And so we did. It’s a relief to announce that she’s actually cleared for any potential heart problems, but she does have Respiratory Tract Infection, borderline pneumonia. She’s on antibiotics though, and also needs to be nebulized every 3-4 hours. She’s had treatment for over a week now and is looking and feeling relatively better, but before I say she’s completely fine go back to the vet for a follow up.
Now, why the hell would I wanna write about how much I spend monthly for my dogs? Because, it’s important. Most people get into dog parenting not fully knowing what they’ve gotten themselves into. They see a cute puppy for sale or for free (I’ll get into this another day) and they immediately buy it. What happens is they end up in over their heads, not financially (or mentally) ready to take on a responsibility of having a dog. And so they give their dogs up, neglect them - feed them scraps from the table, which ends up causing kidney stones (or much worse!)
One of the many responsibilities of being a responsible dog parent is to be able to provide for them. This means you need to be financially prepared for having a dog. It’s like having a child. Except this one won’t scream at you the older it gets.
As a puppy, you need to take it to the vet almost every two weeks. Give his shots. His rabies shots, his 5-in-1, deworming, and all other doggo things (I’m not a vet, can’t give you specifics) you name it. And, the minute he looks sick you hop on that car and rush him to the vet. That alone is at least P1000 per visit. And yeah, as I said, visits are almost every 2 weeks.
And then he gets older. Booster shots are reduced to once a year. But he still has to visit the vet for check-ups every once in a while. If you’re lucky, you have a perfectly healthy dog and you never have to make the trip to the vet. Good for you!
On the off chance your dog gets really sick though, prepare to spend some P15,000-25,000 (I’ve spent around P27,000 on one bill (yes, one bill alone, one dog!). I paid 2-hecking-k to put my dog down!! Imagine how devastated I was), maybe more depending on the severity of the sickness.
On top of that, you pay for their food, and other monthly expenses. I have three big dogs, so we spend a chunk of money on food alone. I buy them treats once a month (a box of Milkybones can last us for an entire month, if we’re generous two-three weeks); and of course we’ve invested in dog beds, sturdy harnesses and leashes, shampoo, and we try to take them to the groomers every so often (cause honestly cutting their nails is just too scary and hard!!). And birthdays!! (Yes, I’m that kind of dog mom)
And then they turn into seniors—and that’s like opening a whole new category of expenses. To start, seniors like Illy have a different diet not only because she’s borderline obese, but because she needs to eat more vegetables and less fatty food/rice. So that’s definitely an added expense. The older the dogs get too, the more sicknesses pop up. Suddenly you need to give them maintenance medications, you have to give them their own senior kibble, powder to help them maintain a good appetite (not that Illy needs it, but my dog who passed away in 2015, Tiny, did). Suddenly they can’t freaking see so they might require surgery!! Or you just have to spend a little bit more to senior-doggo proof the house so she doesn’t end tip hurting herself.
The expenses never end. For the 13 and up years that you’ll have a dog, you’ll be spending money on them. A huge amount. Just a little something to think about before getting a dog of your own. And yes, I do understand that I spoil my dogs. But then again, they really only have so many years with you, why even think twice about giving them the best life?
Food for thought. Lots of thing to consider before getting a dog—and yes, money is definitely one of them!