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How to save on Pet Expenses

Updated on November 27, 2012

How to save on Pet Expenses

Put a leash on your pet expenses without depriving your beloved pet. There are many ways to save on pet expenses while still providing your pet with all the love and care that they need, that they deserve. Here are some tips on how to save on pet expenses, and some other fun stuff.

How To Save On Pet Expenses

20 ways to save on pet expenses.

  1. Don't buy a pet from a pet store. You can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars by adopting a pet from a shelter instead of a pet store or dog breeder. Many shelters offer discounts if you adopt a senior citizen pet so consider adopting and older pet rather than a young pup.
  2. Don't own exotic pets. They are costly to maintain and the vet bills can be more expensive than non-exotic animals.
  3. Buy smaller pets. Smaller pets eat less and cost less to maintain.
  4. Get a low maintenance pet. You will save on grooming costs with a small short haired cat than you would a big long haired dog.
  5. Limit the number of pets you own. Don't own more than one or two pets. One or two pet will bring you just as much love as 5 pets... but cost you a lot less in pet expenses.
  6. Feed your pet generic foods instead of designer foods. Pets don't know the difference between name brands and are as just as happy eating generic foods as they are eating gourmet pet food. Ask your vet to recommend a cheap healthy pet food.
  7. Use coupons for pet food.
  8. Have your pet spayed or neutered so that you don't end up with many pets. Check with your local SPCA for low cost neutering. The SPCA rates are usually lower than the rates of a private veterinarian.
  9. Bathe and groom your pet yourself instead of spending money on a professional groomer.
  10. Save on boarding cost when you go on vacation by asking a friend or family member to pet sit.
  11. Take care of your pet with a good diet, exercise, and regular checkups. This can prevent future health problems, which will save you on vet bills. Brushing your pets teeth once a day will save you on future dental bills.
  12. Don't buy expensive pet toys from the store. You can easily make homemade pet toys that will keep your pets entertained for hours. See the "how-to" videos below. You can also go to the tennis court and collect abandoned tennis balls. Dogs love chasing tennis balls!
  13. Get your pet its annual checkup. Diseases or problems caught early will be cheaper to treat.
  14. Consider purchasing pet insurance. This could potentially save you hundreds, or thousands, of dollars in vet bills if your pet gets sick.
  15. Buy a large crate for your new puppy so you won't have to buy a new one when they outgrow the small crate.
  16. Keep your cat indoors whenever possible. Outdoor cats are more likely to get injured and sick.
  17. Kitty litter doesn't expire so buy it in bulk. You usually pay less when you buy in bulk.
  18. Feed your cats and dogs dry food instead of wet food. Wet food costs more.
  19. Grow your own catnip.
  20. Learn pet first aid so you don't have to run to the vet for minor injuries. I think the Red Cross offers a Pet First Aid course.

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Don't buy expensive pet toys. Make your own! See how to videos below.

How to Make Pet Toys

As you can see in these videos, pets don't need expensive toys to be entertained. These pets are just as entertained by these homemade toys are they would be by expensive store bought toys.

Shop eBay for Good Deals On Pet Supplies

ebay is a great source for finding deals on pet supplies. Many times you can find the same items found at your local pet store but for half the price.

How To Make Your Own Dog Pillow / Bed

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

      Great lens. Some of your tips are really good.

    • LisaDH profile image

      LisaDH 6 years ago

      Good tips, especially the video on making your own dog bed. I always try to buy new beds for my dog when they're on sale, but they're still expensive.

    • avgsuperheroine profile image

      avgsuperheroine 6 years ago

      great lens, pets can be really expensive, but they're worth it!