15 Jan

All of the information obtained in this text is from the original article: Therapy Animals – Offering Comfort and Cheer to People in Need


Below is a summary of the costs associated with raising a litter of puppies responsibly.

Pre-Puppy Expenses
Expense DescriptionMinimumMaximumAverage
Travel to meet and compare various stud dogs (if not own stud)$0.00$1,000.00$500.00
OFA and CERF certifications of health for Mom$382.00$480.00$431.00
2-4 Progesterone tests to pinpoint accuracy of timing @75/every 2 days$276.00$512.00$394.00
Brucellous test & health check for bitch$80.00$175.00$127.50
Stud Fee to Stud Owner$1,000.00$1,500.00$1,250.00
Lost wages (time off work to travel to stud dog or vet for breeding)$400.00$1,200.00$800.00
Travel to Stud dog (gas, tolls, meals) (local vs. out of state$500.00$0.00$250.00
4 nights at mid-priced dog-friendly lodging @$80/night (not counting hours on phone finding it) + pet deposit$0.00$400.00$200.00
OR Airline fare and boarding to fly bitch to dog$0.00$400.00$200.00
Semen Collection of Stud (if needed)$0.00$500.00$250.00
Implantation (surgery) or 2 Transcervical insemination of collected sperm into bitch$0.00$1,000.00$500.00
Ultrasound to check on status of breeding – did it take?$0.00$150.00$75.00
Pre-puppy Total: NO PUPPIES YET, just preliminaries (double if breeding doesn’t take)$5,638.00
Puppy Expenses
Accumulate needed birthing supplies (clamps, heat lamp, heat mat, siphon bulb, replacement milk, etc.) assuming already have some things from previous litters$50.00$250.00$150.00
Update website & get puppycam ready (hosting)$50.00$200.00$125.00
Extra food in anticipation of pregnancy$100.00$200.00$150.00
Prenatal vitamins for bitch$0.00$50.00$25.00
X-ray to confirm pregnancy$0.00$150.00$75.00
Miss work to deliver puppies (sick time or lost wages)$400.00$1,200.00$800.00
Birth Expenses – Natural (have oxytocin, other drugs on hand for complications)$0.00$200.00$100.00
Birth Expenses – C-section/Complications$0.00$3,000.00$1,500.00
Emergency visit cost (weekend, after hours or fading puppy vet visit)$0.00$200.00$100.00
AKC litter registration $25 + $2 per puppy$41.00$45.00$43.00
More premium food for nursing mom & puppies (once weaned)$300.00$300.00$300.00
Nursing Mom refuses eat premium food, demands steak and cottage cheese instead$0.00$100.00$50.00
Vet Emergency that always happens (stepped on puppy, Mastitis in mom)$0.00$500.00$250.00
Start puppies on solid food (hamburger, cottage cheese, premium Puppy food varies by breeder)$200.00$500.00$350.00
Worm puppies 3 times (assuming 4-10 puppies) – stool sample $35 each & meds$140.00$350.00$245.00
First Parvo/Distemper shots for 4-12 puppies (1 shots each) & Vet checkup$400.00$400.00$400.00
New & replacement puppy toys, towels, baby gates, other misc. necessities$50.00$100.00$75.00
Home Destruction (replace chewed woodwork, cords, repair furniture & rugs etc.)$0.00$300.00$150.00
24/7 job of supervising new mom, making sure puppies are safe & fed, laundress, playmate and poop picker upper$0.00$0.00$0.00
Assemble puppy “going home” packets (copying, food samples, collar, toys, poop bags, etc.)$75.00$250.00$162.50
Photos/developing, communication w/puppy buyers (digital/film – email/cell phone minutes)$100.00$100.00$100.00
Added utility bills and laundry costs for washing puppy blankets and heating for puppies when they are first born.$200.00$200.00$200.00
Eventual Sleep and a Healthy Mom & Puppies – Puppy breath and cuddlesPRICELESSPRICELESSPRICELESS

It's all fun and games until you count up the tru cost!!! 

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