Tips for Cutting Costs for Our Beloved Pets
26 February, 2014
We love our pets and would do anything for them; however, sometimes our little fur kids can get expensive! Of course, we don’t have to put our pets through school or college (like real kids), but the bills, supplies and unforseen expenses can add up.
Below are some tips for keeping down the costs for our furry friends:
Give your dog or cat a regular home check up
Weekly home checkups are a great way to check for potential health problems. Check under your pet’s fur for lumps, bumps, flakes or scabs. Check your pet’s ears and eyes for signs of redness or discharge. Make note of any changes in her eating or drinking habits. If something seems off, call your vet right away.
Learn how to clean your pet’s ears, especially if your dog is prone to ear infections. Your vet can recommend a good, safe cleaner for your pet.
Brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a toothpaste formulated for pets, and check his gums. Dental visits can become costly, so if you can brush your pets’ teeth, it can help with unforseen dental issues.
Keep up with your regular vet visits
Veterinary exams can catch potential health crises early on and can save you a lot of time and money. Some of the unforseen treatmens can includes heartworm treatment, flea and tick control, and a thorough check-up of your pet’s gums, teeth, heart, lungs and internal organs. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make an appointment soon!
Before subjecting your cat or dog to the general vaccinations, ask your veterinarian which vaccines he or she recommends. For instance, an indoor cat might not need the same vaccinations as an outdoor dog. If you have a good vet, they will be up front about the necessary vaccinations and/or shots.
Spay/Neuter Your Pets
Spaying and neutering your pet will have a dramatic impact on your pet’s health. Spaying and/or neutering can dramatically reduce the potential for breast and ovarian cancer in cats and uterine cancer can almost disappear in most male dogs. It also helps potential behavioral issues in both cats and dogs.
Unforseen accidents or medical conditions can be costly. Pet insurance is one way to take some sting out of the bill. The cost of a typical pet insurance policy runs about $250-$400 per year and many cover both regular and emergency visits. Get a free quote from a reliable insurance carrier and compare the different plans and options.
Buy premium-quality food
If you spend a little more money on a good, healthy dog or cat food, that can help your pet’s overall health. A high quality pet food has less digestible filler material and artificial colors that offer no nutrients and can contribute to allergies and digestive problems. A high-quality, age-appropriate food results in a healthy, slimmer pet!
Choosing a veterinarian
When looking for a reliable, cost-effective veterinarian’s office, check out a few before you settle on one. Ask for recommendations from pet owners you know. Most vets’ offices also offer multi-pet or senior pet discounts. Compare fees and be sure to find out what is covered during a routine visit in each office. Of course, your vet’s fees will depend on where you live, but you can check out a few in your area to get an idea of the costs.
Buy supplies online or in large supply. Keep in mind that it’s wise to get product recommendations from your vet first. Online or store-bought products that you know nothing about could prove to be harmful or of poor quality. You can also get creative and make some home designed toys for your pets. Cats love boxes and grocery bags, while your dog might just love a bone from your butcher.
If you plan ahead and get creative, you can reduce the costs of our furry family members.
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