Looking for ways to cut corners? By taking preventive measures and keeping your pet save, you can reduce the amount you might have to spend at the vet. Pet insurance is definitely a great way to save on the high cost of unexpected vet bills, but there are also many ordinary measures you can take to save money.
- Puppy and kitten proof your home. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so begin at the source by cutting your dog or cat off from any potential hazards. Pick up any small objects, put away cleaning supplies and other toxic chemicals, and secure loose cords and wires.
- Secure pets with wandering tendencies. Should your pet escape your home, there is a world of possibilities as far as accidents and injuries go. Prevent car accidents, fights with other animals, and other dangers by leashing your pet, setting up a fence, or getting into the routine of monitoring potential escape routes.
- Take good care of your pet’s teeth. Poor dental hygiene can not only lead to expensive dental cleanings, but also costly teeth extractions, gum infections, and pain to your pet.
- Adopt a grooming routine. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from painful breakage or growing into the paw. With enough practice (and bravery) you can do this at home for much cheaper than visiting a professional.
- Get your regular check-ups. Stay on track with routine wellness veterinary exams for your pet in order to catch any health conditions early on, before they become more severe (and more expensive).
- Vaccinate your pet. These will help prevent costly health problems.
- Prevent parasites. You will definitely save money by administering flea and tick medications regularly. Consider having to fumigate your home for fleas. Yuck!
- Feed well. Be sure to feed healthy foods and in the proper amounts. Check out our 10 tips for feeding your pet.
- Exercise regularly. It’s important for your pet to maintain a healthy weight so as to prevent weight-related health conditions such as diabetes or osteoarthritis.
- Spay and neuter your pet. Not only does this prevent litters of puppies or kittens that you would have to care for, but it also prevents a number of health conditions.
Do you have any tips or tricks on how to save money with your pets?