Upkeep of a Shih Tzu?

My partner and I will be adopting a Shih Tzu puppy next month.
He works at a dog grooming facility, so grooming is not an issue.

The puppy is 13 weeks of age, and is estimated to grow to a maximum of 10-12lbs.
I just wanted to know how much we can expect to pay for her yearly…
excluding the price of food, grooming, and toys (taken care of).
Realistically, how often should a puppy visit the vet for a checkup (not injuries or emergencies)?
Are there expensive shots after 13 weeks of age that a puppy needs?

Please let us know.
Knowledge is key. :)
We are not excluding the cost for emergencies/injuries altogether…
The situation is that we have already accounted for that, and understand that cost.
Unfortunately we just don’t know what the prices for everyday vet checkups are.

We paid about $35 each time for shots, but probably $50 for a kennel cough shot (which you need to board your dog, or for some training places, and for some grooming places esp. if your dog is groomed a lot and it is a busy place). They will go about once every four weeks and then only once a year after 6 months.

In addition, you should consider the price of spay or neuter which I would say will be about $300, but you can get less expensive ones through animal shelters sometimes.

Additionally, although you said that you don’t want to account for injuries or emergencies it is REALLY important to consider them!! They are what will cost you the most money. Your dog might be puking one day or just acting weird- you shouldn’t have to not go to the vet just because you didn’t save any money up for emergencies. We probably went to the vet 3 times for puking/diarrhea in the first year. It was free once, $250 another time, and $75 another time. It just depends what is wrong. If something more serious was wrong (dog had a serious illness like Lyme’s Disease, EPI, Hip Dsyplasia) then it would cost *much, much more*.

3 Responses to “Upkeep of a Shih Tzu?”

  1. Suzanna says:

    After the puppy vaccines, you only have annual boosters. No need for any other check ups unless you are worried about his development or to have him neutered. But your pup will need worming every 3 months until he is a year old. You will also need to have a flea prevention programme.
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  2. spidermilk666 says:

    We paid about $35 each time for shots, but probably $50 for a kennel cough shot (which you need to board your dog, or for some training places, and for some grooming places esp. if your dog is groomed a lot and it is a busy place). They will go about once every four weeks and then only once a year after 6 months.

    In addition, you should consider the price of spay or neuter which I would say will be about $300, but you can get less expensive ones through animal shelters sometimes.

    Additionally, although you said that you don’t want to account for injuries or emergencies it is REALLY important to consider them!! They are what will cost you the most money. Your dog might be puking one day or just acting weird- you shouldn’t have to not go to the vet just because you didn’t save any money up for emergencies. We probably went to the vet 3 times for puking/diarrhea in the first year. It was free once, $250 another time, and $75 another time. It just depends what is wrong. If something more serious was wrong (dog had a serious illness like Lyme’s Disease, EPI, Hip Dsyplasia) then it would cost *much, much more*.
    References :

  3. ltoya201988 says:

    Well after the puppy boosters are all given dogs generally visit the vet once a year or depending on how long the shot lasts. Your dog will ABSOULTLEY need the distemper and rabies shot. Distemper and rabies are both deadly if the dog contracts it. Both vaccinations can last anywhere from 1-3 years. It all depends on what’s given at its vet visit. As far as prices that’s something you’re going to have to research now. I take my boys to my local Petco where they get their vaccinations from the mobile vet company called Luv My Pet. I end up spending about 110 dollars for shots for both of them. They get the 3 in 1 which is the Rabies, Distemper, and Bordatella(you’ll only need the bordatella if you plan on boarding your puppy, if not then you won’t need to worry about this shot). Bordatella is the human equivalent of the Flu shot. Hope I’ve helped.
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