|Our family dog, Sam|
We are currently looking in to getting our very own little pet. Thomas has been asking for a dog for ages now and I think that now is the time to start looking. The boys both love my parents dog, Sam, and he dotes on them, following them everywhere and I would love a furry friend for them to grow up with.
Furry friends are a very special and important part of the family, yet caring for them can be a little pricey. With everything they need to optimise their health including food, wellbeing, treatments and vet bills, it all soon adds up.
Therefore I thought I'd come up with a list of useful (and simple) tips for reducing the costs as much as possible without compromising on the health and happiness of your much loved pet.
Consider adopting an animal from a shelter
If you don’t have a pet yet but you and your family are seriously considering getting one, you should definitely think about adopting one from a shelter instead of buying one. Not only will you be transforming the life of an animal in need, but you are also more likely to save money as you won’t have to pay for it and it will have mostly likely had its first injections. Some shelters even spay and neuter their animals too which is another great way to save money.
Get creative and crafty
If you value your skills when it comes to crafts, you could experiment with homemade pet treats for your furry friend. This can not only save you a lot of valuable pennies, but it will also make your pet extremely happy! Some cat owners have even experimented making their own cat litter.
Decide what a good investment is and what isn’t
Whilst you may absolutely love donning your perfect pooch in bling collars and cute jumpers, you’re 100% better off saving your money and investing in good quality food instead of wasting your money on things your pet won’t even notice. Many pet owners think a good way to save money is to buy cheaper food but this isn’t necessarily true – some of the cheaper brands are a lot unhealthier than the slightly more expensive alternatives. Look out for offers and discounts at your local supermarkets.
Take them for regular vet checks
Whilst vet bills can initially be off-putting, don’t avoid taking your pet to the vet even if they seem perfectly healthy, once a year so that the vet can confirm that everything is ok, or can treat minor ailments you may not have noticed before they become a much bigger (and more expensive) problem.
Shop around for good deals
Keep your eyes peeled for great offers and deals on the good quality brands and products that your pet loves so much. There are also a growing number of sites that offer pet products online which can work out cheaper still. Lots of sites even offer postage discounts when you buy multiple items too, which can be useful as buying a large bag of pet food isn’t very fun when it comes to carrying it home!
Consider pet insurance
Especially if you have a dog or a cat, pet insurance can be really useful. Again, it’s a good idea to shop around to find the best deals as you’ll no doubt be bombarded with ‘the best deals’ everywhere you look. Make use of price comparison websites that do all of the hard work for you, or even ask your vet for some advice or recommendations.
Whatever you do, make sure you have time for a pet and the extra love needed to give them a good home.