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More Ways To Save Money On Your Pets

By Erik Folgate

A while back I wrote an article about different ways to save money on your pet. I was sitting in my house earlier today, and I realized that there are a few more things we do to save money on our dog, Harley. She’s pretty spoiled, but we try to cut costs in areas that are not necessary. We don’t cut costs on food, and we buy premium science diet naturals. We believe that more quality food you feed your pet, the healthier your pet will be. The healther your pet is, the less trips you will take to the vet. So, here are a few more ways that we save money on our pet.

  1. Use an old comforter as a pet bed. We just moved into a house with wall-to-wall wood floors, and Harley has had a hard time adjusting to laying on hard wood. So, instead of going to Pet Smart or even Wal-Mart and buying a $40 to $50 pet bed that is big enough for an 80 pound dog, we put down a folded comforter on the floor. She seems to really love it, and it’s a comforter that we didn’t intend on using on a bed ever again. If you wanted to get really creative and you were good at sewing, you could also make an inexpensive pet bed with two pieces of fabric and cotton filler.
  2. Make homemade cat and dog treats. The quality treats can be expensive, and it’s easier and healthier to make your own treats. Here is a site with some good dog treat recipes.
  3. Buy flea and heart worm medications online and in bulk. Pet Care Rx and 1-800 Pet Meds are legitimate pet medication websites with good deals on buying pet medications. We buy our front line and sentinel medications at Pet Care Rx, because they periodically send us 15% off coupons.
  4. Control your pet’s weight. Some dogs and cats would eat until their stomach exploded if you let them. They don’t have the concept of watching their figure or exercising to stay healthy. They’re just goof balls and they love to play and have a good time. It’s your job to make sure they maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Overweight cats and dogs tend to have more health problems just like humans. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run by making sure your pet isn’t a fatty.

Owning a pet is a big expense. I don’t know how some people do it with five cats or three dogs. We spend about a $100 a month owning just one dog. But, if you don’t settle for buying everything new at Pet Smart and buying all of your medications at the vet, then you can really save yourself some money.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • http://www.codesthatwork.com Sage

    You can also use coupon codes like RADIO at sites like http://www.1800petmeds.com to save money on pet medications. It’s easy, it works every time and it works online or by phone. I’ve even had my vet speak to their pharmacists to make sure I got the right meds for my labs.

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Or an alternative option could be not buy a pet at all. They can be quite expensive and time-consuming. Don’t get me wrong, I love both dogs & cats and grew up with a few of each. A buddy is trying to find a home for his large dog by advertising it for $200 on Craigslist. Most of the replies are people saying they can’t afford to pay anything for the dog but want it anyway! Kinda worry about the kind of care they’ll provide if they can’t even afford to buy it in the first place.

  • http://www.howtopaymyvet.com/ Rachel

    Another great way to make sure that pets stay healthy is exercise — it keeps them active and stress-free. We try and walk our dog every morning and night. We also give her dog vitamins, and those seem to help her stay mobile and healthy!

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