Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pet Money Saving Tips

If you own pets or considering adding a new member to your family, you either know or are going to discover that pets can get expensive. Most people who have made the decision to add a pet to your family will do whatever it takes to keep your pet happy and healthy. Even though you will likely do whatever you can .for your pet, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make your pet happy.

Here are some tips to help you save money while keeping your loyal companion happy and healthy.

Money saving tips when choosing your pet
If you are in the process of deciding what pet to bring into your home, consider your budget seriously. You will want to be able to take care of that pet the best way you can, especially if something serious were to happen.

Seriously consider visiting a shelter. Not only will you be saving money, but you will be saving an animal’s life.

Choose a mixed breed as opposed to a pure bred. Pure bred tend to be more expensive.

Money saving tips after bringing home your pet
Shop around for a veterinarian. Make sure to ask questions on the prices of shots and other normal procedures. One veterinarian may cost up to 40% more than another for the exact same shot simply because they have a nicer facility. The most important thing is the facility is clean and that the vet has a great “pet side manner”.

Get the immunizations on time. This will help prevent your pet from getting sick, costing you even more money.

Pet proof your home to help prevent ingestion of foreign objects, preventing a trip to the emergency pet office.

Sign up for free promotions offered at the pet stores. They will usually send you money-saving coupons for products you will need for your pet, such as pet food, pet clothes, pet stroller, or even on pet beds. You can even purchase these items at garage sales which can be almost 60% cheaper or more.

Purchase pet food in bulk to save money. The highest priced food does not always mean it is the best food. Ask your vet or pet store owners for advice. Compare ingredients from brand and generic dog foods.

When giving your pet a bath, purchase a hair strainer to prevent more costs from clogged drains.
Consider installing a pet door. This will help to reduce your heating and cooling costs from not having to open the door so many times throughout the day.

Pet insurance may not be the answer. It can be very expensive and may not cover the vet expenses you actually need. Instead, start a savings account set aside specifically for your pet and other household emergencies. Your money may be better spent in your own savings account.

Your pet is a loyal companion that you want to be able to protect. Makes sure you have what you need to take care of your pet by making wise financial decisions. Your pet deserves only the very best – even if it means its pet bed comes from a garage sale so that you have the money to get his/her shots!


Sue (aka Soo) said...

This is a great post! Juicy with good tips. I especially agree that folks should try to adopt rather than buy a pet from a shop. Pet shops are the main distributors of puppy mill puppies, as well as kittens. Such breeding factories are vile, inhumane places that produce diseased puppies for the quick buck. Two paws up on the post!

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Anonymous said...

good blog tells about money saving. these types of tips really helpful for new person who bringing pet at home?