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Ways to Lower Your Dog Care Expenses

Dog Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

Like our children, we give our dogs our hearts, our time, and… our money. Lots of money (this year US pet owners will spend $40 billion dollars on their pets).

However in today’s economic environment people are looking for ways to lower their expenses including in their dog related expenses. To help in this process we decided to out together a few simple suggestions on how to save money on dog care costs.

Here are 3 simply suggestions:

1. Your pet truly does not care about the brand or cuteness of his toys. Be creative. For dogs, visit garage sales and purchase kids’ stuffed animals, cut off loose pieces, such as plastic eyes, and give Fido a much less expensive furry toy. (Consider your pet’s specific needs, as some pets, especially tough chewers, do best with specially made pet toys.)

2. Take a grooming class, or read a how-to book about grooming to save costs on maintaining your long haired pets.

3. Shop for pet supplies through wholesale catalogues, such as PetEdge. This will save you the middle-man mark up of pet stores.

There are also some areas where you should not go “cheap” (because it will cost you more in the long run).

Do NOT go “cheap” on health care. Proper, quality health care is essential to the well-being of your dog. Find a reputable veterinarian, take his or her advice, and practice preventative care, and you will safely save money in the long term on dog health care. For example, it is much less expensive to prevent fleas than to treat a flea infestation.

Consider pet insurance. For a small, worthwhile, monthly fee, health insurance for your dog can cover the cost of preventative medicine and the treatment of illness and injury. Pet insurance can be a great way to protect yourself against large unexpected medical expenses. 

To learn about how pet insurance can save you money and give you financial peace of mind go to: petinsurance.com.

Food is another category where it does not pay to go “cheap”. Generic or low-quality foods often do not provide the nutrients your pet needs, which may lead to future expensive health problems. Your dog can eat a smaller amount of a high quality food than a lower quality food, again reducing cost.

Finally, if you are looking to get a new dog, first consider adopting a dog from the shelter. Rescued dogs are significantly less expensive than a dog from a breeder. Shelter animals are typically spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and licensed before adoption, reducing some initial pet costs. Another option is to adopt from a breed rescue group. You can get the purebred dog at little cost.

I hope these ideas are helpful.  If you have uncovered others ways to save money on pet related expenses please send the to me so I can share them with all the Petplace subscribers.  You can e-mail me at editors@petplace.com.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon


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May 13, 2008 - Posted by | K9 Health

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