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Pets can bring so much love and joy to our household. And while caring for one may not be as expensive as raising a child, owning a pet can still be costly.
The rising costs of veterinarian bills don’t help much either. With people spending more on their pets, it’s not surprising that pet health care is on the rise too. In a recent report by the American Pet Products Association, researchers found that the cost of vet care has risen 73 percent for cats and 47 percent for dogs in the last decade. Depending on the pet of your choice, its medical history, and breed, you could find yourself spending thousands of dollars.
Although owning a pet might eat up a lot of sum from your household income, there are still ways to minimize the cost of health care.
Adopt instead of Buy
Aside from knowing that you saved an animal’s life and given it a home, pets acquired from the shelter are mostly already dewormed , neutered, and vaccinated. This means you don’t have to pay for expensive vet shots or surgery to have your dog spayed.
In terms of health, it is known that mixed breeds or mutts are known to be far healthier than their purebred counterparts. Purebred pups have congenital diseases caused by inbreeding that can make them sickly and always in need of medical attention.
2. Groom your pet yourself
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Paying someone else to groom your pet is damn expensive nowadays. But if you’ve got the time and the patience to do it yourself, why not? Today, the average cost for grooming a small to medium sized dog can cost up to 40-50 dollars.
3. DIY Treats
Dog treats can be very expensive. But why waste money when you can make them in your own kitchen? Pet treats are easy to make with the proper knowledge and ingredients. Plus, you’ll be assured that they’re healthy and chemical-free.
It is very alarming how many pets these days are practically obese. According to vets, pets such as dogs and cats should be fed only twice a day. It’s also important to feed your pet the proper food, at the proper intervals for his or her age and size. Overfeeding is a major concern for pets, as it leads to obesity, diabetes and a host of other problems.
5.Apply for Pet Insurance
Your pet’s medical emergencies can blow up your budget especially if you don’t save some for these occasions. With pet insurance, you can save a lot of money from these outrageously high surgery costs. You’ll have the peace of mind that they have your pet covered, and it will get the best possible medical treatment.
You don’t have to spend an arm and leg to be able to care for your beloved pet. With these smart tips, you can save on pet care and keep your furry friend happy and healthy.