|Purchasing a puppy is a big financial commitment. Aside from the initial price for
your puppy you will need to be ready for your supplies and vet fee's, especially in
your first year, so lets be realistic here.
Puppy Expenses – What to Expect
Purchasing a puppy is a big financial commitment. Aside from the initial price for your puppy you will
need to be ready for your supplies and vet fee's, especially in your first year, so let’s be realistic here.
Within a few days of picking up your puppy you will need an initial vet check. Your puppy will likely be
between 8-9 weeks of age. At this visit they check over your puppy, give them a wormer if necessary,
(puppies get wormed about once per month from the 8 week mark) and test the stool sample for
parasites. (be sure to bring in a fresh sample for your vet to check at your very first visit.) Your vet
may also give your puppy vaccinations at this visit, some do, some don't - but they will look at the
vaccination record in order to make their decision.
This visit could run you anywhere from $80-$130.
Your next visit, will likely be at the 12 week mark when they need their 2nd set of shots.
This visit could run you from $80-$130 as well.
Your next visit will likely be at the 16 week mark when they need their final set of shots. After this set
of shots is when you can finally take your puppy out in public, for walks around your own
neighborhoods, and around town. Remember, that if you take your puppy out before all their shots
are given, you are risking them getting doggie diseases, including PARVO, a killer. Until they are 16
weeks old, best to limit them to your own home, and your own backyard.
This visit could also run you from $80-$130.
Next, you will need to get their Rabies shot which is ok to give at 16 weeks, sometimes your vet will
wait an additional week after their 16 week shots to give this one.
This visit could run you from $65-$85.
Finally, your puppy will need to be spayed or neutered by or at the 5 month mark. This could cost
anywhere from $200 up to $450 depending on your vet. I have paid for my dogs around $325. For
girls you get this done before the 5 month mark to avoid cancers. Basically they say that you need to
spay them before they have their first heat and that could be as early as 5 months of age. For boys,
follow the same schedule to avoid health issues and unwanted boy behavior that will come out if your
boy is not neutered.
Your next vet visit will likely be at shot-booster time around the 1 year mark.
You also don't want to forget the fee's for preparing for the puppy to come home and supplies: new
puppy books ( a MUST) food, ex-pen, crate, toys, beds, collars and leashes, brushes and nail
clippers, bowls and things, these can add up to $200 and more depending on where you shop or
order your supplies from.
Just want you to be aware, and not surprised of the costs of having a new puppy. These are all
things to consider when you are deciding to get a puppy, and need to be sure that you don't just
have "enough money" for the puppy itself as the other fee's add up very quickly.