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Posted: 03/20/06 10:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This article (very end of the article) indicates that a dog costs $38,000 over a 10 year period! I just can't see that being accurate! [emoticon]

Our Josey-girl was an expensive dog vet-wise. But I certainly don't think we invested $3,800 a year ($316/month)! Not even with all the medications and surgeries do I think we reached that total!

And with Chaos-dog, up until now, he's not cost us a thing beyond some shots every couple of years and his kibble dog food, which was about $40 every two months. Maybe now, with the bone cancer, we'll go beyond $3,800 in the year. Most of that cost will be the fresh meat and veggies, which has added $250 to our monthly food bill.

$38,000 over ten years? Nah. What about you and your pets?

Gee, $38,000 ... that's a pretty nice fiver ! [emoticon]


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Posted: 03/20/06 10:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We take our dog to a rather pricey vet for all her shots, meds, etc. We also board her there when we take long camping trips. With all that there's no way it even comes close to $3800/yr.


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Posted: 03/20/06 10:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It just goes to show you that anyone can be an "expert" if they get published. $38,000? They must mean buying a Greyhound (bus, that is)





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That's in dog-dollars. You have to divide by 7.


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Posted: 03/21/06 04:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That $38,000 probably includes stuff like damage to carpet and furniture, decrease in value of house/RV for pet smells, lost wages going to vet, and lost time walking.


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kenhall64 wrote:

That $38,000 probably includes stuff like damage to carpet and furniture, decrease in value of house/RV for pet smells, lost wages going to vet, and lost time walking.


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Posted: 03/21/06 06:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[quote=Allen Schultz]That's in dog-dollars. You have to divide by 7.[/quote] [b]Now [u]that's[/u] funny! :B

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Posted: 03/21/06 06:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

tigerfans2 wrote:

kenhall64 wrote:

That $38,000 probably includes stuff like damage to carpet and furniture, decrease in value of house/RV for pet smells, lost wages going to vet, and lost time walking.


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You know for the life of me I will never figure out why people think they have to be so darned negative. If a person chooses not to have pets, good for them... we all know what they are missing... but to come to the pet forum and post something like the above is just silly isn't it?!

Cost of pet ownership = $3,800.00 (?) per year (not sure I buy into that number)
Cost of cleaning up after them = pennies per day (it's called housetraining)
Time spent enjoying a nice walk = $000 (other than the obvious health benefits to us)
The love, devotion, and companionship they provide = PRICELESS


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Posted: 03/21/06 06:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The link in the article is to a paper in British Columbia called The Challiwack Progress so that the $38,000 is in Canadian dollars. This is a link to the original press report from Churchill Insurance which calculates the cost as 20,000 pounds http://www.churchill.com/pressReleases/07032005.htm. As has been suggested the original calculation includes everything from anticipated destruction of household items to grooming, boarding, medical care, and food. Your costs certainly may be significantly less. While the projected amount seems high, for pet lovers it is simply the cost of having a pet: "priceless" to overwork a phrase. For those considering a pet, it is well to know the potential price. Perhaps it would cut down on some of those second thoughts pets that end up in shelters. Although I believe that rescue is great, it also puts into perspective the decision to acquire a purebred dog. The original purchase price is negligible amortized over the life of a dog. It is also true that there is no such thing as a "free" dog if people are simply bargain hunting.

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Posted: 03/21/06 07:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[b]Toni, Some good things to think about for prospective dog "owners" to think about. I think the articles $38,000.00 grand total for ten years [u]is[/u] a bit on the high side for most cases, however. The concept of shopping for a "bargain" dog is an alien concept to me. :R Unfortunately, I am sure it happens.

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