Pet ownership doesn't have to break the bank. While you shouldn't skimp
on veterinary care for your furry family member, you can cut costs in other
areas. Here are five ways you can love your bundle of joy without having to
stress over the price of ownership.
Visit the Human Pharmacy
If your pet ever needs a prescription, have it filled at your local
supermarket. Many big box grocery stores will dispense doggie antibiotics, pain
killers, and anti-inflammatories for free. You could save hundreds of dollars
with this tip, especially if your pooch has a chronic health condition.
The Doggiesitters Club
Don't get stuck paying $25 a day for dog boarding or sitting services.
Instead, form your own community group. Partner up with your neighbors,
coworkers, or relatives who love dogs as much as you do. When they go out of
town, invite their pets over for an extended stay. Your pup will love the new
company, and you'll love getting your favor returned for your next out-of-town
Comparison Shop for the Best Food
You want to feed your dog healthy food, whether that means following a
vet-prescribed diet or searching for grain-free options. You also want to save
money. Since dog food can be your biggest expense as a pet owner, make sure
you're getting the best bang for your buck. Check online stores and warehouse
clubs like Costco for the best prices. You'd be amazed by how quickly you can
cut costs by switching to a generic brand that offers the same formulation as
the higher-priced, brand name options.
Trim Your Dog's Nails
It's easy to drop your pooch at the groomer and spend $10 or $15 on a
nail trim. If you're doing that every month, you're spending at least $100 a
year on something you could easily do at home. Buy a $20 nail clipper and get
to work. Cutting nails is an opportunity for bonding. If you use treats or a
clicker, you can train Fido to look forward to puppy pampering. Saving money
and spending quality time with your pup is a win-win.
Doggie Dental Care
Preventive health care is just as important for dogs as it is for
humans. You don't have to brush your dog's teeth every day, but you should give
them a good scrub at least twice a week. This will save you from spending
hundreds on an emergency tooth extraction later on, and it will save your furry
family member from the agony of dental pain. You can purchase a doggie
toothbrush and toothpaste for under $15.
You may not want to follow every piece of advice on this list. That's
okay. You can still save money and love your dog with just a few of these
options. Keep in mind that a dog's needs are simple. Your dog wants nothing
more than your love and attention, and those are free.