In the market for a new pooch (or other furry friend) but concerned about the cost? The benefits of pet ownership may far outweigh the expense. According to WebMD, research has shown that living with pets helps lower blood pressure, lessens anxiety and boosts immunity.
That said, it is true that pets cost money. Here are some tips for saving while ensuring that you and Fido have a good life together.
Adopt. Skip expensive breeders and check shelters like the Humane Society. You’ll get a pet that has been vaccinated and spayed or neutered, saving you anywhere from $150 to $300. Find a local shelter at Animalshelter.org.
Don’t skimp on food. Cheaper brands might include harmful preservatives and fillers that can cause allergies. The first two ingredients on the label should be animal proteins, not byproducts, grains or vegetables. You may pay a little more for premium brands, but save a bundle on vet bills.
Cut grooming costs. If your puppy needs primping, book grooming appointments midweek when it’s typically slower and sometimes cheaper. If you want to do it yourself, check for grooming stations in your area. You’ll pay a fraction of the cost, but leave the mess at the shop. The cheapest alternative? Buy some clippers, find a video on YouTube and create a grooming “station” at home.
Pay attention to your pet’s behavior. Excessive panting can indicate a heart condition, or increased water consumption could signal kidney disease. The early fix is usually a change in diet. Later, the condition might require hospitalization with much larger bills. Also, stay on top of vaccinations—preventive medicine is always cheaper.
We love our pets so much that we dedicated a board to them on Pinterest! Take a look at our adorable four-legged family members.