How much do you spend on your dog per month?

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embarrassedabout Tue 22-Oct-19 07:17:29


I realise this will vary a lot depending on breed, health, food etc...

Just wondering on average what people spend on their dogs per month (including insurance, food, toys, treatments, poop bags, things you have to replace etc).

Thanks smile

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missbattenburg Tue 22-Oct-19 08:27:20

Food - between £60-80 depending on what I've bought that month. I vary foods a bit.

Insurance - £25pm

Dog walker - £100 for two walks a week. More if he has more.

Flea worm and vaccines - not as regular as per month but evened out about £15pm

Toys - £20 ish pm

Treats - £20 ish pm

Grooming - £45 every six weeks so £30 pm averaged out

Agility - £30 to go twice a month

I then spend more on random shit I've decided he NEEDS, such as a comfy foam mat for the car or a new type of grooming brush etc.

missbattenburg Tue 22-Oct-19 08:28:05

That's £300 per month! thlshock

Fishcakey Tue 22-Oct-19 08:34:54

I have two but for one single dog - her insurance is £92, £15 for her health plan (which includes flea and worm treatment) food about £25 (she's only small) and she goes to the groomers every three months which is £48.

Other younger dogs insurance is £26 and she gets groomed more often.

QuietWalk Tue 22-Oct-19 08:36:17

About £150-200 pcm on food and treats.

Vet bills are sporadic so I'd say it probably averages out at about £50 pm.

I do all of the walking and work flexibly so no daycare costs to pay

I have six dogs grin

Motorina Tue 22-Oct-19 09:10:56

Copied from a previous discussion...

Day care 3 days a week, £42 per day = £504
Two classes per week, £15 each = £120
Food £100 per month
Incidentals (toys, treats, vaccines, flea treatment...) say £50

£774 total.

No insurance, so vets bills as needed ???

That’s for two dogs, but it’s still fairly terrifying.

missbattenburg Tue 22-Oct-19 09:21:10

I wouldn't mind but what do you get for your money?

The dog never opens doors for me, never drives me to nice places, never makes my dinner or deals with my poop, never tells me I am "so beautiful", never worries about any aches or scratches I have, never lets me sit on his lap, steals most the space on the bed, farts without guilt and has never once told me I am "such a good owner".

It's a rip off, really grin


GingerFoxInAT0phat Tue 22-Oct-19 09:27:18

I’ve got a cocker spaniel that has just turned 1, I pay

Food £70
Insurance £40
Treats £20
Worm count screening couple of times a year £25 each
Lead and harness £50ish (Obviously not ever month but mine has chewed through a couple of leads and I’ve tried extending ones, long lines etc)

namechangenumber2 Tue 22-Oct-19 09:33:11

£25 - insurance
£20 - food ( she's only small!)
£5 - treats

£40 every 6-8 weeks groom

Occasional new toy/ball

She's not too expensive really, but that's because we don't have to spend out on dog walkers etc

Showergel1 Tue 22-Oct-19 09:35:59

Insurance £31 pm
Food £20pm
Daycare and walker is sporadic depending on work schedules but generally £70 a month
Groomers every 6 weeks or so at £35

Unconditional love received: priceless

Floralnomad Tue 22-Oct-19 09:38:39

I’ve got a 9yr old patterdale x and it probably averages out at about £150-200 , no daycare or walkers but he goes for a bath and haircut every 3 weeks and has daily medication for SLO . Obviously that’s averaged out as I buy flea / worm treatment twice a year ( to last for 6 months ) . It probably doesn’t include incidentals like new coats / beds .

CooperLooper Tue 22-Oct-19 09:54:03

We have a pretty large Lab:

£50k approx food
£19 pet insurance
£10 misc (dentastix, new tennis balls etc)
£4 PitPat subscription (doggy Fitbit!)
£90 approx on doggy day care (usually once a week minimum at £22 per day)

So quite a lot for ours really. It's the main reason we can't afford a second doggo, as much as I'd love to

YogaDrone Tue 22-Oct-19 09:54:08

Insurance £40 pm
Vet Club £15
Food £30
Treats, YuMove Tablets, poo bags, Kong balls, toys etc. £10

She's a 5 year old labrador on JWB dry food.

