

We also just bought our dogs a car and a house. I can't say that we would have either if it wasn't for them!

Bottom line: if you don't have the funds (or the full support of your parents) to support you and your dog should the unknown happen, and if you don't have a commitment to proper training and socialization, please don't get a dog!

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« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2010, 07:04:54 PM »
I belive I read somewhere that the average dog costs ~$15,500 during an average 10 year lifespan, and that is only for the cost of the food and water.
A breeder dog, especially a 'purebred' or regestered w/champion lines will run anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. There used to be a Great Pyreneese breeder in my area with (I think)4-5 champions in the line, he would sell his males for $2,500 and his females for $3,500. My grandmother used to breed Toy Poodles and depending on the coloration would sell them from $650-$1,500.

Add in the cost of toys, a bed, worming/flea/tick treatment, possible housebreaking costs, neuters/spays, possible medical issues that can esily run into the thousands, (I know a lot of spaniels have a brain issue where the tissue gets too large for the skull, gets extremely painful and usually ends with the dog being PTS), 'accidental' litters if you don't spay, pet cleaning products, house cleaning products, ruined furniture and carpets (Unless an outside dog, and then you'd need a dog house), a crate, treats, and so much more.

When you do the calculations, a dog doesn't really seem so cheap to care for anymore.

Unless, of course, you only get the absolute bare minimum. And even then it's costly.

A dog can't live on love alone, sadly.

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« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2010, 06:13:26 PM »
I belive I read somewhere that the average dog costs ~$15,500 during an average 10 year lifespan, and that is only for the cost of the food and water.
A breeder dog, especially a 'purebred' or regestered w/champion lines will run anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. There used to be a Great Pyreneese breeder in my area with (I think)4-5 champions in the line, he would sell his males for $2,500 and his females for $3,500. My grandmother used to breed Toy Poodles and depending on the coloration would sell them from $650-$1,500.

Add in the cost of toys, a bed, worming/flea/tick treatment, possible housebreaking costs, neuters/spays, possible medical issues that can esily run into the thousands, (I know a lot of spaniels have a brain issue where the tissue gets too large for the skull, gets extremely painful and usually ends with the dog being PTS), 'accidental' litters if you don't spay, pet cleaning products, house cleaning products, ruined furniture and carpets (Unless an outside dog, and then you'd need a dog house), a crate, treats, and so much more.

When you do the calculations, a dog doesn't really seem so cheap to care for anymore.

Unless, of course, you only get the absolute bare minimum. And even then it's costly.

A dog can't live on love alone, sadly.

Are you serious?  I highly doubt that this is true, and quite frankly it sounds like the bad myth that dobies brains grow too big for their heads and make them aggressive.  Come on.. ::)
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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2010, 05:22:16 AM »
I belive I read somewhere that the average dog costs ~$15,500 during an average 10 year lifespan, and that is only for the cost of the food and water.
A breeder dog, especially a 'purebred' or regestered w/champion lines will run anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. There used to be a Great Pyreneese breeder in my area with (I think)4-5 champions in the line, he would sell his males for $2,500 and his females for $3,500. My grandmother used to breed Toy Poodles and depending on the coloration would sell them from $650-$1,500.

Add in the cost of toys, a bed, worming/flea/tick treatment, possible housebreaking costs, neuters/spays, possible medical issues that can esily run into the thousands, (I know a lot of spaniels have a brain issue where the tissue gets too large for the skull, gets extremely painful and usually ends with the dog being PTS), 'accidental' litters if you don't spay, pet cleaning products, house cleaning products, ruined furniture and carpets (Unless an outside dog, and then you'd need a dog house), a crate, treats, and so much more.

When you do the calculations, a dog doesn't really seem so cheap to care for anymore.

Unless, of course, you only get the absolute bare minimum. And even then it's costly.

A dog can't live on love alone, sadly.

Are you serious?  I highly doubt that this is true, and quite frankly it sounds like the bad myth that dobies brains grow too big for their heads and make them aggressive.  Come on.. ::)


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Re: A dog costs...?
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2010, 08:57:30 PM »
I belive I read somewhere that the average dog costs ~$15,500 during an average 10 year lifespan, and that is only for the cost of the food and water.
A breeder dog, especially a 'purebred' or regestered w/champion lines will run anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. There used to be a Great Pyreneese breeder in my area with (I think)4-5 champions in the line, he would sell his males for $2,500 and his females for $3,500. My grandmother used to breed Toy Poodles and depending on the coloration would sell them from $650-$1,500.

Add in the cost of toys, a bed, worming/flea/tick treatment, possible housebreaking costs, neuters/spays, possible medical issues that can esily run into the thousands, (I know a lot of spaniels have a brain issue where the tissue gets too large for the skull, gets extremely painful and usually ends with the dog being PTS), 'accidental' litters if you don't spay, pet cleaning products, house cleaning products, ruined furniture and carpets (Unless an outside dog, and then you'd need a dog house), a crate, treats, and so much more.

When you do the calculations, a dog doesn't really seem so cheap to care for anymore.

Unless, of course, you only get the absolute bare minimum. And even then it's costly.

A dog can't live on love alone, sadly.

Are you serious?  I highly doubt that this is true, and quite frankly it sounds like the bad myth that dobies brains grow too big for their heads and make them aggressive.  Come on.. ::)

http://www.cavalierhealth.org/syringomyelia.htm

If only if was a myth, that would save a lot of dogs. Sadly, it's one of the more common genetic illness that resulted from hundreds of years of "show breeding" for the cockers. That small skull that's so desired in the cocker will eventually be the thing that brings down the breed.
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