Canine Calculations

First-year expenses are only one factor in your puppy equation.

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When Robin Nolan paid $400 for her Belgian Tervuren puppy Harley 13 years ago, she immediately spent $150 to have her vaccinated, dewormed, and for flea medication. Then she spent $180 to have her spayed. Annual visits to the veterinarian cost about $300 a year.

“Harley goes through a $30 bag of food in five weeks, though she is only a 45-pound dog. So over 13 years, I’ve spent $3,900 on food alone,” Nolan says. “I’m scared to do the math.”

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