(Closed) Dog Owners – how much do you spend on your dog in an average year?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How much do you spend on your dog each year? (I added really vague monthly figures, to help)

    0-$1000 (less than $100 month)

    $1001-$1500 (about $100/month)

    $1501-$2000 (about $150/month)

    $2001-$2400 (about $200/month)

    more than $2400/year (more than $200/month)


  • Post # 31
    1718 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

    Rough estimate: one billion dollars. Billie gets what Billie wants.

    Post # 32
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    On a normal month, I’d say we spend approximately $80ish for food and flea/heartworm medication. Of course, there are months where we spend way more if we need to board them, go to the vet, or anything like that. And, we would spend a lot less if we didn’t buy crazy expensive dog food! 🙂

    Post # 33
    236 posts
    Helper bee

    We were planning to get a puppy (lab, male puppy!) next month for our 3 year anniversary.

    Then we decided to wait until we are debt free (except for my student loans). Which should be 6 months or less. But man, we have been waiting for over 2 years! Being responsible is NOT always fun!

    Post # 34
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2020 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

    Ha Pengy!  So true…

    Post # 35
    2561 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We have a Newfoundland dog and here’s our breakdown:

    $300 per year routine vet care

    $80 per month on food (we feed grain free – Acana Pacifica or Orijen 6 fish)

    ~ $20 per month on his arthritis meds as needed (he gets pills just when he is in pain, this started this year, and he is only 4 1/2)

    ~$200 in toys and treats each year (but he is giant breed so his toys, and stuff he chews on are BIG which is more expensive)

    $60 dollars every second month for a full bath/groom

    His neuter surgery was $500 because I waited until he was done growing (recommended by our breeder to reduce the risk of bone cancer), and I have had episodic vet bills ranging from $300 for a skin infection to $2000 for when he was poisoned.

    I would guess we spend in the neighbourhood of $2000 per year for his care, averaged over 5 years. The puppy year was more expensive, as he gained 2-3 pounds per week for the first year, so lots of collars, etc that year, plus extra vet trips and such.

    Post # 36
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    Hah – normally I would say approximately 1500 – 1800 a year for food/toys/yearly vet visit for our 85 lb chocolate lab (and yes, he’s a big boy, but he isn’t fat – he’s just a very tall lab heh)…buuuuuuuuuuut he just had knee surgery to repair his CCL.

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    @bas0587: I’d have been so happy to pay only 1800.00 for that surgery!!!  There is only one veterinary clinic in Vancouver (BC) that offers the surgery and it was closer to 4500 when all was said and done – yes ouch.  

    And honestly – as far as pet insurance goes – it really depends on the plan you have.  Ours only ended up covering 1/5 of the costs.  We figured it out, and it would have been better to take the money we paid each month and just put it into a savings account instead.  But insurance is always a gamble like that.  You may need it the first few months that your pup comes home (in which case it would be worthwhile) or you may not need it until your dog is 5 years old, and then they barely cover the costs of the treatment. 

    But like everyone else said – he’s SO worth it!  And we’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

    Post # 37
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    And don’t forget – pet insurance doesn’t cover a lot of things.

    If we had our dog insured, the pet insurance would not have covered his surgery…

    Post # 38
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

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    @PitBulLover: Man – I wish the Tuffie toys worked for us!  I’ve bought a few different ones for our lab mix (levels 9 and 10) and she STILL rips them to shreads.

    We got her a toy made out of fireman’s hose and it lasted a week.

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