Dog. Pure bred puppy. Breed can have health problems, so getting a puppy (which I wanted so I could train her and have her a long life with kid(s), my last was a rescue), it was important to me to go with a breeder who focuses on improving health in the breed and has a long history of good animals. As a result; $1500 to purchase said pup.
Said pup had a medical crisis when 4 months old (play accident, she was crushed and her lungs were bruised), that ran us like $3500 by the time all was said and done.
Now on to more normal costs. I honestly don’t know what her food costs are, since we feed her modified people food. Before the baby was eating like a human, we would make her food. But since it was from the grocery budget, I never separated it out. And now she gets the babies leavings. So it’s really hard for me to say how much her food costs. I would ballpark somewhere between 30 and $60 a month I guess? She’s a small breed, so she doesn’t eat a ton. And at this point, it’s actually cheaper than that because the food would be going to the compost. We would not be using lightly baby licked food. yum.
We don’t really buy any toys for her. We got a bunch of random ones from by nothing project at one point, some from our building lobby at one point, and we have ones left over from our last dog. We are also occasionally given some at the holidays by relatives.
We get her choose, because she’s a chewer. Those out up somewhat. Are usually try to buy them around the Black Friday sales. We like to give her bully sticks and bully breeds. I would guess those amount to something like $50-$100 a year?
Vet costs are the biggie. I’m a firm believer in regular check ups for pets. So we take her to the vet for a yearly exam as recommended. Our vet likes to do bloodwork and intestinal parasite checks and stuff once every two years. We had that this year, so that along with her heartworm medication and stuff was a little over $700. I think the non-testing year or it’s like 250. So just normal health maintenance averages to something like four or $500 a year.
We also had her fixed last year, and I think that was like $900 between that and a dental cleaning. Obviously the spay is a one time cost ha ha. But you need to do dental cleaning on dogs every couple years. I think that’s a couple hundred bucks each time since they have to be put under for it.
Oh yeah! We also did training classes when she was younger. We did a puppy class that I think was a couple hundred dollars, I don’t remember. And then we did one higher level class than that which was a similar price. I just don’t remember exactly how much that was. But I do know the good trainers rightfully cost a decent bit of money. I didn’t want to go to one of the crappy pet shop mass classes with someone unqualified that use negative reinforcement. So we went to good local operations, and those cost more.
A.k.a., pets are very expensive family members
Oh I thought of even more expenses. Every couple months we go and have someone else clip her nails. She’s an absolute demon about foot handling, and I just don’t wanna deal with it. The big stores have reputations for really poor animal husbandry, and I like to keep my money local. So I go to a local lady’s shop for that. With tip, it’s 18 bucks each time.