Vet reveals 15 ways to save money on your pet
Many households are struggling to afford the rising costs of pet care. From soaring vet bills to dental costs for dogs, inflation has hit the price of pet owner.
According My family veterinarians, estimates suggest dogs can cost up to £30,000 to keep, feed and care for over their lifetime. Looking for money saving tips? As the cost of living continues to rise, we’re talking to the experts about how households can stay low.
Keep reading for everything you need to know…
1. Keep up to date on pest prevention
Prevention is better than cure for many reasons. From fleas to ticks and lungworms, it’s much cheaper in the long run to prevent these from becoming a problem. Lungworm treatment, for example, can cost up to £2,000.
2. Make sure your pet is vaccinated
Making sure your pet is vaccinated is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner. Experts recommend annual vaccinations to ensure your dog’s immune system is always prepared in its constant fight against disease.
3. Measure food carefully
“One in 14 dogs in the UK is obese, which means they are more likely to suffer from expensive-to-treat conditions such as arthritis, respiratory problems, heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer” , said Dave Tweedle, who works for the My family veterinarianssaid.
“Measuring your dog’s food is really important, rather than guessing. It will likely save you money on food in the short term and vet bills in the long run. It can also help your dog to live longer.”
Remember: Giving your dog too many treats is another common reason he can gain weight. Make sure your furry friend is eating properly and only give treats in moderation.
4. Get regular checkups
Regular physical exams by a veterinarian or nurse can detect subtle signs of discomfort or illness. Dave suggests putting your dog in a CT twice a year to check if something is wrong. Whether it’s an ear infection or skin irritation, you’ll save money in the long run by treating it early.
5. Keep their teeth clean
“It is estimated that around two-thirds of dogs over the age of three suffer from periodontal disease, which is an infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth – and expensive to treat. to become tartar,” says Dave. “The best way to prevent tartar buildup is to brush your teeth daily with a special toothpaste.”
6. Avoid unnecessary purchases
From expensive dog coats to designer bedding, one simple way to cut costs is to avoid unnecessary purchases. Invest in better quality items that will last longer, including glowing yarn to keep them safe on walks and raincoats for the winter.
7. Shop around for pet insurance
Find the best pet insurance that meets your needs. Dave says, “Unplanned vet treatments can be expensive and good insurance will cover everything from out-of-hours emergencies to cancer treatment. Do your research first and always compare policies.”
8. Learn to groom your dog at home
grooming your dog regularly is essential to ensure they stay clean, healthy and comfortable. Trimming their nails, cleaning around their eyes, and trimming their coat helps remove dead hair, skin, dandruff, and dirt.
All Dog Breed is different and has different needs when it comes to grooming methodology and frequency, so it’s important to do your research on your dog first. If in doubt, call a local groomer or veterinarian and ask their advice on how often you should groom your dog and if there are any dangerous areas for their breed to be aware of.
Read our guide to how to groom your dog at home.
9. Make your own dog toys
“Commercial toys are expensive and don’t always last long. There are lots of ways to stimulate your dog using cardboard containers, tea towels and old plastic bottles,” Dave suggests.
ten. Check if you qualify for low-cost treatment
charities, including the PDSA, blue cross and RSPCA, offer some pet owners free or subsidized treatment. To find out if you are eligible, visit their online eligibility checkers. If you’re worried about paying for veterinary care, talk to your veterinarian about suitable payment plans and treatments.
11. Neuter your dog
Spaying improves your dog’s overall health, while preventing uterine infections and mammary tumors. While most dogs give birth without veterinary assistance, caesarean sections are sometimes necessary, especially in flat-faced dogs.
12. Consider a pet food bank
Animal food banks provide free supplies pet food people in financial difficulty, potentially helping to prevent animals to be handed over to rescue centers or simply abandoned. If you’re having trouble getting pet food, it’s a good idea to consider visiting your local pet food bank. See here for a full list.
13. Learn Minor Health Care
“You don’t always have to rush to the vet if your dog isn’t 100%. It’s often quite simple to treat minor issues such as bee and wasp stings and mild diarrhea, or cut your nails and remove the ticks,” says Dave.
“If you’re worried about your pet’s health and aren’t sure if you should see a vet in person, try an online consultation first.”
14. Keep an eye out for free poop bags
Some councils are giving out free poop bags at libraries and other facilities, so keep an eye out for anything you can pick up. “It’s also worth shopping around as they vary in price – and don’t forget to check the price of diaper bags as they do their job just as well,” adds Dave.
15. Keep Pet Dangers Away
“One of the most common reasons dogs need expensive emergency treatment is if they swallow something toxic. Chocolate, raisins, herbs, household products, and human medications are among the main culprits. In many cases, dogs grab hold of these things because their owners have failed to keep them out of reach. Don’t make the same mistake.