This is a guest post written by Paige Estigarribia. She is a staff writer for TheDollarStretcher.com, where “living better… for less” is a lifestyle.
Our furry family members are such important parts of our lives. We love our pets! As a pet owner, you want nothing more than to give your cat or dog the best care possible. But sometimes pet care can get expensive too. Are there ways to make pet care an affordable part of your budget? We’re here to tell you, yes!
Here’s 7 ways you may be able to reduce the cost of pet care, without sacrificing the proper care and nutrition they need.
1. Check out the local humane society clinic or local shelters
Often your local humane society or other local shelter may offer low cost pet examinations, vaccinations, as well as a wide range of other pet care services. Give your local facility a call to see what they offer and what they charge.
2. Diet and Exercise
Many pets love getting outdoors and/or playing, so it’s a good idea to make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. Along with exercise, give your pet a balanced, healthy diet. Often you can make healthy dog food for less than you can buy it. Prevention with diet and exercise will help keep your pet happy and healthy.
3. Discuss a payment plan with your vet
If you are trying to manage pet care and payments, it never hurts to ask your vet if they would consider a payment plan. Especially if you are faced with a large, unexpected pet care bill, try explaining the issue to your vet clinic. Once they know your situation, a vet may consider a flexible payment set-up.
4. Pet food coupons and buying in bulk
If you typically collect coupons, stay on the lookout for coupons for your pet’s favorite food. Using this tactic can be a money-saving difference in the check-out line. Another huge money saver is to buy pet food and toys in bulk. When you find bulk deals on food, it might be wise to stock up to save long-term.
5. Seek out a Veterinary School
There are colleges of veterinary medicine situated all over the country, and maybe you are lucky enough to live near one. If you do happen to live near a college of veterinarian medicine, it could be worth a call to see if they offer reduced services or low-cost medications.
6. Make your own Pet Food
If you are so inclined, why not try cooking your own pet food, instead of buying it? Be sure you research safe and healthy pet food recipes, and give home pet food prep a try.
7. Buy long lasting Pet Toys
Instead of buying pet toys that only last an afternoon, try to find sturdier pet toys that last. Durable toys that last longer end up costing less in the long run, because you don’t have to replace them as often. Just be sure that when you’re looking for toys, only buy ones that are safe for pets.
We love our pets, and we want to provide them with the very best care possible. Consider these seven tips if you’re looking for ways to try and reduce your pet care costs.