Dogs are exactly like any other family member and they need all the love and attention to live a long, happy, and fulfilling life. Unfortunately, owning a pet comes with many additional costs which can become overwhelming, especially if the breed requires special care and grooming.
For those of you who are looking to save on pets without compromising your pawed friend’s comfortable lifestyle, here are some useful tips to take into account.
Buy food in bulk
Apart from regular visits to the vet, food is probably the biggest expense you are covering for your pooch. Owning a big or medium-sized breed like a Lab or a Shepherd will probably cost you quite a lot per month in food, depending on the pet’s dietary preferences.
The easiest way to save money when shopping for food is to buy in bulk. Look for brands that sell their packages in bags of 24 or 48 pounds. That will be enough to keep your pet satisfied for a couple of weeks or more. ake sure you store it in a cool and dry space, away from direct sunlight, dust, and pests. That will keep it fresh much longer.
Opt for sealable packages that won’t allow air to get in contact with the food. Air can alter its taste or texture. Smaller packages are great for treats only.
Kibbles are more convenient but you don’t want your pet’s diet to depend on them 100%. Although they might be enriched with all necessary vitamins, nutrients, and proteins, your dog also requires at least 20% moist food, and what better way to provide it if not by cooking your own delicious recipes?
If you already spend time in the kitchen cooking for your family, why not make an extra delicious portion for your pooch? Keep the ingredients as clean as possible and be aware of any potential allergies. Don’t forget that your pet’s food shouldn’t be seasoned or contain any empty calories.
A juicy steak and some boiled or steamed veggies are a healthy and clean choice for the entire family, including your dog.
Another great way to save on pets is by making your own toys. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on toys, especially if your goofy four-legged dog is a chewer. Stick to whatever you can find around the house or make toys out of old clothes. Your pet won’t know the difference and will be more than pleased to chew on them.
Even an old pair of leather shoes seem like an appealing choice that won’t cost you anything. Your pooch will be more than happy to chew on it. The same goes for your kids’ old toys. Just remember to constantly wash them. Also, be aware that they don’t contain any small parts that might pose a choking hazard.
Groom at home
Regular visits to the vet for vaccines are mandatory but some grooming rituals you can perform for free, in the comfort of your own home. Even looking after your pet’s wellbeing with the help of topical flea treatments, like the ones seen on drfoxmag.com, can save you big bucks by avoiding an unnecessary trip to the vet.
Cutting your pet’s nails, bathing, and trimming its fur is expensive. With the right grooming products, you can do them yourself. Take an afternoon off your busy schedule and spend some quality time bonding with your dog. And they will look and smell great afterward!
The easiest way to avoid big vet bills is to keep your pet healthy and active. Especially important if the breed is inclined to weight problems. Make sure you set a strict feeding schedule and only provide your dog with a healthy snack once a day. Always measure the food it receives. Assign one member of the family to feed the pet to avoid overeating.
Lastly, be sure to keep your pet active by taking long walks or jogs daily. And if you can, take them to a dog park to enjoy quality time with its canine friends.
Share with me other ways you have found to save on pets. And be sure to bookmark our Pet Section for more help with your furry friends!