Animals are wonderful companions and often become part of the family. While they are wonderful, they can also be a costly family addition. Handling money wisely in all areas of life is a learned skill, and there are many ways to keep your loveable furry friend healthy, while also keeping your budget in check. Read on for some helpful tips.
Choose your breed wisely
If you are not yet a pet owner, carefully consider the animal that you will obtain. The starting decision in this regard can have a big impact on your overall associated costs. Mixed breed dogs are often healthier animals than purebreds, and seem to escape some genetic health issues associated with pedigrees. Consider adopting a mixed breed rescue animal. Many rescue shelters have online information that you can peruse before going in person to meet animals. You’ll also need to consider the grooming needs of your dog. Some long haired breeds will require regular visits to the dog groomer, which can be quite expensive.
Exercising benefits not just your furry friend, but you as well! You can go on walks and jogs for free, just be sure to keep your pet on a leash. Many parks allow dogs, so you can even explore new parks in your area with your pooch. Cats can exercise too. Set up an area where kitty can jump and romp around, and provide a few low cost cat toys. Regular exercise also saves money by reducing costly behavioral problems such as chewing up furniture and other destructive acts due to pent up energy.
Costs of veterinary visits and procedures vary greatly depending on factors including where you live, you pet’s age, breed, etc. Medical insurance for your pet can help offset the costs that your pet may unexpectedly run in to.
Choosing a Veterinarian
Do your research and find a veterinarian you can trust. Ask for recommendations from family and friends. They’re a great place to start when looking for a veterinarian. Ask them why they like their veterinarian, and build a small list of hospitals you’re interested in. Find a hospital that offers the hours and services you’re looking for. Every veterinary hospital is unique and offer varying hours and services. Find one that allows you to get the best care for your pet with the services you want and hours that fit your schedule. Be sure to bring questions to your first appointment. A great way to get to know your veterinarian is to have an open conversation with them. You should feel comfortable asking questions or voicing concerns about your pet’s health.
Have A Friend Or Family Member Pet-sit When You Go Away
Not only is kenneling a pet expensive, but it can also be stressful to your animal. This stress can last even after your pet comes homes. Save your pet stress, and keep them healthy by having them cared for in their own home by someone familiar. Give a gift to your friend or family member to thank them for their act of service, and feel good knowing that you kept your pet as healthy as possible.
Keeping your pet healthy on a budget just takes common sense. Relish your relationship with your animal, and enjoy knowing that you are making wise money choices.