Top 5 ways to reduce pet care costs

March 31st, 2015
Top 5 ways to reduce pet care costs

There’s more to think about than what brand of food you’re giving your prized pet; there’s dental health, veterinary bills and general pet insurance. If your adorable furry friend is becoming a not-so-cute expense, here are five ways to reduce your pet care costs.

Buy good quality pet food

While top quality pet food brands might be more expensive, the long-term savings will be immeasurable. A bad diet can mean your pet might suffer a multitude of ailments, such as kidney disease, hair-loss, dental problems, bad smelling poop and even cancer. Feeding your pet the best foods with a high nutritional content will aid in things like healthy teeth and a glossy coat, plus, only feeding them the recommended amount will help prevent obesity, which will save on veterinary bills down the line.

Reducing vet bills

Feeding your pet a balanced, healthy diet is one thing you can do to maintain your pet’s health, however, regular veterinary checkups and vaccinations are key to maintaining your pet’s health, saving you money in the long run. Additionally, catching health problems early can be the key to preventing expensive vet bills. In the case of an emergency you will want to be able to offer your pet the best possible care without worrying about the cost. Taking out pet insurance is an inexpensive way to protect not only your pet, but also your finances.

Make your own pet treats

It’s fun to spoil your pets and who can resist the big eyes and purrs, or paws on the knee? To save money and ensure your furry friend gets only the best, why not make your own treats at home in bulk? If you’re playing around with new flavours, remember to test a small amount on your pet first before making a whole batch (owners of fussy pets will understand this well). Cat treats like tuna crunch crackers can be made by combining one cup of oat flour, one can of tuna, a tablespoon of catnip, one egg and a little oil to bind. Mix the ingredients together then roll into tiny balls and bake. So simple and so cheap compared to shop bought goodies.

Spay/neuter your pet

If one pet is enough, it’s the least you can do to ensure they don’t suddenly reproduce and give you even more to take care of. Spaying or neutering is very important not only to avoid any babies entering the household, but also for avoiding other costly medical issues. It can be very stressful for a dog to go through heat and such stress can affect her psychologically. In turn, neutering your male dog can help prevent aggression and accidents with other dogs when they’re out and about.

Get smart with toys and accessories

It’s a good idea to buy pet-safe toys that have been made with recycled materials, because not only are they healthier, they’re likely to last longer, saving you money down the line. If, however, you’re torn between that $30 sparkly collar or the plain $5 option, always bear in mind that your pet doesn’t know the difference.

If you have an outdoors pet (this especially goes for cat owners), purchase a collar with a bell. This will ward off rodents meaning that your cat is less likely to catch something nasty that may need treating.

The biggest bargain of all, of course, is the unconditional love you get from your pet. You should consider taking out Real Pet Insurance so you and your four-legged friend can really eat, sleep and play in peace. Get a free quote and more information on pet insurance to see the benefits of having your pets covered.

For more information, visit the Real Insurance website.

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