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If you are anything like me, you want to be a great pet parent to your cats and dogs and provide them everything they need to live a happy and healthy life.  However, between food, vet visits, training, treats, toys, kennels, litter boxes, and the occasional new doggie shirt (yes, I’m one of those people who puts clothes on my dogs!) the cost of pet ownership can really add up.  I would like to share with you some tips and tricks on how to be resourceful and save money on your pet’s items.

 

  • Sign up for the newsletters of your favorite pet brands. Many companies use their websites and newsletters as a way to offer special discounts to their most loyal consumers.  There may be a high value coupon in that email that can bring the cost of Fido’s favorite treats down. Also, don’t forget to follow their Facebook page and Twitter accounts for deals!
  • Go to yard sales and your local thrift store. Our neighborhood recently had a community yard sale day. We took our dog Preston with us as we visited our neighbors and looked over their items for sale. One of our neighbors had a bin full of dog outfits that were Preston’s size that they no longer wanted. We were able to purchase all of them for only $10. In a retail store, these outfits would have cost over $200. Now, Preston has new clothes to wear for many months to come!
  • Repurpose items. Old towels, comforters and quilts make great dog beds –  especially if your dog sleeps in his crate. Stainless steel bowls can be used as food and water dishes. Also, if you have a food dehydrator, you can make high quality treats much cheaper than you can purchase them at the store.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts. If you have multiple pets, then your vet, groomer, doggie daycare, trainer or boarding facility may offer you a discount if you bring in more than one pet at a time.
  • You don’t HAVE to fill your pet’s prescription at your vet’s office. Many types of pet medication can actually be filled at a fraction of the cost at your human pharmacy. This is because many of the medicines are the same and you may have the option to get a generic, low-cost equivalent. Also, some drugstores and big box stores offer prescription clubs or special rates on certain medicines. For those medications that can’t be filled this way, there are now online pet pharmacies such as PetCareRx who can ship you your pet’s meds sometimes at a fraction of the cost of your vet’s office.
  • Finally, being proactive with your pet’s care can actually save you money in the long run. Make sure to take your pets to the vet once a year for their annual exam and shots. Also, some towns now offer low-cost vaccination clinics that can help you save money on this annual cost.

So, with some creative resourcefulness, you can save money on your pet care items.

Do you have any tips for other pet owners on ways to save money? Please comment below!

 

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One Response to Tips for Saving Money on Pet Care

  1. Carly Mento says:

    Really great tips! Especially on filling pet medication – such a costly but necessary expense. They always get you at your appointments!

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