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Saving money taking care of my dog 2016
Can I groom my own dog?
My pets are my children. I love them more than life itself and would do anything to keep them safe, warm, well feed, loved, and happy.
Pet owners spend over $41 billion USD per year. Times are tough for a lot of households right now, and the cost of goods are not getting any cheaper.
The focus on this article is on how to save you money for dog owners, without sacrificing your dog's lifestyle.
Home Pet Care
Ways to save money
(1) Clip your dog's nails
Many dogs hate having their nails clipped. If you start when they are puppies, they will be more accustomed to this, as opposed to starting this routine on an older dog. I suggest you have someone help you if your dog gets fidgety. Your helper can rub your doggie's tummy or ears to relax them, or talk to them in loving tones, as you clip away. Remember not to cut into the dog's "quick". The quick is the blood vessel in pet dog's (as well as cat's) nail.
Your dog's nail should be cut every 2-4 weeks.
Monthly savings: $15.00.
(2) Does your vet offer 3 year shots?
Many vets now offer 3 year shots. The typical cost for a vet visit (exam and shots) could run upwards of $100.00, and more if you have a stool sample analyzed or 4DX heartworm test. If you are really struggling financially, I suggested finding a vet that offer 3 years shots, to save yourself $200.00 (Year 1 - $100.00, Year 2 - $0.00, Year 3 - $0.00; start over again Year 4 - $100.00). You can save the extra money for a pet emergency, or other medical issue that may rise unexpectedly.
Bi-yearly savings: $200.00
(3) Groom your own dog
The cost of a grooming session for dogs can range anywhere from $20.00-$40.00 (or more). Dog shampoo cost $10.00 a bottle, and can last for up to a year. If you have a shower with a removable shower sprayer, you can bath Fido in the tub. Set aside some towels that are earmarked for you dog's use.
Monthly savings: $30.00-40.00 a month.
(4) Brush their teeth
A visit to the vet for a teeth cleaning runs anywhere from $100.00-$300.00. If you get in the habit of brushing your dog's teeth, and keeping plaque off, then you dog will not need a dental exam. Dental exams also require your dog to be anesthetized, which can be harmful if your dog has a heart condition. Many vets require blood work be done before anesthetization, which could increase the cost of the visit as well.
Dental cleaning savings: $100.00 - $300.00
5) Ask for coupons
I personally use Natural Balance for my dogs, and the prices have been slowly creeping up. I called the company to ask for coupons, and they sent me an entire envelop full!
Savings: $1.00 - $10.00
(6) Find rabies clinics in your community
My town offers $10.00 rabies shot once per year. Adult dogs only need their rabies shots once every 3 years, a puppy needs their rabies shots at 5 months, one year later, then every 3 years (once the reach adult age). However, when it is time for their rabies shots, I find comfort knowing that the cost is only $20.00 for two dogs.
Rabies shot cost: $10.00 per dog (saves you a vet visit)
(7) Clean your dog's ears
Ask you vet which ear cleaner he or she recommends. This will result in less ear infections, mites, and other ear-related health problems. The initial cost of the ear cleaner is around $10, but you will be saving in future vet bills.
You can also use a little hydrogen peroxide to clean your dog's ears - then rinse with water by using a Q-tip or cotton swab dipped in water if your dog has sensitive ears.
--->>> This is a frugal idea - will not be harsh of your beloved dog's ears - and it works!
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Take aways ...
I hope these tips help you save money when caring for your dog. If you do not have pet insurance, it is always a great idea to have a little extra savings stashed away for a medical crisis. Hopefully, these tips afford you the opportunity to save ... and eliminate "doggie breath" in the process!