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How to Save on Your Pet Care

Having a pet can be a wonderful thing. You have a creature who loves you and is an important part of your family. However, as with anything in life, pets can cost you a good deal of money, especially as they grow older and require more medical attention. If you want to know how to save on your pet care, here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. DIY dog grooming – Instead of taking your dog to be groomed, handle the grooming at home. You’ll spend less than $50 on the basic supplies needed for the grooming, and you can save up to $500 per year on grooming–especially if you have a dog with a very shaggy or curly coat. If you start grooming your pet while it’s still young, it will be much easier for them to accept it without a struggle.
  2. Buy pet food in bulk -- Pet food can be very pricey, especially if you are buying the high quality stuff. One of the best ways to save on pet food costs is to buy large sacks at once. You’ll slash the cost by about 10%, and you’ll rarely have to go out to make a trip to buy pet food. Of course, you’ll still have to do research to ensure you’re buying quality food, but it’s easier to buy the same bulk bag over and over.
  3. Make your own dog toys -- Dog toys are surprisingly cheap and easy to make! Your dog can be happy with nothing more than an old tennis ball, which cost just a few dollars per three-pack. You can turn old towels and rags into knotted cloth chew toys, or buy a steak bone from a butcher to use as a chew toy. You can even turn old baby toys into pet toys. Make sure to only let them have one or two toys at a time, and keep the rest tucked away. Rotate the toys on a weekly or monthly basis, and your pet will never get tired of playing with them.
  4. Buy quality dog gear -- If you are buying leashes, collars, chains, and dog houses, it’s vital that you invest money in the highest-quality items around. The initial investment may be a bit higher, but you’ll find that they last longer. Instead of paying $20 per year for a new leash and collar, spend $50 on a quality one that lasts for up to 5 years. Higher initial price, lower long-term cost.
  5. Buy used -- You can find a lot of used dog items at garage sales and swap meets, as well as on eBay and Craigslist. If you’re smart, you won’t have to buy anything brand new, but can stock up on used pet supplies at a lower cost.
  6. Take care of your dog’s health -- This means helping the pet to watch what they eat so they don’t grow obese or develop health problems, as well as giving them food and supplements that encourage healthy bones, teeth, and organs. Also, keep your pets out of the trash, as that is very likely to make them sick. If you care for your pet’s health, it will save you from having to shell out money for visits to the vet.
  7. Spay or neuter your pets -- It’s not animal cruelty; it just makes sense! Spaying female pets and neutering male pets will prevent pregnancies, which are often plagued by a lot of health issues. It can also help to reduce male pet aggression and lower the risk of mammary tumors in your female pets.

Take care of your animals, but save money doing so with these simple tips.

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