When it comes to taking care of furry family members, it can get fairly expensive. From specialty foods to frequent vet visits, you might be looking at less costly ways to take care of your pets. Fortunately, you can give your pets the care they need without breaking the bank. Here are six ways to save money on pet care this year.
1.Visit the Vet Regularly
Visiting your veterinarian can be expensive, but your pets need regular maintenance to prevent major health crises down the road. Ask your vet if they offer a savings plan or can work with you on payments. Regular screenings can help protect your furry friends and save you hundreds on costly treatments.
2. Invest in Better Food
You might try to save money by buying cheap food, but what you feed your pet is just as important as what you feed yourself. Over time, poorer quality food may result in poor health that can lead to expensive medical treatments. Invest in natural or high-quality food and feed your pets appropriately to encourage good health.
3. Skip the Brand Names
As you shop for dog beds and cat toys , make sure that you aren’t drawn into the trap of thinking that a more expensive brand name will be better, or even necessary. You can find quite a few options for your pet in less expensive choices.
4. Check Your Local Paper
Your local paper can be a great place to look for deals on pet vaccinations and special low-cost, pet-friendly events to help your pets get more activity. You may also find coupons on your pets’ food and other supplies to reduce expenses.
5. Travel Wisely
If you plan on traveling this year, try to plan the trip when you know you’ll have an available sitter for your pets. Boarding fees can be expensive, and traveling with your pets can be outrageous. Save money by asking a friend or family member to take care of your pets instead.
6. Consider DIY Beauty Care
Thanks to an abundance of videos online, learning to provide beauty care for your pets is relatively simple. Buy your own supplies and give your own baths, hair trims, nail clippings and other beauty care to save money on costly vet visits.
Keeping a pet doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Check out deals offered by your local animal shelter for even more ways to save on pet maintenance. From DIY beauty care to investing in better food, you can give your pets the love and attention they deserve without spending a fortune.
This is a guest post written by Marlena Stoddard. Marlena writes on parenting and fitness. Originally from Senoia, GA, Marlena lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn’t spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys baking, reading, and running. For more on Marlena, you can follow her on Google+.
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