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Having a pet is not cheap, so if you’re struggling to make ends meet and want a pet, please wait until things are more financially secure.
Even though there are ways to cut some of your expenses down, it takes money to take proper care of your pet.
Be Frugal, Not Cheap with Pet Care
Being frugal doesn’t mean being skipping on vet visits and buying low quality food, which in turn can harm your pet and backfire as you may have to deal with bigger issues and medical expenses.
Being frugal getting the best value with what you're spending. You can then direct some of that money saved into a pet fun should a serious problem come up.
I would hate for you to debate and worry about paying the light bill or your dog’s surgery, so please be responsible and only get a pet if you can afford the basic care.
Find a Good and Affordable Veterinarian
If you have a fixed income, consider speaking to your local animal shelter. Some of them have clinics with reduced fees for vet visits and commonly used medications for lower income families.
Ask around for more information on vets in your area. A good vet can save you money if they can diagnose the problem early.
Don’t be afraid to ask the vet if you can workout a payment plan. Some are willing to work with you if you’re upfront.
Consider a Healthcare Plan for Your Pet
Depending on your pet's needs, a health plan may be the best option.
One option is PetSmart, which also houses Banefield clinics. It can be an affordable choice for some.
They also have a monthly health plan that covers many common appointments.
Keep Your Pet Up to Date on Vaccinations
Some cities sponsor events that offer vaccinations at lower than normal costs.
Take advantage of such programs.
Vaccination Recommendations for Cats
- FVRCP(Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia)
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
- FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
Vaccination Recommendations for Dogs
- DHLPPC (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Corona combination)
- Bordetella (Internasal)
Play with your Pet
Don't underestimate the benefits of playing with your furry friend. By exercising with your pet you’ll:
- Keep your furry friend healthy
- Get some exercise for yourself in
There are a lot of cheap toys you can buy to keep your pet entertained. My cat is addicted to his 99 cent toy mice.
Remember, though, your pet’s best companion is you. Don’t just buy toys, interact with them regularly.
If you have a dog, taking him or her out for a walk is good both physically and mentally for them.
Groom Your Pet Yourself
Keep their nails, teeth, ears, and hair clean. You'll be saving money and helping your pet.
My cat isn’t exactly a fan of when I use the fine tooth comb for his hair, but he loves when I use the wider toothed comb because it’s like a massage.
Your Take on Pet Care
I’m curious to see how many readers are pet-owners. Do you have pets? How many? How do you take care of them?