Good day and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with another Pugs newsletter.
How much is a Pug Dog? Here we go!
Once you buy your Pug, you imagine there are no more major expenses.
That’s where you’re wrong.
Like a child, Pugs too need love, food, training, medical care and miscellaneous items.
So, consider the costs before you invest in one.
Remember, these costs multiplied by 14 will give you the costs you will bear in a 14-year period.
While it’s difficult to give a concrete figure that will apply to everyone no matter where you live, much depends on the nature of your Pug’s problem.
I say again though, all pets require an investment in caring for them.
I think the benefits such as the joy and loyalty we get from them easily outweighs the costs. These costs can be minimized somewhat by careful choosing of your Pug.
The range of costs:
- Cost of the pup: Your expenses begin when you pay for your pup. If you buy from a reputable
Pug breeder, it will cost you $400-800, depending on the breeder. A “pet quality” may come for slightly less, while a “show quality” dog may cost much more.
Besides, prices also vary within the area you live, so the range is broad. You can also buy from a rescue organization which may charge you $250, while one rescued from the local shelter will charge adoption fees of about $30-$100.
- Vet expenses: Then comes vet expenses that comprise the initial “well puppy exam,” the series of shots and worming etc that will set you back by about $150-$250 over a sustained course of time. If you buy an adult dog, your initial vet check and shots will cost you about $75.
But if you adopt from a shelter, these fees could be included in the adoption fee. But this still means that you do have a vet checkup, at least so that you may locate a good vet for your future visits
And remember to have your Pug spayed or neutered—something that will cost you between $75 and $175 for the puppy. But if you wait till he’s an adult before you can do this, this will set you back by $250 or thereabouts.
- Pug puppy food: Depending on the brand you choose, you could spend $20 a month for the first six to eight months before you get your pup onto adult food.
However, there are those pug breeders who will recommend you keep your pup on puppy food until they are a year old. Though higher quality foods are more expensive, don’t cut corners though on this aspect of your pup’s expenses.
- Miscellaneous expenses: These items aren’t what you anticipate but can surely burn a small hole in your pocket. These are some vital items you must invest in before bringing home the baby:
- Bowls: Steel or porcelain bowls are better because otherwise your pup will end up tipping over the bowl. Buy one large enough for the adult he’ll grow into—the 6” diameter ones cost $10-$12 each.
- Crate: You may choose not use one while house training your Pug, but you’re probably going to use one to transport your dog eventually. You could also choose from the wire see-through crates or the airline shipping type.
Usually, people use the size referred to as “200” for shipping or traveling. That would cost you about $40-$70. Your crate should allow your Pug to stand up, turn around and stretch out comfortably while inside it.
- Dog bed: People usually use both beds and crate pads or cushions for their Pugs. But even if you don’t go in for a bed, you’re going to need to line the crate with a removable-cover crate pad, for about $40 or so.
- Grooming tools: Initially, all you’ll need are a brush, shedding comb, nail clippers and shampoo—expect to pay about $40.
- Harnesses, collars and leashes: These items can be inexpensive, depending on quality. A nylon slip collar and short lightweight leash when puppy training range between $18 and $20.
Nylon buckles on the collar are good for Pugs as they have larger heads than usual. If you intend walking a lot with your Pug, you may settle for a Flexi-lead or long leash that stretches out from the handle and bounces back, and costs $40. These flexi leads are better used once you Pug is good at walking on a leash.
- Toys: Your Pug is going to need toys, chews, squeakiest, fuzziest, bones, ropes, etc. These will cost you about $50, but that’s cheaper than a new sofa set, right?
- Enzyme cleaner: This is to clean with after your puppy has urinated on the rug. This kind of cleaner helps remove the stain and odour on the rug. Starting prices for a big bottle are about $10-$12.
- Puppy proofing: You can’t possibly block off parts of your house and yard so that your pup doesn’t wander into the rest of the house. So, invest in a baby gate that will block off doorways in the bathroom or kitchen ($45).
Cable ties to get electrical cords off the floor will be another $15-$20 while cord covers can cost you $50 or more. To either set up a fenced yard or invest in a chain link kennel, you will have to spend about a few hundred dollars. If you build or buy one, it will cost you $100-$200.
- Ongoing annual expenses: Let us assume the first year of maintaining a Pug is over. This means that the cost of shots is no longer there. But you do have annual vaccinations to pay for. Annual vet costs that cover costs due to cut paws, scratched eyes ate a shoelace, worm problems could go up to $1000 a year but for healthy dogs, it would barely be $250.
Besides, an annual standard office visit will cost you $50, depending on your location and vet. Be prepared for an emergency a year, tests for which will set you back by a minimum of $500.
On an average, you should expect to foot this kind of bill in the year:
A first year cost between $700 and $1,000
An annual cost over 12 years: $320 and $445
One annual emergency: $800 and $1,000
Total veterinary cost: $5,020 and $6895 (over 12 years) + emergencies
Average annual cost over a 12-year period: $418 and $575
I hope that you learned a lot from today’s Pugs newsletter
All the best and take care