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Old 02-20-2010, 01:12 PM
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Many people think the only costs related to having a Chihuahua are the initial
price paid for their pup, some food, and their puppy vaccinations. Well, I
have finished my Financial Plan for 2010, and here is the anticipated Budget
for Tabitha and Jerry:

$34 monthly - food/treats (Top Grade Food)
$45 monthly - one full groom each (bath, nails, ears, trim, tip)
$39 monthly - Jerry PetPlan Insurance
$37 monthly - Tabitha PetPlan Insurance
Total monthly for the year: 155 x 12 = $1860

$184 annual - Frontline and Interceptor
$10 annual - dog license
$82 Vet - April Bordatella/DA2PP vacs
$112 Vet - July Annual Exam, Rabies Vac each
$36 Vet - Oct Bordatella Vac each
$20 two washable cat beds
$96 - Collars, Harnesses, Leash, Toys

Grand Total: $2400 per year/ $200 per month / $100 a month per Chi

And, of course, there are gifts, and other just fun stuff. I know many people
do their own grooming, so that could cut $540. It still leaves $155 a month
for the two of them.

These costs DO NOT include:
Illness/Accident/Meds ($50 deductible)
Trips, Crates, Ex-Pens, and other "Chi Furniture"

Now, I challenge you to post your 2010 budget
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OMG! Forgot to anticipate $100 each for Dental around August!
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It costs me a small fortune, but worth every penny!
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worth every penny X3 don't forget their wardrobe!!!
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Gosh when you put it like that Therese! Expensive wee animals lol!

I certainly think you need to be financially secure before thinking about pets, I hate to hear that a pet is sick and the owner cannot afford to take them to the vets, makes me mad.

In the last 2 days with Rocky having had diahorrea it has cost me 40, thats an unexpected bill.

He is worth every penny though!! xxx
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Great breakdown! I refuse to calculate how much I spend on my pets annually...if I did I would probably pass out, just our monthly expenses are already sky high and we're probably going to have another chi in a few weeks. Yikes! lol I agree with Lisa though, they are worth it!
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It's good to set aside $$ for unexpected vet bills also. Brody's eye problems back in the fall cost $1500. Insurance is a good idea.
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These costs DO NOT include:
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It's good to set aside $$ for unexpected vet bills also. Brody's eye problems back in the fall cost $1500. Insurance is a good idea.
The insurance is 100% of the illness/accident and I pay $50 deductible. I have the Gold coverage...
Of course, I have to pay the bill first and wait a couple weeks for reimbursement. I just see that as a cashflow issue as opposed to expense.

Yes, expensive little critters gotta love 'em!
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