ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pet Care on a Budget!

Updated on August 23, 2010

It is no secret that we are dealing with tough economic times. In the money tight environment that we currently live in…it seems that even Felix and Fido are feeling the bite of the economy (no pun intended). Below are several ways that you can save money without sacrificing your pet's health or care.

Buy less expensive BUT HEALTHY dog or cat food!
Buy less expensive BUT HEALTHY dog or cat food!

Ways to Save!

  1. Do NOT cancel your pet's routine, yearly check-up! Though you may be tempted to do so, it is actually a good idea to take your cat or dog to the veterinarian for their yearly physical. Preventative care is very important and can save you money in the long run! Some health conditions can become very expensive. If caught early, they will cost you less to treat.
  2. Time to Eat! Look for "commercial" dog or cat foods that are not only healthy but less expensive! Do your homework and research before you buy! Most, if not all pet food companies have websites that are loaded with health and nutrition information. Look for foods that list meat or meat byproduct as the first ingredient as these are generally the healthiest and easiest for your dog to digest. Also, be on the look-out for coupons and buy in bulk if possible!
  3. Obtain Pet Insurance! If you have a young cat or dog, consider purchasing veterinary pet insurance! Many pet insurance companies offer wellness and preventative care plans that actually allow YOU to choose what veterinarian you visit. Though most, if not all, pet insurance plans make you pay "out of pocket" first, you will be reimbursed a portion of your bill once you file a claim. That is better than nothing! In reality, veterinary health insurance plans do save you money in the long run, especially if you get insurance for a new puppy or kitten.
  4. Time for a Haircut! Taking your dog or cat to a professional groomer can be VERY expensive. Why not learn how to cut your pet's hair yourself! Look for pet grooming courses offered in your area (community colleges are a great place to start) and enroll! That way, when these tough economic times end…you can continue to save money! Grooming courses will also teach you how to correctly cut your dog's nails!
  5. Make Your Own Pet Toys! Take a look around your house. Why not turn that old sock in the corner into a doggie tug-o-war toy!? Or, better yet, turn those old carpet remnants that you have been storing in the basement into a cat scratching post. Go ahead, use your imagination! Store bought toys can be expensive. You might just be surprised at what you can come up with at home (and trust me, your cat and or dog won't know the difference!).
  6. Sorry, No Treats for You! This sounds worse than it actually is. Rewarding your dog or cat for good behavior doesn't always have to be done with food! Instead of reaching for fatty, store bought and often expensive treats, scratch your dog on the chest or play with your cat longer than you usually would. Rewards for good behavior do not always have to be treat based! Now this doesn't mean that you can never give your pet a food treat again…it just means that you will be giving food based treats less…which in turn, will save you money!
  7. Exercise Time! If you have a dog…then get out there and take him for a walk! Exercise will not only benefit YOU, it will benefit your dog as well! A healthier dog will mean LESS trips to the vet…which in turn will mean less money coming out of your wallet!


Exercise with your dog! You will both benefit from daily work-out sessions!
Exercise with your dog! You will both benefit from daily work-out sessions!

As you can see, there are MANY ways to save money when it comes to your pet and you don’t' have to sacrifice their health or care. These tough economic times will eventually pass (I hope!) and when they do, there is no need to go back to your old, expensive ways! After all, saving money is a wonderful thing…in good times and in bad! Woof!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)