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September 07, 2006


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No doubt that owning a pet can be expensive. My cats are completely spoiled rotten, but they are very lovable and can help keep me sane on a bad day.

Just wanted to show you the other side of dog ownership :)

Yearly rabies vax at vet to be legal: 10.00 (includes mini checkup)

Yearly cost of heartworm medicine from Australia where it's OTC: 40.00

Yearly cost of Solojec 7 from farm supply store: 7.00 (gets distemper, hepatitis (canine adenovirus type 1), canine adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospira canicola and leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae. )

Diamond Lamb & Rice kibble (doggy has corn issues): 25.00 per 40# bag so maybe 100.00 per year

Cost of a .22 bullet when my dog is no longer enjoying his life because he is physically incapable and I come to the realization that it is my responsibility to take care of it: 0.25 and the gasoline to drive out of the city limits.

You can easily treat your dog with the same homeopathic remedies you keep on hand for your kids and you. They don't need fancy treats, feed them vegetables from your hand. They can take baby aspirin for pain and benadryl for allergies. My dog gets bathed with the same soap I use on myself and the kid. Granted, there are some things that require a vet, but not most of the basic care for a dog and people are scared to do injections and things themselves.

Cost for my beagle over his 15 year life span: 2355.25. He's worth it.

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