|The Cost of Owning a Lab|
|Everyone loves Labrador Retrievers (especially Lab puppies) and the companionship that they bring to our lives. However, puppies do not stay small forever and a Labs' companionship does come at a price. This member of your household has requirements and other needs such as licenses, food, training, equipment, grooming supplies, toys and medical care. There is also the time required to care for, raise and play with your Lab. No dog of any breed will thrive in isolation.
Adoption of Labs from Labs4rescue is our mission. But it is equally important that anyone adopting a dog from Labs4rescue be fully aware of the annual and incidental costs of owning a Lab. Below are examples of some average costs you are likely to incur while raising your Labrador retriever.
|License||Required cost is more for intact dogs.
All dogs adopted from Labs4rescue are altered.
|$5 - 20|
|Control||Collar, leash and ID tag||$20 - 50|
|Food (estimated annual)||Good quality food that has less fillers (for 50 lbs. dog)||$325 - 750|
|Grooming||Brush and nail clippers or professional grooming||$35 - 250|
|Toys, etc.||Toys, chew toys and treats||$100 - $300|
|Furniture||Kennel or dog bed||$50 - 200|
|Training||Obedience school||$75 - 300|
|Veterinarian Care||Spay or Neuter||Healthier pet and avoid adding to the surplus of dogs.
Included in all adoptions from Labs4rescue.
|$50 - 225|
|Shots (annual)||Rabies vaccine is required by state law.
Distemper, bortadella, parvo, and Lyme disease vaccines are recommended (consult your veterinarian).
|$50 - 175|
(younger than 4 months)
|Puppies are very prone to infections as they lose the immunity they received from their mothers.||$175 - 250|
|Office visits||Accidents, infections, general health problems, plus annual visit||$100 - 225|
|Medication and treatment||Labs4rescue requires all adopters to provide monthly Heartworm preventative.||$40 - 1,500|
|Minimum Annual Cost||$1,025|
|As you can see, there is a wide range of costs. Puppies will require a greater investment of time and money than mature dogs. Of course, there will be additional costs if your Lab becomes ill. Most veterinarians' offices have information about pet health insurance, which can greatly reduce your costs if your Lab has health problems. Some Pet Health Insurance Companies include: VPI Pet Insurance, ShelterCare Pet Insurance, and 24PetWatch Pet Insurance.|
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