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17 Aug 2009
Angela
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Cost of Dogs: Vet Requirements and Care Prices

The Following is the AVMA recommended guidelines for puppy shots and dog yearly vaccinations. I have added the general or known costs of the items so you may get an idea of what it costs to properly care for an animal.

Puppy Shot Schedule: 6 weeks to one year

6- 12 Weeks:

First Puppy shots- DHLPP (In Italy called CHPPl2-L) and Corona

Fecal and Deworming

Microchip:

On Base: $18

Off Base vet: 20 - 40 euro

Shots

Base Vet: $12

Off Base Vet: 30 to 70 euro

Fecal and deworming:

Varies on what brand vet prescribes and duration

Any where from $10 to $40

11-12 Weeks:

Second Puppy Shots- DHLPP and Corona

Fecal and Deworming

Shots

Base Vet: $12

Off Base Vet: 30 to 70 euro

Fecal and deworming:

Varies on what brand vet prescribes and duration

Any where from $10 to $40

15 - 16 Weeks

Third Puppy shots- DHLPP and Corona (Third shots are not required in Italy and so most vets will only do the first two rounds in Italy. Rabies shot should still be done and fecal/deworming should also still be looked at. You will have to ask for the Rabies shot if at an Italian Vet. Italy does not require the rabies but since the base does, you must have this done.)

Fecal and Deworming

Rabies

Base Vet: $24

Off Base Vet: 20 to 60 euro

7-9 Months- First Heartworm Test

(Italy: Leishmaniasis test)

Base vet: $24

Off Base Vet: 20 to 60 euro

Adult dogs One year and Over:

DHLPP Yearly

Heartworm Test

Rabies

Bordetella

Fecal Test

Leishmaniasis

DHLPP puppy shot is a combination vaccine that protects against 5 separate diseases :

Distemper

Hepatitis

Leptospirosis

Parainfluenza

Parvovirus

Sterilization:

On base: $70 with around a 6 month wait

Off Base vet: Age varies between 8 weeks and 9 months

Cost between 120 - 300 euro

Other Surgeries and or Emergency Services can cost from 100 euro or more. The base vet does not take emergencies so in the event of an immediate emergency, you will be forced to go to an off base vet.

Boarding: Generally you can find individuals in the community willing to board dogs as needed. They may charge from $10 a day or more.

Most Italian run kennels/boarding faciliies run from 10 euro a day or more.

An owner will also need to be aware of food and equipment costs. This can vary greatly due to owner prefrences and if a dog needs special requirements (diets, collars, etc). In General, be prepared to spend at least $50 a month on food, equipment, flea and or heartworm medications, and other general costs. (the bigger the dog, the higher the costs so if you want a large breed I would suggest you budget accordingly)