Being a pet owner can be financially overwhelming. Continue reading to learn 4 best practices that will save you money, while allowing you to be a great pet parent!
Adopt a rescue. Some people pay hundreds of dollars to purchase a purebred pet from a pet store or breeder. Instead, you could spend less than $100 adopting one from an animal shelter or pet rescue organization! Not only will you feel good knowing you’ve made a difference in an animal’s life, but shelters also spay or neuter, de-worm and vaccinate pets before you take them home…which saves you money at the end of the day!
Shop around. Whether it’s for veterinarian services, medicine, pet insurance or food and supplies…you should always be a bit frugal (as pet costs tend to add up.) Much like grocery shopping for your family, you should always aim to purchase the generic brands, as they are typically just as good as mainstream brands but a fraction of the cost.
Take care of the little things, yourself. Does your pooch need a bath, or his nails clipped? Instead of emptying your wallet at the groomer, do it yourself! Believe it or not, it’s not hard at all to be your pet’s personal stylist. Click here for DIY tips for grooming a dog at home.
Practice preventive care. Whenever you notice signs that something “isn’t right,” you should be diligent and take your pet to the vet. Be sure to always follow your vet’s recommendations on check-ups so you can take care of any potential health problems in advance. This will save you time, money and worry!