For all you dog owners out there we know that many of you would do whatever you had to do in order to keep your pet healthy and safe. But sometimes in order to accomplish these goals of health and safety you have to fork over a large amount of money. Sometimes not all of us can afford to keep our pets even though we’d give anything to do so simply because of money issues. Before you get a pet, or even during your pet’s lifetime you might want to follow these 10 ways to save money on pet expenses….
1. Adopt a Pet – Pets from animal shelters cost way less than purebred animals. They are also in more “need” than many pets that come from breeders. Often times pets in shelters came from broken homes, were rescued, and need families more so than purebreds which are well taken care of by breeders right off the bat. We’re not saying either is better but when it comes to saving money, a shelter is the way to go.
2. Do your research ahead of time – If you want a purebred or specific animal breed research your dog prior to buying him. You need to know of any possible health conditions that may arise before you make your purchase. There could be many expenses you don’t account for that are unwanted or unnecessary. Grooming too can be a big expense so do your research on your dog’s coat.
3. Spay or neuter for less – you can do this at a local shelter or human society rather than privately. Often times these places and programs are open to low income families and many cases all types of income families.
4. Research your vet – Obviously we all want the best possible vet for our pets but you should research at least 3 or 4 before deciding on one. Find out what it costs for things like rabies shots, and other vaccinations. Will you even see your veterinarian every time you go or just a nurse? Ask for recommendations. Be prepared.
5. Look for discounts – Sometimes vets offer discounts to people with 3 or more pets. We’re not saying to rush for more animals but if you happen to have a few you might do your research.
6. Research shots and vaccinations – Contact your city’s or county’s animal control office and ask about free or low-cost rabies shots and other vaccines. You also can ask your vet about the feasibility of giving your pet booster shots every three years instead of once a year.
7. Don’t always say yes because your vet says so – If we’re talking extremely expensive procedures don’t always say yes to your vet. Get a second opinion. Your vet might recommend premium foods that aren’t necessary.
8. Find pet-sitting alternatives – Boarding a pet can be extremely costly as can hiring a pet sitter. Do you have any neighbors or relatives with pets? Trade your service for theirs. When they go away offer to help and hopefully vice versa.
9. Diet and Exercise are Key – A healthy pet is a less expensive pet. Be sure they are fed and exercise on a regular basis. Be sure they are going to the vet on scheduled appointments and watch what they are eating. Check food labels and make sure your pet is in the best shape possible.
10. Pet Insurance – Do you even need it? More and more people are buying pet policies, which can cost $500 or more per year. If you’re convinced you need such coverage because of your pet’s breed or health history, try opting for a catastrophic policy only so you don’t pay too much