Tips on How You Can Save Money on Your Pet
Every pet owner knows that being the pet parent to a dog or cat is expensive. The cost of veterinary care is on the rise as are food prices. But there are several money-saving tips that will make caring for your pet a little easier.
Create a Budget
Keeping track of how much you spend on your cat or dog on a monthly basis will help you stick to a budget so you do not overspend.
The yearly physical and blood test can help your veterinarian diagnose a condition before it worsens, and therefore is more expensive to treat.
Spay or Neuter
This procedure will surely save you money later on. Pets that are left intact could have more medical problems. Females could develop an infection in their uterus causing emergency surgery to remove the organ.
Do Not Hire a Dog Trainer
Unless it is absolutely necessary, do not hire a dog trainer. Usually owners can take on the task themselves which saves a lot of money. Libraries have books including AKC Star Puppy that you can borrow.
Look through the coupons that come in the mail or with the Sunday paper. Often there are savings on food, bones, and treats. It is also beneficial to receive emails from pet stores such as PetSmart and Petco, as they often contain in-store or website savings. If you purchase food or treats for your pet at your local grocery store, take advantage of double coupon day.
Buy in Bulk
This is especially helpful if you have more than one cat or dog. Warehouse clubs usually offer great deals on large quantities of food and treats.
Buy clumping litter. It is less expensive than litters made from exotic ingredients and works just as well.
Like insurance for humans, plans for pets can save a lot of money. It is important to research the right plan for your pet because some may include things you might not need such as spaying or neutering. Plans and the cost for monthly premiums vary from company to company. But no matter what plan you choose, it can add up to great savings if your pet becomes sick or injured.
Do it Yourself Grooming
Grooming or trimming your pet’s nails at home is a great way to have money left over at the end of the month. However, before you attempt to do it yourself, learn the right technique and proper restraining method from a trained groomer.
Have a Friend or Family Member Pet Sit
If you want to take a vacation, leave your pet with a trusted friend or family member instead of paying for several nights at an expensive doggy daycare. In exchange, you can watch her cat or dog when she goes on a trip or watch her children so she can have a date night with her husband.
A regular collar and leash works just as well as the expensive blinged-out or sports themed leashes and collars, so do not waste your money.
Some of the $15 dog toys on the pet store’s shelves are cute, but they will not stay that way for long. Before you know it, Fido will chew off an ear or the nose. Garage sales are a great way to get dog toys at a very low price. You can also buy children’s stuffed animals that will give your dog hours of enjoyment. Just make sure there are no loose parts.
Don’t have a cat or dog yet? When you are ready to adopt your new best friend, visit your local animal shelter instead of a breeder. Shelter animals are usually spayed or neutered and are fully vaccinated.
Hopefully these tips will help you save lots of money on your canine or feline friend.