4 February 2014

Top Tips for Reducing your Pet Care Costs

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.

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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.

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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. 

16 comments:

  1. keeping a pet is not cheap, some good tips there. I read something about a pet tax that the government was considering! eeek!!!

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    1. Haven't heard of a pet tax. Would appreciate further information if possible.

      Rachel Craig

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  2. I grew up with pets. Vet bills seem to have increased Dramatically since my younger years. Our vet then was reasonably priced, friendly, caring etc. He would remember aspects about our pets, and if we met him in the community he would ask about them (whether we had the pet with us or not). How I would love to hear of such experiences nowadays. As a pet can really be part (one) of the family.

    These money saving tips are appreciated. As sadly some people who may benefit (health wise, as research has stated having a pet can be beneficial to health) from a pet, are financially unable to have one (economic situation. Inverse Care Law).

    Care Homes allow pets to visit. I believe this may well be due to the research which states pets are beneficial to health.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. Interested in homemade pet treats. Thanks for that.

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  4. Adoption from an Animal Shelter seems a good idea. As I believe the animal is likely to have recently been checked over by a vet. I have sadly heard of a few occasions when people have bought from a breeder (I don't know if there is any Registration scheme, rules and guidelines etc for breeders) and the pet has unfortunately died within a few months. This seems so sad for a family, when they have been expecting to have the pet for years.

    Vet bills seem to have risen steeply. The economic climate may make it difficult to afford. Yet we want healthy happy pets. Animal Shelters can be so supportive to vulnerable animals. That to adopt from there seems a compassionate thing to do.


    Rachel Craig

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  5. I have a rescue dog but would not recommend them for families with small children you do not know the exact reason they have ended up in a shelter it could be that they do not get on with children.

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    1. I would have thought that the shelter had a responsibility to ensure that the pet was being homed appropriately. Assess temperament, behaviour of dog etc and evaluate prospective owner / family etc. Thanks for sharing your personal experience (reality is more useful than theory or advert).

      Rachel Craig

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  6. Get Creative and Crafty :- Make Pet Treats. Any suggestions or guidance? As this would be appreciated.

    Rachel.Craig

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  7. My Aunt has always had dogs. She has a piggy bank for each of them (she currently has 2) and puts her loose change in it at the end of each week for vet fees etc. She puts it into a bank account for them and then has money for vet bills if she needs it.
    She found from experience that pet insurance was not something she had ever needed but still paid out for so this is a better option for her.

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  8. I've always done as Keri (above) - I put £50 in both my dog's and cat's piggy bank for emergencies, and at the end of the year what's left gets invested, which means what's not used stays in my pocket and not PetPlan's ;)

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  9. Please don't expect to pay nothing for a pet from a Shelter - as far as I know, most ask a modest donation at least. Even if they don't, most rely on people doing so to keep going and rescue animals in distress. Good luck with whichever pet you choose, they will enrich the lives of your whole family immeasurably.

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  12. I have rescue dog and I like such pets but my family not allow me to take such pet in home. I have search so many thing related to dog care by this research my knowledge about pet is growing up day by day and want to know whether I should put clothes for my dog? Is this good idea?

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  13. It's important to reduced cost on pets. It is not easy task for taking care of pets. You have some free time for that. Even if you care them perfectly with regular cycle then you can get's a rid from unwanted health cost or any other cost. First you have to go for regular checkup to doctors. Also used some tricks and think about how to reduce pet cost. I have a dog named alex, I love it and it's is always in my budget by following some tricks. Thanks for posting right article for pet lovers.

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