I am a HUGE pet lover! I have two dogs, two cats, and two fish. I would have a bunch more pets if I could but my house and my wallet can’t fit anymore. As much as we love our pets, let’s be honest – they are expensive! When you look into their adorable little eyes, how can you deny them that new toy or their favorite treat! And don’t ever get me started on vet bills! You take them to the vet once a year for their annual physical and vaccinations and get a bill of over $200. Then there’s food, collars, grooming, leashes, bowls, doggie bags, etc. The list can go on and on indefinitely. So how can we cut costs but still keep our furry friends happy? Here are just a few tricks I’ve learned so far on how to save money on pet expenses:
1. Don’t Pay a Groomer
I used to spend at least $80 each dog to get them groomed. Although they look nice and pretty for a day, they get dirty and gross again within a week and it’s just not worth it! So, we’ve started bathing our dogs at home in the shower. It really doesn’t take that long and lucky for me my dogs don’t mind it too much! If you can’t easily bath them inside – take them outside and hose them off on your driveway or a side walk. That will be enough to get any dirt off.
2. Buy Pet Medication Online
Our vet used to charge us about $120 for a 6 month supply of flea, tick, and heart worm preventative medication for our dogs. Now we spend only $83 for a 6 month supply by ordering it on chewy.com. We have also got some nice dog toys for a steal on there too!
3. Don’t buy fancy dog toys
We all love our pets and only want the best for them, so sometimes we opt to buy the really expensive toys. But let’s be honest – they are going to tear any toy up in two seconds flat anyways so don’t spend the extra money to get the ‘cuter’ one or the one with the ‘invincible squeaker’. I promise you – that squeaker is NOT invincible.
4. Buy good food
Now this is the one area where I will encourage you not to buy the cheapest food you can. The food that we feed our animals have a direct impact on their overall health and well-being. Saving a few dollars buying cheaper food will cost you in vet bills in the long run. I used Life’s Abundance food for my dogs and cats. They love it, but it is definitely on the more expensive side. I have heard good things about Science Diet, Ultra, and Merricks – but I recommend talking to your vet about what some good options might be for your dog and/or cat.
5. Don’t buy treats
You probably think I’m crazy for saying this – but DON’T DO IT! Dog treats are so expensive and there are so many human food alternatives you can give them that are cheaper and actually better for them. Dogs can have green beans, bananas, peanut butter, carrots, cheese, and even popcorn! Personally, our dogs LOVE carrots! We can get a large bag of baby carrots from the grocery store for less than $5. Also, sometimes we take chicken stock and put it in a ice cube tray and freeze it. That way we can give them a little frozen treat for when it’s hot out. Since we live in Florida, it’s always hot out!
Doing these 5 little things have amounted to saving us A LOT of money. At first, I felt guilty but now i can’t even imagine going back to spending all that extra money for nothing. This way we can enjoy our pets and keep them happy and healthy, while keeping our wallets happy and healthy too.