For many of my readers, their pets are like children. So of course you love your furry friends and want the best for them. But if the cost to keep them fed, healthy, cared for, and looking good has gotten so high, you’re the one coughing up fur balls, take heart. There are lots of little ways to cut pet expenses that when added together will help you save big on your pet costs.
According to one survey, pet owners spend on average $126.19 every month on their pets. Dogs are more costly than cats, but canines are not the most expensive pets. Fish are the cheapest pets; fish owners spend $62.53 a month on their aquatic friends.
So how can you afford to care for your furry friend in sickness and in health? Make prevention maintenance your top priority as a pet owner, carefully track every expense, then consider these tips that will help you cut your pet expenses in half without putting your pets’ health or well-being at risk.
Search for free initial exams. Local veterinarians often advertise a free initial examination as part of marketing to attract new customers. Take advantage of the offer. This kind of office visit typically runs between $40 and $60.
Mobile, low-cost clinics
For vaccinations, microchips, and heartworm and flea preventatives, check around for low-cost or mobile clinics. While you may want to stick with the same vet for annual exams, you can save a bundle on preventive services.
A fence or some other reasonable restraint is the best way to avoid big vet bills, says David T. Roen, D.V.M., board-certified veterinarian and owner of the Clarkston Veterinary Clinic in Clarkston, Wash. “I see more dogs in my office because of injuries sustained while unrestrained than for any other reason. Dogs should always be leashed, fenced or supervised.”