Pet costs breaking the bank? Here’s how to cut them.

Pet costs breaking the bank? Here’s how to cut them.
February 13, 2015 Stacey Corrin
How to cut pet costs without compromising on care

How to cut pet costs?

We all love our household pets. They provide comfort in dark times and they’re great company when we feel a bit lonely. Yet, pet costs are expensive. The People’s Dispensary Sick Animals has researched this. They say the average dog costs between £16,000 and £31,000 over its life. A considerable sum given most dogs only live around 15 years. Many people underestimate the cost of their faithful friend and this can put a strain on budgets. Here are a few tips to help you cut pet costs and make the expense more manageable with your budget.

Save on Food

Don’t buy branded food as you will always pay more for those than unbranded. Food is a major cost for pet owners so cutting down on this expense is a major way to save money. The difference between branded and own brand pet food can be up to £1 for a pack of six tins, saving you a lot by switching. If you’re concerned about the ingredients, compare them. There’s not a lot of difference between the contents.

Don’t overfeed your pet.

There’s an obese pet epidemic in the UK. Overfeeding your dog, cat or rabbit not only wastes money but can cause large vet bills in the long term. Weigh out a daily allowance of food and don’t go over it no matter how much your pet pleads.

Buy in bulk.

Save on your pet’s care by buying in bulk, from food through to flea treatments and toys, treats and litter. Make sure you have room to store what you buy and see how much you might save.

Save on Health

Don’t skimp on vet visits. Vaccines, neutering, and check-ups are expensive. They can cost from £20 to £200 but if you don’t protect your pet the consequences could cost more. For example, a womb infection could cost £500 to treat. You can prevent health related pet costs by getting them neutered.

Take out insurance.

It’s one of those up front costs we wish we didn’t have to pay. Yet not taking out insurance can leave you with enormous vet bills. For example, a pet with cancer can cost around £10,000 to treat, making a serious hole in your savings.

Take care of their teeth.

Dental care isn’t always covered by pet insurance and can be expensive. Often, your pet will need sedation even for simple plaque removal. That means paying for the anesthetic and post-op care as well as the cleaning. Prevent problems by giving your pet tooth-healthy chews. Also, check your pet’s mouth often for signs of plaque or dental disease.

Final thoughts

Saving money on the cost of owning pets isn’t easy. With these tips you can stretch the budget further, without breaking the bank. This allows you to cut pet costs and enjoy your animals without the worry.

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