Pets, especially dogs make our life whole. This is why according to American Pet Products Association (APPA), 67% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families own a pet.
According to their annual 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, pet care spending in 2018 was a new all-time high of $72.56 billion which is $3 billion more as compared to 2017. What is even more shocking is that this amount is expected to continue rising due to trends in the recent years.
In modern days, everyone is tied down with mortgages, loans, monthly fixed expenses and is always trying to find ways to save money whenever possible, including money which we spent on our pets. However, do you know that which areas to cut cost on and which areas which cannot be compromised as it will impact your dogs and their health?
Find out what and where to save from our 10 cost saving tips below.
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Tip #1: Adopt instead of Buy
Always think about adopting from shelter, pet sanctuaries and charities instead of purchasing from a pet store or breeder.
You can make a difference by changing the life of a dog in need and at the same time, save money. The cost of buying a dog is typically at least $1,000 due to initial vaccination shots, certification, quarantine fees especially if purchased from overseas.
On the other hand, depending on your location, adoption fee is around $250-$300 and some local shelters may even conduct adoption drives whereby they offers discounted adoption.
Tip #2: Schedule Regular Veterinarian Visits and Vaccination
Prior to scheduling your fur baby’s first visit to the veterinarian, it is crucial to research on the vets near you by comparing on their location, fees, available payment and insurance policies.
Once the right vet is chosen, schedule for regular head-to-toe checkups and ensure that your dog stay current in their vaccinations.
As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Regular checkups and vaccinations help to detect and cure any potential illnesses before they turn major. In the long run, this cost spent will definitely turns out to be a cost saving for you.
Tip #3: DIY Your Toys or Choose Durable Dog Toys
It is always tempting to buy a new toy for your fur baby whenever you do visit a pet store, be it online or physical. However, the fact is that dogs, like humans, are creatures of habits. They will always be inclined to their favorite toys after the fascination of the new toy ends.
Find out your dog’s toy preference and DIY similar toys basis that. Alternatively, always choose durable and quality dog toys rather than aesthetics especially if your dog is a tough chewer.
Another simple cost saving tip is to rotate your dog’s toy weekly to create the impression that there are new toys every week.
Tip #4: Prevent Your Dog From Obesity
Keep your dog healthy and prevent them from obesity is an effective cost saving method as obesity often results in a lot of health problems such as increased risk of heart disease, joint disease, diabetes and etc.
Obese dogs have higher risk of breaking their legs or become paralyzed from a ruptured disc by jumping off a coach which may results in joint replacement surgery or lifetime medication.