Following my post on choosing a dog, mama wanted me to share with all of you how expensive it is to bring me up. Just to be clear, I’m worth every dollar she spends ;D But yes, I don’t see why I can’t let the world know how much it takes to maintain a super dog like me. Brace your tails!
First Few Months
These were the things mama had to spend on when she first got me:
- Food, supplements, and treats
- Medical checkup and vaccinations ($100 onwards)
- Dog licensing ($50 – $80. I was already microchipped, so she saved on that)
- Sterilisation (approx. $200 – $600)
- First grooming session
- Food and water bowls
- Collar and leash
- Baby gates for potty training
- Dog bed
- Dog carrier
- Toiletries, such as pee pans, pee pads and shampoo
- Grooming tools, such as scissors and brushes
- Basic training workshop ($500 onwards for group classes)
Mama spent more than $2,000 in my first two months home! You can ask her how she managed to do that.
- Food & treats
- Ranges from $60 – $200 a month for a dog my size (6.5kg). I’m currently on a raw diet.
- $20 – $100 a month
- Prevention medication
- Update: We no longer endorse the use of flea, tick and heartworm prevention medication that are made with toxic ingredients. You may read How to Choose a Natural Flea and Tick Repellent or DIY Your Own
- De-wormer, Aristopet: $14 for 4 tablets, approx. $3.50 per month
- Full Grooming: $60 – $150 / session for a dog my size
- Pee pads: $22.50 for 100 pieces, approx. $12 per month
- Fun stuff, such as toys, clothes, and accessories: approx. $30 per month
- AVA dog licensing: $15 per year for sterilised dogs or dogs below five months old. It’s $90 per year for unsterilised dogs and $180 the 4th dog onwards. From March 2018, dog owners can apply for a 2 to 3-year licence at a cheaper fee + 10% rebate if payment is made via GIRO, online, or AXS stations.
- Pet health insurance: $350 onwards
Total per month: Approx. $300 per month
- Consultation: $50 onwards per session depending on the vet’s seniority
- Vaccinations/Titer test: Approx. $50 to $60 each time
- Routine medical checkup and blood tests: $200 onwards
- Surgery: Approx. $1,000+. It cost mama $763.60 for my luxating patella surgery
- Total cost per visit (for minor conditions such as allergies, diarrhea, vomiting): $100 – $600
I’m considered a small dog in most situations, so that helps reduce costs. Can you imagine how much more it would cost to raise a bigger dog? Owning a dog is not cheap, especially if it gets sick. You have to be ready for that from the first day you bring your pup home.
- Shop online: There’s a reason why mama spends so much time in front of her silver machine. She always tells me that everything is cheaper online (see her favourite online shops)
- Don’t buy from the clinic just because your vet prescribed it: Things are usually more expensive at the clinic. Do a quick price comparison on your phone before giving your money away! My supplement mix was selling at $65 at the clinic while mama can get it at $35 online
- Join online communities: Online communities are great! You can get valuable advice that would help you save money, and ask fellow mamas and papas to share samples or donate things they don’t need to you
- Purchase pet insurance: If you are not ready for unexpected big medical bills, you should consider buying health insurance for your dog
- Join a membership that saves you money: Look out for memberships that offer discounts and subsidies on pet expenses. With a small annual fee, you may enjoy significant savings
If you have any tips to help mama out, please share so she can use the money she saves to buy more toys for me instead!
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