How much is that doggy in the window really going to cost me?

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    We have two very large dogs; a standard size goldendoodle named Lucy and a Bernese mountain dog named Dakota. Together we have close to 200 pounds of dog running through our home! Both dogs came from breeders and that cost a pretty penny alone. We knew about that cost right off the bat, but the ongoing financial obligations of these dogs is more than I imagined.

    Experts say that during the first year your new puppy will cost between $700 – $2,000. Our dogs cost much more! Our Dakota had health issues fairly early so there were even more vet bills than the typical puppy shots and well vet visits. Lucy has a sensitive stomach so she needs specially formulated dog food. As big furry indoor dogs, they get groomed monthly. When we go away, the pets need to be cared for. Since we like to travel, we have found that it is cheaper to bring in a house sitter than it is to board the dogs. But all of these costs add up quickly! No longer is a spontaneous weekend away with my husband very spontaneous!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love our fur family members, but the costs, both financially and lifestyle wise, are real. As our pets are getting older, I am getting concerned about the potential for emergency vet bills – the ones that we have not planned for in our budget.

    I have never purchased pet insurance and don’t know much about it. I am not sure if it would be good “investment” or not. Any thoughts on this topic? I’d love to get some advise.


    I have not invested in pet insurance either. I asked my veterinarian about it, and he said that when it comes to older dogs with health problems (like mine), that it really doesn’t cover much.


    Thanks, Zipporah. That is what I am finding out as I do more research. I found some information on Thankfully my husband and I are on the same page when it comes to spending money on our pets’ health care.

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