How much is the dog license?
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan.
1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.
An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50.
If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50.
According to this report, the total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and for a cat it's $1,070.
As you can see, having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year, and well over $500 each additional year.
Depending on the food you buy and sudden medical expenses, the costs could be much higher.
What are Dog Feeding Charts?
|Adult Dog Size (lbs)||Dry Food Feeding Amount (Cups)|
|26 to 50||2 to 2-2/3|
|51 to 75||2-2/3 to 3-1/3|
|76 to 100||3-1/3 to 4-1/4|
|100+||4-1/4 plus 1/4 cup for each 10 lbs of body weight over 100 lbs|
If your dog is drinking excessively (polydipsia) it is possibly because he is losing excess amounts of water for any of a number of reasons.
While a number of diseases result in excess water intake and urine output, the most common of these diseases include kidney failure, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease.
By around eight weeks of age your puppy should be eating solid food.
Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ¾ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ½ cup three times a day.
Dog groomers typically charge extra for additional services such as teeth cleaning, flea treatments and nail clipping.
On average, expect to pay between $30 and $90 for standard grooming, depending on the size of your pet and its amount of fur.
A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e.
15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc.
Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.
Most need about an ounce of fluids per pound of body weight per day, so a 10-pound dog needs a bit over a cup of clean water daily.
Really active or lactating dogs may need more and puppies generally drink more than adult dogs.
If your dog drinks a lot more than that, it may signal a health problem.