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This is my third year of tracking our pet finances here at the House of Two Bows. This is an ongoing effort to get a practical sense of what it costs to keep two 20 ~ 30 pound adult dogs in an area of the US with relatively high costs of living. Previous posts in this series can be found under the category of finances.

The Cost of (Pet) Things for March 2013:

  • Food: $72 [previous month, $135]
  • Treats: $9 [previous, $3]
  • Grooming: $8 [previous, $15]
  • Accessories and misc: $0 [previous, $12]
  • Vet & Medical: $265 [previous, $0]
  • TOTAL: $354 (running total for 2013 ~$188/month)

Well, if it wasn’t for Bowpi’s vet visit (regular checkup) and box of prescription flea meds, we would’ve been in the double digits this month… Alas, it’s not like I get to arbitrarily decide, “Hey! This month my dogs will get NO vetting even if it’s an emergency!” If it’s time to pay those bills, you just gotta pay up…

At least we had quite a bit of food socked away from last month. March’s total includes about $50 worth of supplements that will average out over extended periods of time. I got a couple 16 oz. jars of Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil, which I’m guessing should be enough to last a whole year. A 32 fl. oz jar of Liquid Health K-9 Glucosamine was also purchased for $25.95 with prime shipping on Amazon. The last container (different brand, pictured below) lasted almost five months for Bowdu at half daily dose, alternating with other joint-friendly things some days.

Liquid glucosamineJarrow Formulas Coconut Oil

Meanwhile, keeping our treats all raw and homemade really controls our costs in this category. This month’s expenditures included a couple pounds of chicken hearts (dehydrated at home) and two rounds of lamb bone chews. Kibble sample pouches and other freebies kept us stocked for the rest of the month.

Finally, in grooming supplies, got another tube of Virbac C.E.T. toothpaste, seafood flavored. Yum. Dog toothpaste is not cheap in comparison to human toothpaste! By the end of the year, I should have a pretty good idea of what I spend just to maintain Bowpi’s dental health (Bowdu barely needs any help there). Whatever the total, it can’t be as bad as having to dish out hundreds all at once on a full dental checkup with extractions…

Virbac seafood flavored toothpaste... Mmm...