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Annual Costs of owning a Golden Retriever

While there will be variances, how much does it cost to own a golden retriever on an annual basis i.e. food, Vets's visits, grooming, obedience classes etc
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Probably around a thousand dollars a year depending on your area. They don't have to be professionally groomed and if you join a dog training club your classes will often be cheaper. You do need to have cushion for unexpected vet bills. I just had my dog to the vet for allergies and a visit with a couple tests run was $100 and that didn't include any meds. You don't have to go all out on toys and stuff, but it does add up... And gets expensive to board if you go on vacation.
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IMO you should plan to spend $3,000 the first year but have at least $5,000 set aside for emergencies. I have much more than than set aside for my fur butts and add to it each month since I don't have pet health insurance on my crew.

I have heard most people spend at least $10,000 to $20,000 on their pet over it's lifetime. They are still cheaper than kids.

I spent so far roughly $3,000 on Buddy since I rescued him 6 months ago. Medical and training & I know I will keep on paying. I already had leashes, collars, beds, toys, etc. My pet food bill have gone up that is to be expected.

Food is $50/month at least (Buddy eats 2 cups daily if kibble)
I do my own grooming- He is not at a show dog- Pet only.
Yearly shots $120 dollars
Training at least $110 for 6 1hr sessions- Group
$50 per private lesson.
It cost me $500 to neuter Buddy.
Every hot spot or ear infections he gets would be at least $50 at the vets office
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I set aside $100/month after food, treat, and toy expenses, just for emergencies.

Grooming you can do yourself. It takes a little bit of inexpensive equipment to do basic grooming to avoid mats. Getting a show look takes a bit more equipment and some expertise, but what's most important is to brush out your Golden's dead undercoat regularly and to avoid matting.
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Mika is correct, the first year tends to be tough. Mack's neuter was $300 And his heart worm/flea control trifles is is $200 a year. I'm afraid her number is more accurate. Probably $3000 the first year and then if you're lucky more like $2000 after that.

You are smart to make sure you budget. Smart to ask questions up front.
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Yeah, first year is more since you have lots of scheduled vet visits and vaccinations. Plus, you should really invest in puppy class and at least one subsequent obedience class in the first year.
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Buddy was 2.5 years old when I got him but had no previous training & a medical disaster. I has been like having a new puppy minus the land shark stage and accidents in the house.
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I spend about $75 per month on food/treats for 2 dogs.
The occasional toy or bone (they've collected tons over the years so don't get them that often anymore)
Heart worm meds are $50 every 3 months (2 dogs)
Get visits are 50 twice a year (seniors)+ 150 for bloodwork. My vet clinic doesn't charge for vaccines if you are enrolled in their healthy pet program (basically bring in pet for exam once a year or twice a year for seniors) so about 250 per year for routine vet care per dog

So I spend about 160O per year for 2 dogs.

Plus, with bear's hemangiosarcoma diagnosis it's been almost 6k in the last 6 weeks between diagnosis and the cancer vet. Thank god for pet insurance!
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I know I spent about $3000 on Lily, but a lot of that was treats and toys she didn't absolutely need. I purchased a puppy plan at my vet that actually saved me over $900 in the last year, and I got discounts on her meds and the plan covered her spay. The plan for her second year will be cheaper because she's already been spayed, but I expect at least $1000 for her second year of expenses. I spend $60 on food that lasts two months, heartworm and flea meds (trifexis) $21 a month until she's done growing, $23 for the monthly cost of her plan. And I can't stop myself from spoiling her rotten with toys and treats!
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a senior golden....
$55 every 3 weeks for prescription food = $990 / year
$1 a day for canned food so he'll eat the prescription food = $365 / year
supplements and meds $2.50 / day = $920 / year
special treats $25 / month = $300 / year
toys $ 5 / month = $60 / year
acupuncture vet = $153 every 3 weeks = $2601 / year
chiropractor vet = $ 40 every 3 weeks = $ 680 / year
bloodwork = $150 every 6 weeks = $1350 / year
vet visits = $ 45 every other month = $ 270 / year
eye exam, oncology consultation = $800 / year
assistive devices = $ 950 / year
dental cleaning = $248 / year
heartworm meds = $180 / year
vaccinations = $120 / year
license and tags = $50 / year
adequan injections = $20 per week = $1040 per year
probably forgot a few things along the way...like gas to go to vet appointments, and probably a bunch of other stuff. And that's without any major surgeries that particular year.

Total for the year $ 10,924

14 years of love and devotion....priceless
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