While the love they bring into your home is priceless, taking care of a furry friend can be ruff on your wallet. If you’re looking to save a little cash while giving your pet more than they could ever want, try some of these top-dog tips.
Adopt Don’t Shop
Looking for a new best friend? Consider adopting rather than going to a breeder. You’ll save a ton of money and you’ll be giving a shelter pup a loving home. Another option is to post on Facebook to see whether any of your friends (or friends of friends) knows of a dog needing a new family.
Dog’s Gotta Eat
Do some online sleuthing and you just might find a coupon for Scooby’s favorite snack! All it takes is a couple clicks to save money on something you have to buy again and again. Although it’s tempting to buy food in bulk, consider how much your dog will realistically eat before the expiration date. Or think about splitting a bulk bag of food with a friend — this way you both save money without wasting food! Since you owe your pup a treat every time he’s a good boy, try making your own treats at home or just purchasing chicken livers for only $2/pound to save money.
Price Check Your Vet
Before just choosing the vet closest to your house, do a little bit of research. Different vets charge different prices per visit, so make sure you are getting the best deal when you take Fido for a check-up.
A Little Pup Goes a Long Way
Consider getting a smaller dog. Smaller breeds tend to eat less than their larger counterparts, so over time you will end up saving a lot of money on food. Additionally, if you ever go out of town it may be easier to take a smaller pup with you rather than paying a dog sitter. In terms of grooming costs, a smaller dog is much easier to groom at home. They can usually fit in the sink or bathtub, while a bigger dog might make too big of a splash in your bathroom.
It’s Always Playtime
There’s no need to hit the pet store — odds are you have everything you need to make your dog’s new favorite toy at home. If you have a t-shirt and a water bottle, you can make a crunchy chew toy your dog will love. Check out this link for more DIY dog toy ideas!
Start a Pup Emergency Fund
Rather than purchasing pet insurance which may not always be the most budget-friendly, consider starting a savings account. Put $20 from each pay check into this account and over time it will accumulate interest so you’ll have a good amount of money saved in case of a pup emergency.
Clean Those Pearly Whites
It might sound extreme, but brushing your dog’s teeth every day could be the best way to keep them healthy and happy. A little effort each day can make a big difference in the long run, saving your pet from health problems (and your wallet from veterinary bills). Plus, brushing your dog’s teeth at least 3 times per week can add up to 5 years to their life! You brush your teeth every day — why not do the same for your pup?
Splish Splash, Your Pup’s in the Bath
While some breeds do need their coats trimmed now and then, oftentimes all your dog needs is a good brushing and a quick scrub in the tub. Brushing your dog regularly will get rid of dead hair and reduce shedding and a bath at home is much cheaper than a trip to the groomer.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Save those grocery bags! There’s no need to spend money on special dog poop bags when a grocery bag or piece of newspaper will do the trick. If your dog is small, you can even cut the bags up to use for multiple potty breaks.
Everyone dog should know how to sit, stay and roll over, but not every owner wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a trainer. Luckily, the Internet has all the information you need to train your pup at home for free. Drive around on YouTube to find training videos — the comments should tell you which online trainers are the best.
Caring for your furry friend doesn’t have to cost a paw and a tail. Small savings like these can make a big difference in the long run so you won’t have to work like a dog to pay for your pup’s needs.