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Pet Care On A Budget

Pet Care

Feeding, grooming and caring for an animal companion does not come cheap. Your little furry friend will continue to grow at increasing greedy rates and unexpected vet bills are always potentially around the corner, unless you want a dependency on Wonga cash loans to pay for these looming expenses; you have two options: adopt a cheaper pet (like a fish), or carefully budget for your pet's care. Already have cat or dog? There are some clever ways you can save money on care without compromising the health of your furry friend.


You could pay hundreds, even thousands, to adopt a purebred pet from a reputable breeder. Never buy an animal from a pet store - you have no way of knowing if you're unwittingly supporting a puppy/kitten mill or the conditions animals are kept in from their point of origin to the pet shop.

Your local animal welfare society or shelter has a wide variety of breeds waiting for homes. These animals are typically checked by a vet before going home with you, and the cost of adopting is a fraction of the price you would pay if buying a dog or cat.

Most shelters carry out behavioural assessments for the animals in their care and will help to match you with the dog or cat that best fits your lifestyle and your family's needs. And for a fraction of what you'd pay at a private vet, the shelter will often spay or neuter, de-worm, vaccinate and microchip the dog or cat. Sterilising companion animals is vital to reduce the chances of hormone-related diseases later in life and it's a lot cheaper than paying for the extra care a female needs during pregnancy, not to mention the costs involved caring for a litter of pups or kittens.

Farm Out Your Skills

You've got a real talent for baking the most delicious canine treats, while your best friend loves to take care of your dog when you need to travel. So, in exchange for your friend taking care of your pooch while you're away, you could keep her supplied with tasty dog treats. This way, you don't have to pay for boarding for your dog, and your friend will not have to buy treats.

You can exchange gardening, house cleaning, cooking or baking and get a host of services in return from walking your dog during the week, to grooming or cleaning your pet's teeth (if your friend knows how to do this probably or they could cause injury to your pet).

Choose A Cet Carefully

Your choice of vet should can be based on several factors: a good referral from a friend or shelter, ease of location as well as the prices charged by the vet. Ask local vets for a quote for common services they offer and compare these costs between vets. Your ultimate choice should be the best combination of experience and value.

Insure The Health Of Your Pet

Be aware that pet insurance will not necessarily save you money. Before you sign an insurance policy, make sure you're familiar with the procedures and services it will cover. Alternatively, you could open an interest-bearing savings account and decide an amount to put away each month for medical emergencies or procedures. Insurance is effective when it covers expensive, specialised treatments that will save your animal companion's life. Routine care or pre-existing and inherited conditions are usually not covered by pet insurance, and the age and health of your dog influences the value of a policy's benefits.

In the event of a medical emergency, can provide short term loans so you don't have to wait till your next paycheque to seek medical help for your furry friend.

The Best Food You Can Afford

When purchasing pet food or litter, buying in bulk will save money. Clip coupons from your local newspaper and look out for specials to maximise your savings. Do not be tempted to skimp on quality of food. A poor diet will create health problems for your pet in the long-term. Also, dogs forced to eat the same cheap brand of food day-after-day, may overeat to try to get the nutrients they need. Make sure to consult with your vet about any special dietary needs your pet may have and foods you should never feed them. Bake your own treats. There are many websites full of healthy, inexpensive, dog-proven recipes.

Do It Yourself

Brush their hair. Daily brushing helps clear away dirt and matted fur.

Give your dog a bath. Make sure to bath your dog once every three months and use the shampoos especially made to be kind to the skin and hair. Cats are able to groom themselves, all they'll need is your help with a pet wet-wipe to clean those areas their tongue can't reach.

Be careful when trimming their nails. If you cut in the wrong place you can cause bleeding and considerable pain. Ask your vet's advice.

Give your pet a thorough inspection. Look for any cuts, sores, tics, fleas or signs of illness. Identify any issues before they become serious enough to need costly medical intervention.

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