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The Cost of a Furry Friend

By Mika Amador, Brighterlife.com.ph

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DragonI used to be afraid of dogs. But after a few too many akyat-bahay incidents, I knew we needed to get a fierce canine guard. Plus, I’ve seen how happy pet owners are with their furry companions, as if they found a new best friend.

And so after months of careful consideration, I got myself a dog – a mix of German Shepherd and Chow Chow – and named him Dragon. It was everything I’ve imagined it to be, cuteness and all, except for the expenses. As a steward of another living thing, you have to be responsible and spend for food, occasional trips to the vet, accessories, supplies, and pet training (if necessary).

Here’s a quick breakdown of my Dragon-related incidentals:

First check-up with the veterinarian: P2,000

Anti-galis soap: P150

Vaccination shots: P1,500

Puppy food: P1,000 (per month)

Collar, leash, and other accessories: P2,000

My slippers he chewed and ate: P300

Add to this the time you need to devote in making sure that your dog is healthy and well-behaved. Some breeds, like Dragon’s, are active types who require regular exercise to spend their excess energy, else they get bored and eat your whole house. Letting them mingle with other animals and humans is key to teach them proper behavior.

If you’re planning to get a pet, it might be wise to consider the following: how much are you willing to spend for a pet? Do you have the resources to properly train and spend time with it? Is your family ready to take on the responsibility of caring for another member?

Do share tips in caring and (wisely) spending for your beloved pet. Share them in the comments below!

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Thom Hu-Rosario on

Put treats inside empty plastic bottles (w/ the label & cap removed) for a cheap & inexpensive food dispensing toy.
U can also stuff an empty plastic bottle in an old sock as a makeshift chewtoy.

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