(Closed) St. Bernard Owners

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee

we had saints while i was growing up, and i can tell you, we did spend about $300/month on dog food.  medical bills were super expensive, too, reaching into the thousands of dollars at times depending on what the problem was.  purebreds are more prone to getting hip problems, which was very costly and required maintenance pain medications for one of the ones we had; we found out at 11 months old that his hips were really bad and he needed daily anti-inflammatories all of his life.  most of them lived to be about 10-11 years old, but we had one die much younger due to malrotation of the gut (my brother exercised him about an hour after eating, and that was too soon).  we started getting newfies after that, but the medical expenses are becoming too much for my parents, so now theyre going to start downgrading to (relatively) smaller dogs, like golden retrievers.

eta: i should add that the ones we got from recommended breeders and were “papered and show quality” were some of the ones that had the worst medical problems, unfortunately.  i loved our saints to death, but after all of that, i enjoy petting other peoples’ saints and then going back home to my own dogs  🙂  i now get my pets from the shelter and i generally go for mixed breeds to help reduce how many medical problems i’m buying into

Post # 4
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My parents have a Bernese Mtn dog (he looks like a St. Bernard w/o as much drool and his head isn’t quite as big) and 2 Old English sheepdogs (they’ve also had the Siberian Huskies, my dad’s a sucker for big dogs!)  They probably go through 3 big bags of dog food a month.  They don’t measure the food exactly every day, they just make sure that each of the dogs gets fed throughout the day and no table scraps are allowed.  My guess is $150ish a month?  They buy their dog food from Soldans Pet Supply. 

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