COSTS OF HAVING A LITTER

All of the tests listed are necessary for the health of the bitch and her litter and also to screen for possible genetic problems that could occure in future generations.

NORMAL EXPENSES
BEFORE THE BREEDING
Shots, Worming
$ 75
Brucellosis Test (Doggy VD)
$ 25
Hips x-rayed (for dysplasia)
$ 200
Elbows x-rayed (for dysplasia)
$ 75
Thyroid Test
$ 50
ACVO/CERF (eye exam)
$45 per/8 years
$ 360
DNA Test For PRA
(eyes )
$ 250
AT TIME OF BREEDING
Stud Fee
$ 500
Boarding Expenses
$ 200
AFTER THE BREEDING
Good Quality Food
$ 90
Whelping Box
$ 100
Whelping supplies
scale, blankets, towels, etc.
$ 100
AT BIRTH
Vet check for Mom & Pups
$ 75
Dew Claw Removal
$10 per puppy
$ 100
AS PUPPIES GROW
Clean Up material/garbage bags
$ 25
6 week vet visit with shots
$ 250
Newspaper Ad
$ 40
Puppy Food
$ 90
X-Pen for Puppies
$ 75
Safe Toys
$ 50
APPROXIMATE TOTAL COST
Not including problems
$2,730
PROBLEMS OVER & ABOVE
THE NORMAL COSTS
Troubles during delivery/
C-section
$ 850
Trouble after delivery/
Mastitis
$ 300
Supplements if your bitch
won't nurse
$ 150
Euthanasia for physically
deformed puppies
$ 50
Trouble if a puppy/puppies
don't do well
$200+++
PARVO
and possible loss of
some or all puppies
$3000+++
Other associated difficulties
too many and too varied to mention
but they can and do happen
$200+++++++

These figures are based on a litter of 10 which is an
average sized litter for a larger dog)
(These figures only include dollars spent and not time spent)
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