While pet expenditures in the U.S. are expected to reach $55 billion this year (according to the American Pet Products Association), and roughly 15 percent of pet owners are spending at least $100 per month on Fido or Fluffy, there are still plenty of pet friendly households out there that are struggling to afford pet food, vaccinations, and trips to the vet when necessary. No matter your taste in furry companions, managing your pet’s expenses can help you from falling short when it comes time to stock up on food or take a trip to the dogie doctor. Believe it or not, there are ways to save money and still provide your companion with the best care without compromise.
The first thing you should do is make sure you are not overfeeding your pet. Pet obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. Not only are pet owners contributing to their four-legged friends being overweight, they are wasting food and money by overfeeding. The cost of feeding a small dog or cat can run an owner anywhere from $120-$150 per year while feeding a large dog can set someone back $350 per year says Stephen Zawistowski of the ASPCA. It’s best to feed dry food and follow the guidelines recommend by the dog food manufacturer. This means measuring the correct amount and refraining from leaving food out all of the time.
Asking your pet’s doctor about discounts and generics can also save you a great deal of money and help you budget your pet’s expenses. Many vets and pet hospitals offers specials on vaccinations and teeth cleaning if you bring your pet in on a certain day of the month. If you do need to take a trip to the vet, try and book a morning appointment to avoid the possibility of leaving your pet overnight which can get costly from “boarding” fees. If you live near any one of the country’s 30 veterinary schools, you can save quite a bit by taking your pet there for treatment. When it comes to vaccinations, ask your vet what shots are absolutely necessary and which ones can be bypassed. The life cycle of an indoor cat may be different than that of an outdoor cat and may possibly require less vaccinations overall. It shouldn’t take bad credit payday loans to be able to afford to take your pet to get his or her shots in an effort to keep them healthy. If you find yourself in an emergency situation with your pet, a short-term loan can help with doctor bills and/or emergency medical treatment.