Vets Tell Us Which Dog Breeds Will Cost You The Most
Our dogs are like another member of the family, but some breeds have more health problems than others -- and Australian vets have told us which ones are likely to cost the most.
Larger dog breeds and short-nosed dog breeds have incurred the highest medical costs, according to Pawssum vets Dr Tim White and Dr Kris Fennell.
Larger dog breeds include:
- Bernese Mountain Dogs
- Tibetan Mastiffs
Their frequent vet visits are often because their size makes them prone to elbow dysplasia, musculoskeletal issues and higher medicinal costs for the larger weight.
Short-nosed dogs include:
- French bulldogs or “frenchies”
- Bull Mastiffs
Their shorter muzzles and flat faces (brachycephalics) cause them to experience breathing problems and skin issues.
The multiple flaps and wrinkly skin of these short-nosed breeds further require more cleaning to ensure bacteria doesn’t build up and cause infection.
Fennell added dogs within the bulldog breed family are the breed he sees the most.
"They are pricey to purchase to begin with (from a reputable breeder), and the vet bills due to the frequency of their health problems are immense," he told 10 daily.
"This is most commonly due to breathing problems, skin issues and also weight problems due to their tendency to gain weight despite their small legs."
But more generally, the Pawssum vets say the cost of caring for different dog breeds is dependent on the lifestyle of both you and your dog.
Dr Tim White, a Victorian-based vet, said some breeds live longer so may visit the vet more, despite their annual costs being lower.
"These are generally the toy and small breeds," White told 10 daily.
He noted some breeds are also more likely to share our beds with us and as such, medical issues are picked up and treated sooner.
"Living closer to a pet means an owner may identify illness more quickly, so the animal receives better care, but also costs a bit more," White said.
Larger dogs will cost more when it comes to food and medication, because of their size and weight.
"Every breed has its own health issues so choose your breed depending on your lifestyle," White added.
"Prevention is key and always better than cure."
While advancements in veterinary science have meant treatments for illnesses such as diabetes, spinal disease, and cancer have become better to treat, they are also the most expensive.
"There is a great range of diagnostics and treatment available to pets similar to humans including things like CT scans, MRIs etc," White said.
"But it is really up to the owner on whether they utilise these facilities which will affect the spending costs on the pet."
White noted any breed can potentially incur large costs as health can be extremely unexpected, and recommended pet insurance for owners to cover against risks.