Having a pet in your home is a very rewarding experience, but it can be expensive. There are ways, however, that you can decrease the amount of money you spend on your furbaby. Here are 10 ideas:
1. Choose a healthy food. A high-quality food will help keep your pet healthy and, if fed in the right amount, at an appropriate weight. Staying healthy will cut down on veterinary visits and medicine. Pets that are overweight or obese are at higher risk for heart disease and arthritis, both of which can be costly to treat.
2. Stick to an exercise routine. Dogs benefit from daily walks. Daily play sessions for both dogs and cats help strengthen your bond with your pet and help cut down on future veterinary costs.
3. Commit to monthly flea and tick control and heartworm prevention. Avoiding flea and tick infestation is easier and less expensive than treating one; the same is true for heartworm which can be fatal. Talk with your vet about which preventative is most appropriate for your pet and then treat your pet as directed.
4. Promote healthy joints. Arthritis pain affects many older pets, so doing something to promote joint health and strength while they’re young may help decrease pain medication and vet visits later in life. Talk to your vet about whether a joint supplement is appropriate for your pet.
5. Don’t skip annual wellness visits. It may be tempting to save a little money by skipping an annual wellness exam but most of the time health problems are easier and less expensive to treat if they are caught early on. Saving a little money now could cost you more later and could affect the longevity of your beloved pet.
6. Shop around for pet medications. There are now several online sources for medication for your pets. Do some comparison shopping to help cut down on costs.
7. Ask about generic medications. Just like for humans, sometimes pet medications have generic equivalents. Discuss with your vet whether a generic medication would be appropriate.
8. Keep up with vaccinations. Vaccinations protect pets from serious illnesses that can mean huge vet bills and risk to your pet’s life. Protect your pet by following your vet’s advice on which vaccinations to give and keep on schedule with them.
9. Groom your pet at home. If possible, grooming your pet at home can save a lot of money. If you need to take your pet to a groomer, try to stretch out time between appointments by bathing your pet at home and trimming their claws yourself.
10. Buy in bulk. If possible, buy food and preventatives like flea and tick control in larger quantities as it is generally less expensive. Often there are deals that if you buy 12 months worth of flea and tick control or heartworm prevention you get them at a reduced price.
These are just some ideas to save money. The added benefit of putting these ideas into practice is that your pet will likely live a longer, happier, healthier life.
*This is a summary of an article that can be found HERE.