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How much do u spend per month on 1 Hav? what DIY=2save$?

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I have 5 Havanese right now, so I try to save pennies where ever I can!
I don't buy the shots myself- I leave that to the professionals although my vet does do a 'shot clinic' where I can just take my puppy in to get the shot, and I dont have to pay for a vet visit.
I do all my own bathing and my own haircuts. Although I do shave them down pretty close and let them grow out for a couple months before I cut them again.
I do buy good quality food (Wellness) and my five go thru a 30 lb bag about once a month. I would imagine a smaller bag would last quite a while with a single dog. I think the better quality food has def helped keep my dogs healthy. I havent had to take anyone to the vet for an illness in quite a while. My dogs dont get extra treats or bones or chews so I save lots of money there. My adult dogs eat 2x a day- breakfast and dinner.
I only have one dog who will destroy toys- I do wash my toys about every other week and they do last quite a while.
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what things can u do 2save$? like do u buy the shots & give them yourself on your doggy?

no 1 will treat your baby better than u.


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Please don't take this the wrong way, I don't know how else to say this but with the number of threads you start and the tone of them, now talking about playing amateur veterinarian I am wondering if you are messing with us.

Its just so all over the place. One minute you want a low -maintenence dog the next everyday grooming and indoor barking sound like everything you wanted. Im sure you are a lovely person and maybe you are serious about this but you sound very young.

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For a rough estimate I would guess 30 on food treats, avg. 100 vet, 10 toys, 20 pee pads and bags, 50 groomer, 20 for coat/harness/collar something seasonal. I read somewhere a dog will cost you $15,000-40,000 in their lifetime, depending on how long they live. If you spent 100 a month (which most people prob do, especially when you average out vet visits, grooming supplies and other less frequent purchases over the year) it would be $18,000 if they lived to 15 years.

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I have no idea what I spend per month on my havanese. I have a sheltie too. I buy food once a month (they both eat the same thing) and I take my boys to the vet once or twice a year for their shots/checkups/dentals. I do all the grooming myself. I order shampoos/brushes/toys through PetEdge which saves quite alot. We have had no health issues....but I think the biggest expense is flea and tick meds.

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$40 - $50 for food and treats a month, double if I take him to the groomers.

+1 to lilymylove's post.

there was a recent thread on the cost of a hav annually. I'm sure if you do a search it'll pop up. oh look, found it.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...ht=annual+cost


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$40 - $50 for food and treats a month, double if I take him to the groomers.

+1 to lilymylove's post.

there was a recent thread on the cost of a hav annually. I'm sure if you do a search it'll pop up. oh look, found it.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...ht=annual+cost


hope that helps.
Gosh that search function sure is handy.

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Like with children, it varies from month to month, last month was a very expensive month with 2 in college and taking Gucci out of the country ran us about $600 in vet bills and health certificate fees/tests/shots/ etc.

This month, I'm hoping it won't be so bad.

No, I've never given any shots myself, I wouldn't trust anything I bought on the internet to be fresh/authentic/safe and I hope nobody else here would take that risk.

Which reminds me, I need to call for a refill of heartworm and Frontline, so there goes about $80-90 buckeroos..

dogs are expensive, you can cut expenses (I do all grooming myself) but certainly there will always be an expense

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I cut cost by grooming myself and buying the largest dog frontline and them giving the small dog dose. I don't cheap out on food, treats, or vet visits. I don't even know what I spend a month, but it adds up!





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Please don't take this the wrong way, I don't know how else to say this but with the number of threads you start and the tone of them, now talking about playing amateur veterinarian I am wondering if you are messing with us.

Its just so all over the place. One minute you want a low -maintenence dog the next everyday grooming and indoor barking sound like everything you wanted. Im sure you are a lovely person and maybe you are serious about this but you sound very young.

ETA:
For a rough estimate I would guess 30 on food treats, avg. 100 vet, 10 toys, 20 pee pads and bags, 50 groomer, 20 for coat/harness/collar something seasonal. I read somewhere a dog will cost you $15,000-40,000 in their lifetime, depending on how long they live. If you spent 100 a month (which most people prob do, especially when you average out vet visits, grooming supplies and other less frequent purchases over the year) it would be $18,000 if they lived to 15 years.
I don't understand why you would think that and I am hurt by your comment. I came here to learn & I have to ask a lot of questions to learn. Why on Earth would I be playing with people!? I am very serious about this...like I said it is my life dream & it is important to get as much info as possible. Since I have not owned my own dog(i only grew up with pitbulls that my brother's rescued)I have no idea on a rough estimate of how much a dog will run me. That info is the most important! I need to save up for one & find a 4hr part time job but if it is too expensive then it will take me longer to get my doggy. VERY SERIOUS!!

I don't mind grooming a dog in fact i stated that it would be fun & rewarding. With the more i learn about this breed the more it seems perfect for me.

Thank you to everyone that answered especially the ones that didn't question my intent. Yes all of your info is very helpful.

Again I am very serious otherwise I wouldn't waste my time on here & on the internet doing so much research.
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I don't know what we spend per month and don't think I want to know. I do know the first year can be as much as the price of your Hav. With neuter, meds, supplies you have to have...that first year really adds up.


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