The article that I referenced above that I wrote is now found here http://glengate.webs.com/costofalitter.htm
It's still fairly up to date *for Canada* and for this particular area. The part where it is really wrong for other locales is heart testing. We are so lucky to have inexpensive cardiac testing here through the Doberman heart study at the Ontario Veterinary College (if they get back on track after Dr. O'Sullivan's maternity leave). People in other areas are paying upwards of $500 and more for echocardiograms.
I also think that cropping is far more expensive in certain areas than here.