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How Much is That Puppy in The Window?

Updated on July 6, 2009

New Puppy

Thinking about a new puppy? Think you're ready to bring a dog in your home? You're kids bugging you for a puppy?

In any case, dogs are a big responsibility- training, socializing, exercising, loving... In reality, that's the easy part.... Before you get a dog, you need to consider how much this life- long commitment is going to cost you because amount of love is going to pay for the vet bills of feed the ball of fur.

Dog Accessories

Here's a list of items that you're going to need to purchase for your new dog.

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Dog ID tag
  • Food and water bowls
  • Dog crate
  • Dog food

And, here are a few items that you may want to purchase for the new dog.

  • Squeaky toys
  • Tennis balls
  • Dog ropes
  • Chew toys
  • Nylabones
  • Dog treats
  • Dog bed or pillow
  • Dog clothes
  • Potty pads

These items are not necessary to purchase, but you may want to spoil your dog a little. Plus, with puppies and young dogs, toys and chew bones help keep your sanity.

Vet Bills

When you bring home that cute puppy from the breeder's house, or whether it be the gracious dog from the animal shelter, he's going to need veterinary care.

Dogs cost more than the simple new bag of premium dog food, larger collar, or new squeaky toy. Dogs need annual shots with the occasional check- up. Puppies need shots at 6 weeks old, 9 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks.

Think about the vet bills. Can you afford them?

  • At 6 weeks old puppies get Canine Distemper, Hepatitis Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis Vaccine, and Canine Parvovirus Vaccineand a wormer.
  • At 9 weeks, puppies get a repeat of the shots from 6 weeks old.
  • At 12 weeks old, puppies get the vaccines from 6 and 9 weeks old and the Canine Bordetalla/ Intra Trac Vaccine.
  • At 16 weeks old, puppies get the same vaccines as a 12 week old puppy plus a rabies vaccine.
  • For a dog's yearly shots, the vaccines that a 16 week old puppy gets, is repeated again after one year, and every year thereafter.

Plus, remember that in a year you can encounter various mishaps that can lead to a trip to the vet.

Vet bills aren't free. Sometimes, vets will accept a payment plan, but I'm not sure if that is for regular vaccinations or for surgeries. More than likely, it depends on your vet.

Note: Not all veterinarians follow this exact schedule of vaccinations, as there are recent discoveries that puppies do not neccessarily need to start vaccinations until 8 weeks old unless they came from a kennel or breeder with loads of dogs. Small breeders and shelters have less chance of disease and illness from the start. Ask your veterinarian for options, although this is the most common schedule of vaccinations for dogs, and even if you prefer the three year schedule versus the one year schedule, most vets are not equiped for those vaccines.

Spay & Neutering

When you bring home a new puppy or dog, you need to consider spending the money to have the dog altered. There are already, thousands upon thousands of dogs unwanted running around streets in your neighborhood; if you dog gets loose, she may come home pregnant, and you have the responsibility of birthing, weaning, and finding homes for an entire litter of puppies.

If your pup is a boy, that doesn't excuse you from having the procedure. Your pup could become the father of unwanted puppies, who may get picked up by the dog catcher, and end up euthanized.

Responsible dog ownership, calls for a responsible alteration of your pet. Plus, when you spay or neuter your dog, you prevent health concerns such as prostate cancer in male dogs and uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer in female dogs.

Prevent pet over- population. Spay or neuter your pet.

Are You Ready to Afford A Dog?

Dogs are costly critters that will easily steal your heart. So before you make the final decision to bring one into your home, make sure that you can properly care for your dog, financially.

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    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Whitney 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I am aware of the changes, but more vets use this schedule. I have heard that we actually over-vaccinate and there are cases of mass cell tumors caused at vaccination spots, but in the article, I opted to stick with the most common form of vaccination schedule. Also it's the rabies that is three year, none of the others.The schedule you're thinking of starts at 8 weeks for pups from small breeders and kennels that will generally have less chance of illness and disease. Puppies then receive vaccinations every 4 weeks until 16 weeks, then the yearlies, and then every three years for the rabies. Puppies from larger breeders, puppy mills, pet stores, and large shelters should start at 6 weeks, as risk of disease at the start is greater.

      Please don't assume that facts haven't been checked, as they have been. My articles are researched before publishing. Thanks.

    • vedaisomebiz profile image

      vedaisomebiz 

      9 years ago

      Also some of your vaccine information is out of date, all 27 vet schools in america tell us that vaccines at 6 weeks are a no no! they depress the dogs immune system making them more likely to get major health concerns now, and possibly make them prone to immune mediated diseases later. Also vaccines are no longer recommended to be given on a yearly basis as they last no less than 3 years, some vets have switched to the 3 year vaccination proticall but most want the money yearly vaccines bring in! also your puppy only needs bordatella vaccine if he is going to a puppy class where he will be exposed to other puppies, and only because they require it! kennel cough is passed from infected dogs to your dog, its not life threatening and the vaccine possibly is. Too many vaccines are causing our dogs to have myriad problems and die too young, please check the facts folks!

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Whitney 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Not all dogs are from puppy mills, and not all dogs have major health problems later in life.

    • nicko guzman profile image

      nicko guzman 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      They are also expensive later on because they begin to show helth problems,being they are from puppy mills and BYB.They were most likely inbred.

    • sdorrian profile image

      sdorrian 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      I agree. People need to realize that when they adopt a pet, they are making a commitment for the rest of the animal's life. That may be 10-15 years or longer. That cute puppy isn't going to stay small and cute forever. As he grows, he's going to need a lot of training and attention from you to learn how to behave properly. That is your responsibility. The number one reason dogs are turned in to shelters is behavior problems. Your dog won't have these problems if you are committed to training and provide the proper care.

      Thousands and thousands of unwanted pets are euthanized every year because people didn't make that commitment and didn't educate themselves before getting an animal. The best solution is to educate yourself before adopting as outlined above. Also, spay and neuter your pet, rather than running the risk of adding to the unwanted pet population. I also think it's better to get a dog from a shelter. You will very likely be saving a life.

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