Let’s be honest; owning a dog is a big responsibility.
Properly looking after your dog takes considerable time and effort, not to mention money.
Fortunately there are a number of ways to save money on your pet care bills when you know what you’re doing.
If you’re worried about how much you’re spending on your dog here are five simple money-saving tips that won’t negatively impact the quality of care you provide your dog.
Get Pet Insurance
One of the biggest expenses that any dog owner experiences are vets fees. Even just routine tasks can cost a fair amount. More serious problems, requiring overnight stays, operations and x-rays can quickly add up to hundreds if not thousands of pounds.
The single best way to manage the costs of veterinary care is to buy appropriate insurance for your dog. In this way, if your dog is unlucky enough to get sick, at least you’ll have some financial support. You can then worry more about giving your dog the best care possible rather than simply what you can afford.
Feed Dried Food
As we have reported in the past, dried food tends to be much better value than wet food such as tins of food. But it’s not just cheaper, it also tends to be better for your dog’s health too. We know that buying a bag of premium dried food isn’t cheap, but over time it can actually work out far more cost-effective on a per-feed basis. Try doing the maths and see just how much you can save.
Buy Appropriate Equipment
Some dogs can be depressingly destructive, ripping toys and beds apart at an alarming rate. Such equipment needs to be frequently replaced, again adding to the overall costs of the operation.
The secret is to understand your dog; what they destroy and what they don’t. Then invest in good quality, durable equipment that will live for years to come. As an example many dog owners find that it is more cost-effective to buy a solid dog bed and to line it with old sheets and blankets than it is to buy a premium soft bed that may get chewed to pieces soon enough.
Choose Short-Haired Breeds
Another common expense for dog owners are visits to the groomers. This is especially so for long-haired breeds or those that are expected to be clipped regularly such as poodles or Old English sheepdogs.
To save money, consider buying a short-haired breed (if you’re buying your first dog). Alternatively, if you already have your dog then consider learning how to carry out some of the grooming yourself. Courses exist that will teach you how to clip your dog’s claws and give him or her a basic trim at home.
The final major expense that many working dog owners experience are the costs of doggy day-care to keep their pampered pooch happy and healthy. After all, a dog left at home on its own all day will get bored and may become destructive, noisy or bored (or all three).
But rather than paying an expensive company to look after your dog while you’re at work, why not consider finding someone in your local area that you can share responsibilities with? They could, for example, walk your dog during the day, while you take over exercise sessions in the evening or on weekends?
Alternatively consider hiring someone local to “dog sit” while you’re at work rather than paying premium prices to a specialist doggy day-care service.