January 15th, 2010, 09:14 PM
Hey everyone, I am planning on getting a puppy. But i am a first-time dog owner, and do not know much about vaccines, deworming, vet checks and etc. Can anyone tell me what does the puppy need to get, how much would it generally cost, and does anyone know a good vet with relatively low prices on these services? Thanks so much, I just want the best for my little puppy.
PS: I live in toronto, any vet in the GTA area is fine.
January 15th, 2010, 09:23 PM
You'll probably find that the largest expense is the vet exam fee (which HAS to be done on a new pet). That's going to be $40-$60 at least.
Vaccines don't actually cost that much. they are based on weight and for a small pup to get DHPP (which happens asap) and then rabies at 16 weeks should be around $20. A de-wormer is given orally and is around $10-$15. Pups always have fleas and a dose of meds for this will be around $10.
From spring to fall you will want to consider giving your dog a preventative treatment to avoid fleas and heartworm. This is around $10 a month but becomes more expensive as your dog gets bigger (again based on weight).
Remember you'll need to budget for a good-quality food. There are lots of suggestions in our Dog Food Forum for this.
You'll also need collars, leash, bowls, grooming supplies and toys....these can all add up!
What kind of puppy are you getting??? :)
(Sorry, can't help you in the vet department. Mine is halfway between Hamilton and London. I CAN tell you that rural vets are usually less expensive and it's worth the trip if you can travel a little outside the city.)
January 15th, 2010, 09:40 PM
I am planning on getting a Pomeranian.
Many people have told me that they might not be the best choice for a first time dog owner. I have an apartment, so I can't really have large dogs, that would be unfair to them. And thanks for your help :)
January 15th, 2010, 09:45 PM
That's a good choice for an apartment. And the small size will help to keep vaccine and food costs down somewhat. They tend to be barkers though, so don't be surprised if you need to spend some money on obedience classes!
There are TONNES of Poms available on Petfinder - even puppies!