As a nation of animal-lovers, we spent over 7billion on our pets last year. This figure may seem excessive to some, but to others, there is nothing that they wouldn’t do for their beloved furry family members. However, pet bills can easily spiral out of control, particularly when vet expenses become an issue. Here we look at some ways to keep on top of this debt, whilst still providing our fluffy friends with the love and care that they deserve.
Prevention is better than cure
If you can look after your pet well enough that the vet is only needed for an annual check-up, you will save yourself a fortune in the long run. A lot of health issues that vets have to deal with are caused by poor nutrition. Choose a good quality animal feed, and know that while it may not be the cheapest option, in the long run it will save you a bundle. Also, be sure to portion appropriately, so the food lasts longer, and your pet doesn’t suffer from any obesity-related issues. Make the most of coupons and in-store deals on your chosen food.
Purchasing pet insurance also helps with unexpected vet bills if they do occur. This can sometimes seem like an unnecessary expense, but it is one that really comes in helpful at times of crisis.
Get handy with a brush
Pet groomers’ fees can add up, and even if your beloved poodle is only booked in for a quick trim once a month, this is all money that could be used elsewhere. Try to do some of the work yourself – most dogs adore the attention, and the money you save will add up. Purchase a pair of grooming scissors and other grooming tools from PetCareRx (www.petcarerx.com) or any other pet store near you. Once you get them, you can carefully trim the fur around the face on a regular basis. You may still have to visit the dog parlour once in a while, but it will certainly cut down the amount of money you spend there.
Sign up for Pet Packages
Many vets now charge a monthly fee to be part of a scheme that includes boosters, flea and worm treatments and other benefits. The savings you receive make these packages very worthwhile, and you might not even notice the monthly payments leaving your account. Ask your vet if they do any similar plans, and consider other practises if they don’t.
Keep an eye out for bargains
Established pet shops stock a wide range of expensive, irresistible pet toys, but many of these can be found cheaper elsewhere. Scour discount shops for gifts for your four-legged friend, as well as other essential items such as litter trays, leads, bowls and pet beds. Your pet will be none the wiser, and you will have a little more money in your wallet at the end of the day.
Pets don’t need a lot on a day-to-day basis, other than a lot of love and a sensible amount of food. These handy tips should help you to keep your animal-care costs to a minimum so you spend less time worrying about money, and more time playing with your fur-baby.
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