The yearly costs of keeping a pet seem to be forever rising. In the past, keeping a pet used to be fairly cheap. All that was needed was a collar, few shots at the vet, food from the grocer’s, and that was it! The pet was bathed when it needed it, and then allowed to do it’s own thing. Nowadays, pets have food and water bowls with their names emblazoned on them in crystals, wear clothes when the weather is cold, and have their own sitters, walkers, and trainers. Many people spend an absolute fortune on their beloved pet, but the truth is you don’t have to spend loads of money. You can take care of your pet on a budget – good care of them too, might I add!
Consider Getting a Mixed Breed Dog
A mixed breed dog can save you a lot of money, as they are usually healthier in general. Purebreed dogs can have inherited health problems. You could also adopt a dog or cat; take a look the costs of a shelter, pound, or rescue agency and compare the costs. A grown up dog/cat can be cheaper as puppies/kittens require extra veterinary care, immunisations, neutering, and obedience training.
Spay and Neuter
Spaying and neutering your pet greatly reduces the risk of hormone related diseases when they get older.
Giving Them Treats
Bake your own treats! There are many websites online with recipes that can help you create healthy, cheap treats.
You shouldn’t skimp on the quality if your pet’s food. A poor diet will create health problems in the long term, so you should buy the best food you can afford, but buy in bulk to make it cheaper.
Check with your vet to see how often you’ll need to give your pet a vaccination. Ask for referrals from friends so you get the best vet for the best money.
Insurance could be worthwhile and save you a lot of money if your pet is at risk of getting a condition that calls for chemotherapy or a kidney transplant.
Ask your vet to show you how to clip your pet’s nails properly so you don’t hurt them or cause injury. Bathe, brush, and trip your dog yourself – invest in professional tools, and then watch videos online on how to do it. You’ll save yourself a fortune!
Watch videos online and read advice on how to train your pet yourself. As long as you’re consistent you can do it just as well as a pro.
You can easily make your pet toys yourself from items found around the home. Knot up old t-shirts, sellotape treats in a cereal box, give them old milk cartons…use your imagination!
When your vet has determined the kind of treatment your pet needs, shop for the best price. 365 Vet offers medication at good value for money.
There are endless ways you can save money when it comes to your pet, so try our tips and see just how much money you can save!