Simple Tricks to Save on Pet Expenses
Adopting a pet is a major commitment in time, money, and energy. But that doesn’t stop many of us from investing in our furry friends. In fact, up to 36.5% of all U.S. households have a dog.
But committing to our pets doesn’t make those unexpected costs hurt our budgets any less. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can keep your pet expenses from digging you a hole in the ground. Here are a few simple tricks you can use to help you cut back on your furry fees.
Do your research on pet foods
As a pet owner, you want what’s best for your pet. But not many pet owners know the ins-and-outs when it comes to the food that’s going into their pet’s stomachs. In fact, when it comes to pet food, about 92% of online users will pick a business on the first page of local search results.
Instead of going by brand and assuming the most expensive option is best for your pet, check out the label. The food you choose ought to be approved by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). AAFCO-approved foods provide your pet with a well-balanced diet, and these foods aren’t always the expensive brands.
Make your own treats
Many dog treats are full of sugar and aren’t always great for your dog’s health. Instead of buying dog treats and biscuits from the store, opt for making treats yourself. Oftentimes, you don’t even have to bake anything. Dogs are omnivores, which means they eat fruits, vegetables, and meat.
Check online to find which fruits and vegetables are okay for your dog to eat and then find out which ones your dog enjoys. Blueberries and watermelon are a great, healthy treat for your dog, and they can be cheaper than boxed treats when they’re in season.
Search for free exams and services
Local veterinarians sometimes offer free initial examinations when you sign your pet up to become their new patient. This can save you a good chunk of money if you have multiple pets as typical exams run between $40 to $60. Just be sure to do your research on the vet before you take your pet in to see them.
About 51% of smartphone users discover a new company when searching on their phone, and reviews are a major determining factor in whether or not they choose to do business with that company.
Another thing to look for is free veterinarian services. If a vet you choose doesn’t offer a free initial exam, they might offer other free services such as nail trimming.
Do simple grooming at home
Speaking of nail trimming, you can save a lot of money by grooming your pet on your own. This works best for pets who shed and need regular brushing. More complicated grooming techniques such as shaving are best left to the professionals.
If your dog is nervous about getting their nails trimmed, consider using a shower cap and dog-safe peanut butter like TikToker Lindsey Shelton. In a viral video, Shelton covered her forehead in plastic wrap and put dog-safe peanut butter on it to distract her dog while she cut his nails. While the technique might look ridiculous at first glance, it can do the trick and help you save the $25 you would spend taking your dog to the groomers to do it for you.
Owning a pet is worth it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t expensive. Luckily, when you know how and where to save on pet food and services, you can find yourself cutting some serious costs.