Occasional large purchases like bedding, crates, collars, harnesses & leads perhaps even out to about £15 per month.

Quite cheap compared to others it seems.

2017 was expensive when she had to have CL surgery and our [pants] insurance company decided that they'd only cover £750 of the bill leaving us with the other £3500 to find. The Vet said the other would likely tear as well so I'm just waiting for her to do that and that will be another £3500 disappearing from my savings!

GinGeum Tue 22-Oct-19 10:03:56

Ummm... £0 on a normal month blush

Food and medications are paid for my DH's work.

He doesn't go to doggy daycare.

We don't use poo bags as we walk on our own private land, I usually just take a leftover food bag/wrapper just incase we decide to veer off onto a footpath.

He doesn't really 'do' toys, just looks at you as if you've insulted his intelligence if you bring one home. He likes a stick or a log.

We buy his bed but that's a rare cost every few years! We would pay for some vet treatment (but not routine stuff) but (touch wood!) that hasn't happened so far.

adaline Tue 22-Oct-19 10:12:22

We have a 17kg beagle. We spend the following:

Food - £40
Chews - £20 or so.
Flea/worming tablets - averages at about £20 a month.
He also takes joint tablets which are £18 every six weeks.
Poo bags maybe £2 a month.

There's also things like replacement leads, blankets for the sofa, treats for walks and he recently got a new coat. But they're not regular spends but maybe average out at another £20-30 a month. Sometimes he gets a trip to the pet shop too which is maybe another £40 a time but that's only every 2-3 months.

So roughly £100 a month or so, which I think is fine. I could easily afford to spend more but it would be a total waste.

adaline Tue 22-Oct-19 10:15:14

Oh, and insurance, which is £26 per month.

Girlintheframe Tue 22-Oct-19 12:58:37

We spend over £300 per month! shock

Food/treats - £60
Insurance £28
Training class £30
Daycare £160
Vets/worming etc £50

None of that includes toys/beds etc

missbattenburg Tue 22-Oct-19 13:22:54

I think if you take out the daycare/walking costs (which really hike up the £) then we're looking at approx. £100-150pm across the answers here...

LittleBigTime Tue 22-Oct-19 13:26:19

A lot...

Doggy day care £600 per month
Insurance £15 per month
Vacc/flea etc plan £15 per month ish
Food £40 per months
Toys £as and when she destroys them lol

tabulahrasa Tue 22-Oct-19 14:23:34

Some of the food costs seem really high to me... what are you all feeding that costs that much?

Just being nosy btw - because a pretty decent grain free food was about £40 a month for a Rottweiler and is about £25 for a medium sized small for a collieish dog.

missbattenburg Tue 22-Oct-19 14:28:25

I think the use of wet food hikes the cost up on food.

I feed half and half kibble and mix from Millies, Aatu, Akela, Eden, Canagan etc. If he was just on kibble it would be a fair bit cheaper. He's a large, young, male, intct springer through so is probably in a higher category re food requirement.

WomensRightsAreContraversial Tue 22-Oct-19 14:30:27

Food £20pcm
Treats including chews and training treats: £8pcm
Toys £2 ever (she inherited my old dog's toys, which she destroyed instantly the soft ones, I bought her a rubber bone but mainly she likes to play with her blanket thlgrin )
Insurance £17pcm
Poo bags probably £6 a year
Vaccs/flea treatment and worming £15pcm
Vets - touch wood we haven't needed a visit yet!
Training £5 a week
Replacement cables that she's chewed: £3 hmm

WomensRightsAreContraversial Tue 22-Oct-19 14:33:03

Not counting the bits of human food and cat food that end up in her belly hmmwink

Oh, and around £50 for harness and lead, dog tag, and 2 coats. About to spend another £20 on another coat hmm

WomensRightsAreContraversial Tue 22-Oct-19 14:34:20

Ooooh and £550 for new gates and £20 in beer money to my neighbour who dog proofed the bits of the garden that I couldn't work out how!

adaline Tue 22-Oct-19 14:34:29

Some of the food costs seem really high to me... what are you all feeding that costs that much?

We feed both wet and dry, so that increases the cost. We pay £7 for 5 days of wet food. It's much more expensive than plain biscuits but my dog won't eat plain biscuits...

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