Pet Expense Tracker Feb 2011

by Mike on March 7, 2011

Last week I adopted a puppy from the Humane Society. It’s no secret that any pet will cost money, so I figured it would be an interesting exercise to see how much the pup is costing per month. This is what was spent in the month of Feb. I adopted him on the last day of the month so it wasn’t much:

petsuppliesFebruary 2011
Adoption fees: $90
This includes first set of shots, micro-chip, etc

Total for 2011:

In March, I’ve already spent money on a Kennel crate, leashes and collars. I still need to get dog food, dishes and a couple toys before I bring Otis home. I also know that neutering will cost $25.

What about you?
I need your help dog lovers! What is a good brand of Puppy food? What other expenses will I encounter this first year? In your opinion, what is frivolous and what is a necessity?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ross June 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I’ve been putting off getting a dog because i’m afraid it will get too expensive. My brother’s dog got hit by a car and had a $6000 vet bill. (the dog was ok though)
He also had to put up new fencing, and 2 more emergency vet trips that cost around $10,000 total.

I really want one, but i think i’m going to wait a little while 🙂

2 Pete March 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

I would find a good veterinarian and have them recommend a good dog food. You may also have to try one or two kinds, especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach or dog food allergies. Our dog would throw up unless we fed her special sensitive stomach formula type dog food. So it really depends. 🙂

Other costs that we incur on a regular basis for our dog:

1. Vet costs: a couple hundred a year on regular shots, vaccinations/etc. Also budget for emergency vet costs.
2. Grooming: We take our dog to a groomer to get her hair cut. We tried doing it on our own, but the poor dog looked horrible.
3. Pet food & treats.
4. Dog toys: Not too expensive, but maybe $20-40/year.

Expenses to skip?

1. Pet insurance: Just make sure you have a fully funded emergency fund, and you won’t need it.
2. Pet psychologist: Your dog doesn’t need one. 🙂

3 PF Journey March 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

Pet psychologists?! I didn’t even know those existed! Sounds like a reasonable budget. What about things like doggie day care and dog parks? I’ll probably just walk the lil guy myself, but I know some people use them.

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