I miss my cat Gus-Gus, he died a couple years ago and I almost feel like I can open my heart again to another kitty cat. Pets can be expensive, so please be sure you are able to handle the financial responsibility before you take a pet into your home. Over the years I had been a fur-mommy to many pets. Here are 10 ways to save on pet care that will help you save for the big emergencies.
10 Ways to Save on Pet Care
Shot clinics. I have a regular vet for when my dog gets sick, but for shots I go to a local low-cost shot clinic. The prices are about 50% off and don’t include the office visit fee. This is also where I got my dog neutered. PLEASE spay and neuter your pets! Here is the ASPCA’s low-cost spay/neuter program search tool.
Flea Medications. I use Sentinel which is a once a month flea and heartworm preventative. I get this from my vet. It is better and cheaper to buy a 6 or 12 month supply rather than once month at a time.
Bath Time. If your dog does not need to be groomed, do bath time yourself. Find a good quality dog shampoo, I get mine from my vet and get out the hose and have some fun.
Buy Dog Beds, Cat Beds, and Cat Condos around Christmas time and right after Christmas. I was able to snag a Kong XL bed from Petsmart for 60% off right after Christmas.
Use Real Food for Dog Treats. Dogs are allowed to have and love carrots, apples, rice and pumpkin. A bag of carrot sticks cost 99¢ at Save-A-Lot compared to expensive treats. If you do buy treats, use coupons and get them on sale. Please make sure they are made in the USA and not China.
Skip Buying the Cute Clothes. If you absolutely must dress FiFi, there are some awesome tutorials on Pinterest for making your own pet clothes from your old clothes.
Try Home Remedies First (if you can). I love Google. Twice I have figured out what was wrong with my pets and not needed a costly vet visit. The first time was concerning my cat. He started peeing outside of his littler box and it had some blood in it. I looked it up online and thought maybe he had a bladder or kidney infection. I gave him wet food with some apple cider vinegar added and his problem cleared up in a few days. The second instance was with my dog, he was having severe diarrhea. Discovered it was stress related and fed him some rice. Problem solved. Now, please don’t take that as not going to a vet at all. I still visit the vet, if a home remedy doesn’t work or if I don’t feel comfy dealing with it on my own. ***Disclaimer, I am not a vet. This point is not intended as veterinary counsel.***
Coupon. Good, quality pet food companies don’t have coupons in the Sunday paper, but they do have them on their website. You could also email or snail mail a company to see if you could be sent some coupons.
Use Craigslist/ Offer Up. I got my cat’s cat condo off of Craigslist for free. I often see dog houses, cat condos, and other items that would cost a lot of money even on sale elsewhere.
Keep Your Pets Healthy. Unhealthy pets cost more. Make sure your pets don’t over eat, get enough exercise, and mental activity.