Handy tips that can save you money on pet care expenses
June 27, 2012
Making a trip to a local New York animal shelter to adopt a dog or cat is a major commitment in time and money. To ensure that your furry friend receives the best care and can live a good long life, regular veterinary visits, wellness products, flea and tick preventatives and other pet items can add up in a hurry. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that pet parents can ease the cost of owning a dog or cat while still offering superb quality of life. Here are a few tips to keep in mind that can make a real difference.
1. Take advantage of free health clinics. During the spring and summer, you should keep an eye on your local paper for news about free vaccination clinics in your area. According to Petside.com, pet product supply stores and community groups hold these exhibitions and can give pet parents a chance to vaccinate their dog or cat against a range of ailments like rabies, distemper, influenza, parvovirus and many more.
2. Low-cost pet furniture. Bedding and other products that are meant to improve animal wellness can cost a pretty penny at large retailers. Consider purchasing some of these products from the supplier or distributor to beat the middleman, or try making a few pet furnishings yourself. For instance, you can build a cat tree or scratching post quite easily with carpet and other materials or make a cozy doggy bed from old cushions and linens. You may surprise yourself with what you can come up with!
3. Improved quality pet food. While it may seem counterintuitive to go for the pricey food, opting for products that can improve your pet's overall nutrition could save you hundreds in veterinary bills down the road, reports ABCNews.com. Look for products that are made with mainly natural ingredients and fortified with vitamins and minerals that can support a wide range of physiological functions. What's in your pet's food bowl counts, so if you're going to put your money into one major area of your pet budget, it should be the food.
Caring for a dog or cat can be a significant expense, but dipping into your creative side and putting your money into the right places can help you keep costs low for the long-term.