If you’re reading this you know that caring for a pet can be expensive.
And while you don’t want to cut corners on things that matter, like good vet care and quality food, there are places you can lower expenses and still end up with a happy, healthy pup or kitten.
SPEND: Buy High-Quality Dog Food
When it comes to your pet food, you really get what you pay for. Cheap food (the kind available at supermarkets and corner stores) is usually full of fillers, including lots of corn, wheat gluten and additives. These are there for two reasons: they are cheap and create bulk, so manufacturers can cut down on more expensive ingredients, including high quality meats and veggies.
When you buy premium food, you’re getting foods where all the main ingredients are nutritionally powerful. For example, the first five ingredients in The Honest Kitchen’s Grain Free Turkey Dog Food are: Turkey, organic flaxseed, potatoes, celery, spinach. No added fillers, no unnecessary grains and plenty of antioxidants.
High quality foods do more than just quench hunger. They also provide additional nutrients that can help stave off disease, control weight and keep your pet more active for longer. The results? Fewer vet bills and huge savings, even if the sticker price of the food seems higher at first.
SAVE: Shop for Cheaper Vaccinations
Animal shelters and private nonprofit animal advocacy groups often offer vaccination at a much cheaper price than you can get at your regular vet. In many places, there are also ambulatory no-cost or low-cost vaccination clinics that pop up at different places a few times every year.
Don’t know where to start? Ask your local pet shop or Humane Society for tips.
SPEND: Get Pet Insurance
Pet insurance is another one of those things where spending a little more can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run, especially in the case of an accident or major illness. Even if you choose an insurance that covers hereditary conditions and medication (which usually brings the monthly premium up), you should still save considerable money in the long run.
Certified dog trainer Tonya Wilhelm carries pet insurance on her dog Dexter, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Dexter was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation by a specialist and an MRI just before his second birthday. “That bill would have been over $3000, but my insurance covered 80% minus the $200 yearly deductible,” Wilhelm explains. “He was prescribed medications that were well over $100/month that are fully reimbursed by his insurance.”
Read more at The Honest Kitchen Blog.
I Agree with 2 out of the 3. I don't believe you should shop around for a cheaper vaccination. Vaccines are dangerous enough. Most pug people know they need to pre-medicate with Benadryl, skip the lepto, and hang around the vet for around 1/2 hour afterward in case of a reaction.
Why would you skimp on something that is potentially life threatening by going to a "pop-up" clinic.....doesn't make sense.
I want my vet on hand immediately in case of a reaction, not volunteers staffing a free clinic
Stephanie, pugmom to Louie Livewire, born 3/15/06
and my 3 angels waiting at the bridge....
the very special Junior, my pug angel who is doing agility at the rainbow bridge 11/22/91 - 3/13/06
the very special Danny, my first dog, a Dandie Dinmont Terrier 4/5/70 - 2/10/84
the very special Paddy, the pug who was loved around the world, who my family had the pleasure and honor of loving for the last 3 years and 5 months 5/1/98 - 8/6/14