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How To Save Money On Keeping A Pet

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, March 29, 2024 | 0 comments
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Pets can be a wonderful addition to any life, and they are certainly a great way to make any home a lot more interesting and loving. But there’s no doubt that they are also a financial drain, and you will need to make sure that you are ready to be able to afford a pet before you actually get one. As long as you do, it’s much more responsible and you can be sure that you are doing what you should here.

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It’s also possible to save a lot of money on keeping a pet, as long as you know what you’re doing. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the best ways to save money on your pet. As long as you are doing at least some of the following, you should find that you are going to have a lot more money to your name, all while still caring for your pet well. So let’s take a look at what’s involved here.

Shop Around When You Buy

The first thing to look into is when you are actually buying the pet in the first place. During this procedure, you are going to need to make sure that you are shopping around, and not simply going for the first breeder or provider you come across, because that is not going to work in the end. You’ll only save money by shopping around and checking out a number of different people before settling on one.

So next time you are looking for some puppies for sale, make sure that you look around as much as possible before deciding on where to get them. This will ensure you are much more likely to actually save money, which is of course exactly what we are hoping for here.

Don’t Overfeed Them

It is actually all too common to overfeed a pet, and when you do this, it’s obviously going to mean that you are much more likely to end up spending a lot of money. So you should make sure that you are avoiding this if at all possible, and the good news is that it is probably quite simple to do so as long as you focus on it in the right way.

Essentially, it’s about checking with the breed and type of pet you have and doing your research. Ultimately, feeding them too much is going to cost you, and it will also mean that your pet is actually less healthy and less well looked after too, so it’s not worth doing so.

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Consider Different Types Of Pet

You might feel that you have your heart set on a particular type of pet, perhaps a dog or cat for instance, but is this really the kind of pet you want to have? The truth is that some pets are just going to cost more to look after in the long term than others, so it’s a good idea to compare prices and see where that leads you. If you can do that right, it’s going to mean you end up with a much better sense of which pet to go for, and which one is going to cost you less in the end.

For instance, you will certainly find that it is better financially speaking to have something like a bird or a tortoise, so that’s worth considering. If you want to have a dog, then by all means do so, but do make sure you are at least considering your options - and that you appreciate there are probably more options than you might have realized.

Groom Them Yourself

A lot of pet owners spend a huge amount of money on grooming their pets. This is especially true of owners of certain breeds of dogs. However, there is nothing that says you can’t groom them yourself, and in fact doing so is probably going to be the much more financially savvy and frugal option. If you are worried that you won’t get the same results, don’t be - with practice you will find that it’s going to be a lot easier than you might think, and that you can get good at it.

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Of course, it does take practice, but these days it’s easier than ever to learn this stuff, thanks to the internet. Find a guide and start practicing, and before you know it you might have some serious grooming skills.

Get Them Insured

One of the biggest costs a pet owner can come across is when there are medical bills, so it’s a good idea to make sure you are doing all you can to keep these low. Of course, generally caring for your pet is going to reduce the chances that they get ill or injured, but you can never reduce this to zero, so it’s also a good idea to make sure that you are getting them insured, just in case.

With the appropriate insurance, you will only have to pay an excess when your pet needs medical care, not the full amount. Given that medical procedures for pets can often run into the thousands, this is clearly good news if you are trying to save money. It’s absolutely vital that you are getting insurance for your pet therefore, and in some parts of the world it’s a legal requirement, so you may want to check that too.

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Save On Vet Bills

There are other ways to save on vet bills too. One is to ensure you are keeping up with regular check-ups. This will actually mean that issues can be spotted early, and the result of that will be that you spend less at the vets. It’s also going to be helpful to look into different vets in your area, as you might find that some are more affordable than others. It’s always worth looking around, just in case.

If you can do those things, you’ll find that you are saving a lot of money on keeping a pet, so it’s absolutely vital to make sure you are doing this.

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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