Having said all that, I have calculated my dog-related expenses for the previous month.
June 2016 Expenses
Food - $220.55
Health - $317.65
Treats - $39.48
Grooming - $12.00
Total - $589.68
Hello, sticker shock.
Food expenses include the normal chicken leg quarters from the grocery store. I also picked up some organs, turkey hearts, and green tripe from My Pet Carnivore, and a small amount of "dog food" from a local butcher. Also included was a little splurge purchase of Primal Turkey and Sardine frozen raw.
Health expenses were much more than typical this month. Neeko had her yearly vet appointment, which included a heartworm test, tick-borne illness test, and a senior panel. She's only six, but I went ahead and had them draw labs on her. All of her blood tests came back perfect. I also purchased four doses of heartworm preventative, as heartworms are a real concern in my area. I also purchased Bruce's medication, as usual.
Treats expenses were a bag of treats and some bully sticks.
The rare grooming expense was a DIY dog wash for Neeko. When she blows coat, which is later in the year than the boys, she gets a little stinky because of her coat texture. So she earned herself a bath, which she was not pleased with.
Not including the costs associated with Neeko's vet visit, this would have been a very typical month. I have no complaints, and count myself fortunate in that I have healthy dogs who only see the vet once a year.