Include Fido in Your Budget
Research Local Vets
Another way you may be able to help your bottom line for pet care is by taking advantage of referral programs. Our clinic offers an account credit for each new client that a current patron refers.
Schedule Routine Check-ups
Know the Breed
According to certified animal advisor Roberta Gleicher, “Many purebred dogs and cats are genetically prone to developing certain health problems.” That’s why it’s important to know the details about your pup’s breed. If you know which conditions Fido may be prone to develop, you can figure out if there’s anything you can do to reduce the risk of disease.
Buy Medication Online
Use Flea and Tick Prevention
Spay or Neuter Your Dog
Practice Oral Hygiene
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings
Practice Paw Hygiene
Learn How to Trim Your Pup’s Nails
Skip the Groomer - Bathe Fido at Home
Extend the Life of Your Shampoo
Exercise Your Dog
So, the best way to reduce the risk of a range of health problems, keep your pooch fit. Watch his weight by providing appropriate food and limited healthy snacks. Provide him with ample exercise. This will help him maintain a healthy weight and burn off extra energy. You may even find that your special pal is better behaved when he’s a little tired!
Don’t Overfeed Your Dog
Let Your Dog Nibble Kibble
Make Homemade Treats
Befriend Other Dog Parents
Borrow Puppy Supplies
Hold a Swap Meet
Budget for Emergencies
Invest in Dog Insurance
Buy in Bulk and Use Auto-Ship
Loyalty Has Its Benefits - Take Advantage
You can also search manufacturer websites for special discounts on products like an orthopedic bed or specialty food. Some sites allow you to sign up for special promotions. As long as you don’t mind the extra email, go for it. Bear in mind that Amazon will not redeem manufacturer coupons, but they do offer special discounts to their Prime members. It pays to do a quick database search before clicking the “buy now” button.
Be Fido’s Personal Trainer
Invest in Durable, High-Quality Dog Toys
Use a Kiddie Pool to Keep Fido Cool
Review Products for Free Samples
Join email Lists
Consider Off-Label for Some Things
So, what things can be generic? Items like fetching and tug toys. As long as you pull these items out for playtime and store them when you’re not using them, they can be inexpensive. Your four-footed friend will enjoy chasing a cheap tennis ball as much as a brand name orb. Food and water dishes can also be simple and inexpensive unless you need a special feeder like a slow-feed dog dish. Just make sure the materials are safe for your pal’s food and water.
Save on Poop Bags
Chuck the Lint Brush - Use Tape and Rubber Gloves
Dog-Proof Your Home
Don’t Make Your Dog a Diva
Make a DIY Dog Bed
Make DIY Dog Toys
Avoid Cut-Rate Breeders
Adopt, Don’t Shop
I’m not saying that mixed-breeds aren’t just as adorable and loving as a purebred. As a matter of fact, our sweet rescue pup, Charis, is a mutt. Finding a good match for you is easier now than ever. There are sites like PetFinder.com that provide access to shelter and rescue databases across the country. You can search by breed, age, gender, and location. That’s how we got one of our furbabies.
What’s Your Hack?
Reality check: it’s expensive to take good care of your pooch. So, if you’re planning for your first furbaby, expect to spend money. That being said, there are ways to spend smarter and trim the budget safely. Try some of our tips and let us know in the comments below how they work for you.