(Bow) Wow! Five Ways To Save Money On Pet Care
You love your pets. Maybe you even consider them your “children,” not because you’re a loner or an introvert or socially awkward, but because you value all that they add to your life in so many ways. You care for them, day in and day out. You enjoy their company, and you imagine they feel the same about you. They bring companionship into you life, along with love and laughter.
Even though you might spoil your pets with toys and treats, that doesn’t mean you can’t look for ways to save money on their care. The love you offer them is priceless, but here are some ways you can save on some of the other things pet care requires.
1. Adopt: Friends Don’t Have To Be Bought
Your next best friend doesn’t have to come at an exorbitant price: Adopting an animal from a shelter can save you hundreds — even thousands — of dollars when compared to buying from a breeder. More than 2 million shelter animals are euthanized in the U.S. each year. When you adopt from a shelter you save not only money but also the life of the pet you’re bringing home; in addition, you help make room at the shelter for another animal.
2. Join Pet Store Loyalty Clubs
Sign up for pet loyalty clubs at any pet stores you frequent. Whether you’re buying food, grooming products, toys, bedding, or more, you can save several dollars per year by using your rewards cards.
3. Store Pet Food Properly
Throwing away pet food that’s gone bad or exceeded its expiration date can be costly. To maximize the freshness of pet food, store it in tightly wrapped containers and refrigerate any opened containers.
4. Have Your Pets Spayed or Neutered
Yes, it costs to have your pet spayed or neutered but the long-term savings can be significant. Unspayed cats can damage furniture and carpeting in your home by spraying urine on them as a means of attracting males. Unneutered dogs can be more aggressive, leading to injuries to other pets or humans that can result in veterinary or medical bills, and even possibly lawsuits.
5. Buy Pet Medications Online
The high price of pet medications can be sickening, especially if you’re buying from the vet office. Check online for sites that can fill pet prescriptions and offer lower prices on pet medications. Discount pet medication sites include PetCareRX, VetDepot, 1-800-PetMeds, and Discount Pet Medicines.