PetCouponSleuth: Low Cost Pet Ownership
Owning a pet brings joy to many people's lives but there are also the
financial obligations to consider. A
majority of a pet's basic needs fall under the major categories of
food and health care. Veterinarian visits for vaccinations, medications,
and emergency care can add up to a lot of money over the course of an
animal's lifetime. If you are thinking about getting a pet, but worried
about the expense, you should know that are many effective ways of
keeping pet care costs low.
Experts advise pet owners to have their dogs and cats vaccinated
once a year against rabies and distemper. Pet owners should keep an eye our for local
vaccine clinics where animal protection agencies offer rabies shots for
a big discount and sometimes even for free.
People who are not interested in breeding a pet should have the animal spayed or neutered. Check with your local animal shelter for low
cost spaying and neutering clinics. Some areas offer this service for
free, because local agencies are concerned about the high population of
You should also be aware that pets are at risk of getting
Lyme disease from ticks, especially those who live in rural areas. Medications are available to protect animals
from heartworm, ticks and fleas. Many pets will need to take these
medications regularly throughout their lives. One way to save
money is by purchasing these medications in bulk. As with human
medications, pet generic medications are less expensive than name brands
but do the same job.
Many pet owners spend far too much money on grooming tasks that can
be performed at home. Check community calendar listings for fundraising
pet wash events if you prefer not to make a mess at home. Many breeds
will suffer with dried out skin if they are bathed too often. Check with
your vet to plan a reasonable grooming schedule for your pet.
Veterinary schools offer free or low cost pet health clinics to
allow students a chance to get hands on experience caring for animals.
Licensed veterinarians run the clinics and supervise the students'
activity. These clinics offer pet owners a cheaper alternative for
routine health checkups. A valuable resource for finding affordable
veterinarian care is through The Humane Society
and local animal shelters.
Some pet owners are starting to explore the option of purchasing pet
insurance. A policy will pay for itself if there is ever an emergency
involving your pet or the animal gets ill. You can obtain quotes from
several carriers and compare policies to see if pet insurance fits in
You will save a substantial amount of money if you buy pet food in bulk, and remember to always be on the lookout for dog food coupons
and cat food coupons
as well. Some generic food options are not as healthy, so you want to
make sure the diet fits your pet's nutritional needs. Keeping your pet
healthy is a good way to avoid frequent trips to the vet.
These are all ways that can help you save money on pet care. Every
little bit you save will add up over the course of a year and a pet's
lifetime. Remember that each animal and breed has unique needs when it
comes to diet and health, so you want what is best for your pet at the
same time as being a frugal pet parent.