Many people would love to have a pet, a friend that they can come home to who will always show them unconditional love. However, when one considers the cost implications of a pet, this desire is rapidly shot down. The costs that most consider are healthcare and unexpected vet bills, meals and maintenance through grooming. This article looks at how you can make the most of the basics that will ensure that you can enjoy owning a pet, and your pet will feel happy and loved.
Start off with a Budget
In the same way that you would plan for a member of your family, you should also plan for your pet, especially financially. A budget will help you restrict your expenses as they can go out of control if you are not careful. Within your budget, you can include medical expenditures and meals. This way, you also avoid unexpected temptations or impulse buys.
Doggy Dining Controls
As special as your pooch is to you, there is no need for you to purchase expensive, branded dog food. The price of gourmet dog food can go up to three times higher than that of regular grocery store branded dog food. You should opt for the cheaper option. For even greater savings, purchase your dog food in bulk, as you can then enjoy additional discounts that are usually built into the price.
Control your Dogs Food Intake
Once you have purchased the dog food, you need to control how much of it the dog will actually consume. Dogs become expensive when they overeat and develop health issues including diabetes, joint problems and even heart disease. Ensuring that your dog does not overeat will save you a substantial amount, in the long run.
Make your own Doggy Treats
Doggie treats can be very expensive, especially as they are often consumed rapidly, meaning they will not last long in your household. To save money, you can make your own treats using ingredients from your kitchen. An added advantage is that you are assured that all the ingredients within the treat are beneficial to your pet’s health.
The most expensive costs your pet may have are vet bills. Therefore, prepare for worst case scenarios by taking out a health insurance policy for your pet. They can be very low cost, often coming up to approximately $5 a month. This will ensure that in case of any accident, you will not be financially strapped.
Purchase Pet Supplies Second Hand
Before you purchase any pet supplies such as a dog crate, leashes, bowls, collars or beds, make sure you scour the second-hand options that are available online. Younger dogs tend to chew their way through everything, so if you need to replace an item, you will make significant savings when replacing the item with a second-hand offering.
Keeping a pet should be a delightful experience, and with these handy tips to help you save, it will be.