These numbers are way off. I spent about $500 on dog supplies before I even brought my dog home from the shelter ~ yes, I may've gone overboard, but dog beds, toys, leashes, food, etc, none of it is cheap. And if you have a pet emergency, requiring a visit to an animal hospital (like I did, just a couple months after bringing my little guy home), you're screwed. $1400 later, he's well but has to be on special (read: expensive) food, to the tune of $125 per MONTH. So yes, I spend $1500 each year just to feed my dog.
How on earth are grooming costs so low??? $73 wouldn't pay for 2 grooming sessions for a dog that needs a haircut. My dog is a basset and doesn't need his hair cut, but I have to pay $25 just to have him bathed (includes ear-cleaning, nails clipped, and **** glands expressed). I take him in every other month for this, and on the off months I bathe him myself. So that is $150 (not including TIP) for grooming, and that doesn't include the price of the shampoo that I have to buy for bathing him at home.
Vet visits: my vet, who I love, charges $35 for an office visit. Just the visit, no medications, tests, or anything else. I'm not sure what exactly they include in "routine vet visits" ~ maybe just an annual visit and vaccines? If you're going to board your dog or take it to doggie daycare, you'll need vaccinations every 6 months (cost me $40 last time). But you would not believe the things that happen to dogs... I've gone through eye infections, GI issues, hot spots, and a cyst that burst and required about a dozen sutures, just to hit the high points.
If you need to board your animal for more than 5 days, it will cost you more than what they say. The cheapest I found was $45/night, but that place closed down. Now the cheapest I found is $50/night. Fortunately, I haven't had to board my dog in some time.
What are considered "travel expenses"? Is that just the cost of the crate to put your animal in? If so, I can see $78 for a dog...
Vitamins... Not sure about this categorie. I've never given any animal vitamins. I don't even take 'em myself. I guess I'm saving a few bucks there.
Bottom line: This article is crap.