a shame furry friends canít pay for themselves. Though
wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet
ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup wonít stop
those bills from rolling in at the end of the month.
Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog owners to
cut down on costs.
on for discounts. Sites like Groupon feature daily deals
for new toys, treats, day care, dog walkers and even
grooming services for the pampered pup. Sites like
doggyloot.com or coupaw.com also offer online deals and
printable coupons. They feature treats and toys as well
as products like brushes and first aid kits.
duds for the sporty or posh pup also are available on
sites like dealwagger.com or dog.com. Following a
companyís social media account, website, membership
club or email list will bring deals even closer. Need a
good deal in a hurry? Try a thrift shop, or ask your vet
if he or she knows of any local deals.
it yourself. As the sun gets brighter and days get
hotter, dogs can burn through a lot of energy and bags
of food. But with each bowlful of chow comes an
ever-increasing price tag. Combat those costs by
spending a bit of time in the kitchen. Some owners make
their own dog food, including dishes ranging from diced
liver to peanut butter biscuits. There are all sorts of
free recipes online and books in stores. Home-cooked
meals can also make for a happy, healthy and
longer-living pet. Just ask Your Pet Chef founder and
cookbook author Lisa Hennessy. "It really is so
much better for people to make their own dog food for a
better diet," Hennessy said. "You save so much
more money in the long run."
With the need to explore, itís impossible to keep your
family friend safe from harm or unforeseen accidents.
Getting the care your injured dog needs could mean bills
reaching thousands of dollars.
there are ways to prepare for or even prevent the worst
from happening without breaking the bank. However, this
requires not only the dog, but the owner, to follow the
best way to avoid trauma is to be consistent and
vigilant, following through with instructions from
trainers or veterinarians. A well-behaved and trained
dog is great for a number of reasons. Itís less likely
to get in fights or destroy that favorite couch. A
leash-trained dog is even better when paired with an
observant owner. Electric fences also can be effective
but can be a lot of work.
No doubt, health care is the most expensive part of
owning any pet, especially dogs. But, Dr. Louise Murray,
vice president of New Yorkís ASPCA Animal Hospital,
said getting that shot before your dog gets sick is
worth it in the long run.
truth is the best way to save is to be really good about
preventive care," Murray said.
preventive vaccines or medications help your dog avoid
serious illnesses that could cost thousands of dollars
to treat. The same is true for spaying and neutering
your dog. Taking preventive action is also a good
practice for doggy dental care. Ask your vet for the
best way to brush your dogís teeth. Doing it
effectively once a day or even three times a week can
stop bad mouth diseases like gingivitis or worse health
effects like kidney damage.
need to take care of themselves too, as dogs and other
animals can be affected by bad habits, like smoking.
emergencies and illnesses are inevitable. Companies like
CareCredit offer credit to cover clinic expenses. To
avoid those vet bills all together, pet insurance is an
option. Some plans help cut the cost of big surgeries,
treatment plans or even common medications.