Over at Two Grad Students and a Pittie they recently posted about their monthly expenses for their dog Havi. Their expenses for the month included food, probiotics, and a vet visit, with a few once a year items as well (flea meds, heartworm preventative, shampoo).
Expenses for my dogs run a bit different I think. Its hard for me to keep track of exactly how much I spend on their food, since I feed raw. Generally I pick up their food when I do my grocery shopping, and it ends up all on the same bill. Plus, with raw feeding, I get a decent amount of free or cheap meat from people cleaning out freezers.
This month, my dogs have been eating a lot of goat, including ribs, heart, liver, and some roasts. It was slightly freezer burned, but organically raised and humanely treated, and given to us for free. They also have had some pork roasts (on sale), chicken quarters (69 cents per pound in 10 pound bags) and some super-on-sale beef roast (part of which went into two dishes for myself as well). Oh, and we still have some sardines from an awesome bulk order a while ago. The sardines were individually flash frozen, so often they get fed if I forgot to thaw out meat the night before. All together, with my dogs each eating a bit under a pound each, per day, I think I spent less than 40 dollars on food for them both (and Martha too).
Other expenses for the month include:
Flyball practice: $36 for the month (a steal of a deal this month, with 5 Thursday practices instead of the normal 4)
Flea meds: $30 for a 3 month supply- I am trying out the new product FiproPlus, which uses the same active ingredients as Frontline Plus. So far, it seems to be working good.
Flyball extras (including some new balls, a ball hopper, and purchasing a team sweatshirt): About $30 I think
New fleece ring toy/tug: $5 and totally worth every penny
Oblong exercise ball, found at a garage sale: $5
I think, this month, that is where most of my dog related money went. It was (fingers crossed I don't jinx myself saying this) a pretty decent month. With the generous amounts of free goat meat, food costs were minimal. Other than the flyball practices, the other expenses all were either one time things, or only once every few months. All added up, I think that comes to roughly $156.
As a comparison, Havi cost the Two Grad Students just under $150, not counting in the costs of prepurchased flea meds, etc. Of course, they did have a vet scare with her, which always leads to higher bills. But I think we're doing pretty good for two dogs and a cat on a budget. Though, if I controlled my extra flyball/toy/dog stuff-they-don't-really-need expenditures we would be running closer to $70 for two dogs and a cat, between food and flea meds.