When our son first told us he’d adopted a dog I was anything but excited. Here he was supporting a wife and 5 kids, and barely 30 years old and he’s added another mouth to feed.
Yet, the more I looked around, the more I saw other young people with even more than one dog or cat to support.
How can you save money on pets? Here are a few tips….
Medical bills—As the owner of just one dog (a boxer) no one has to tell me how expensive it is when it comes to medical care for a pet. Just two days ago, we spent money for an unexpected, yet needed, operation on our almost ten-year-old boxer. As veterinary bills can be your largest expense as a pet owner, you may want to consider veterinary schools for your pet’s medical needs. These schools offer veterinarian students (who are carefully supervised by professionals). You’ll save money as veterinary schools offer lower cost services than regular animal clinics.
Order your pet’s medications online—-If your pets needs medicine on a regular basis, just be sure you have the same brand. Also, keep in mind that many human medications also work for pets such as antibiotic creams such as Neosprorim or Benadryl.
Learn to do basic medical skills on your own—It’s not that hard to learn to treat small wounds, as well as trim your pet’s toenails. You can also learn to give some vaccinations, administer first aid, etc.
Invest in pet insurance—If you have several pets, it may well be worth your money to invest in pet insurance.
Groom your pet yourself–Doing your own grooming can save you considerable money. First, it may be best to choose a pet that’s low maintenance, such as a short-haired cat or dog, as our short-haired boxer. Look for ways to save on buying quality grooming supplies, as well as take a class or watch a video that teaches you how to groom your pet. Clip your bird’s wings yourself. But perhaps for the first clipping, you should go to a pet store or veterinarian. When there, take notes on how the professionals clips wings on cockatiels and other small birds such as parakeets and canaries.
Learn basic obedience lessons—It’s important to start training your dog or cat as soon as possible. However, pet obedience lessons can be quite pricey. Study how to teach your pet to do basic commands (such as sit, lie down, come, heal, etc.). Or, you may be able to take advantage of discounted lessons, such as given by the Animal Rescue League. In other words, you don’t have to invest $400 as we foolishly did for private lessons for our boxer years ago.
Use old toys—Limit the number of toys you give your pet. Use your imagination and give already been used toys such as frees-bees, old tennis balls, etc. And, realize that your pet really wants you to play with him rather than toys that he can easily chew to pieces.
Finally, limit yourself to only one pet if you’re on a tight budget. It may be wise to study, which pets do well without another animal companion, such as our boxer who’d be jealous if he added another “brother” or “sister” to our household.
If you use common sense and follow these, as well as other suggestions, you’ll be able to enjoy, as well as afford a pet.