Know the classic bait and switch that manufacturers like to pull on you? They will sell you a printer for $30, but then it will cost you $15 each time you need to get a new ink cartridge. You can actually get an iPhone 3GS for free with a two-year plan. But then, you need to pay those bills that can easily amount to hundreds of dollars every year. It’s the same with getting a dog. You can get one practically for free. But when you begin to total up the veterinary costs involved, the dog food bills, the pet sitting bills and even the dog grooming bills, you can easily spend $3000 a year.
Basically, if you are interested in keeping your house even as you get a pet dog, you need to think about the kind of veterinary costs that go with the kind of breed of dog you’re getting. Certain breeds of dog can be very expensive to give medical attention to.
For instance, if you live in a warm climate, you need to make sure that you don’t get a large breed of dog like a St. Bernard or a bulldog. St. Bernards are large and they are built for cold weather. If you aren’t very careful with how you can keep your dog cool in the summer, these kinds of dogs will get respiratory diseases that can be very expensive to take care of.
Here’s a quick primer on what kind of veterinary costs he can expect with different breeds of dog.
In general, the larger your dog, the higher the veterinary costs will be – because large dogs lead less healthy lives, usually. If you’re worried about your wallet for instance, never, ever get a Great Dane. If there is a larger dog than Marmaduke, we haven’t heard of it. But the numerous problems that great Danes can have come from gastric bloat. In these dogs, a bloated stomach can press up on the dog’s heart and its a very painful and upsetting condition. Once it occurs, you could be out $10,000. Great Dane owners will go for a preventive procedure when the dog is very young, to make sure this doesn’t happen.
As many people as own bulldogs, you would think they were great dogs to have. While these dogs can be a lot of fun, those veterinary costs can be something terrible. Any dog with a pushed-up snout like bulldogs have, have breathing problems. This can lead to all kinds of problems. American Bulldogs get respiratory diseases, skin diseases, bloat, urinary tract infections, hip problems, urinary tract infections and a host of other diseases. You can look at about $3000 worth of veterinary costs every year.
Rottweilers are popular dogs too. Rottweilers have cancer-related problems. So much so, when you take a sick Rottweiler in to the vet’s, the first thing he looks for will be cancer. Once this happens, it can easily be about $7000 a year in veterinary costs.