How To Save Money When Selecting A Pet
A pet provides a source of fun, companionship, and even comfort, to a family. A new dog or cat adds new energy to the atmosphere of any home. However, the maintenance and needs of pets can be quite a drain on the wallet. Here are some tips for selecting a pet with the budget in mind.
Step 1: Select a mixed breed that has been raised by a reputable breeder or a friend, or is found in a clean shelter. A hybrid animal tends to suffer from fewer hereditary diseases than a purebred.
Step 2: Consider pets over one year of age. These will most likely have been neutered or spayed, received some form of training, and had their shots.
Step 3: Keep up with the routine preventative care for the animals. Take them for annual vaccinations and checkups and provide them with heartworm medication and treatments for fleas and ticks. This can save thousands of dollars down the road by preventing infections and diseases.
Step 4: For minor questions, call the vet rather than scheduling a visit. Inquire whether the vet offers reduced prices for treating multiple pets in the family. Contact local teaching hospitals and animal shelters to see if they offer inexpensive treatments.
Step 5: Forgo the premium pet food for well-known, high-quality products that can be purchased in large packages. Use a measuring cup to provide the correct portion according to instructions on the package. Foods high in bioavailable nutrients keep pets from overeating and foods low in sugar can help prevent diabetes in pets.
Step 6: Reduce grooming costs by keeping the pet in good condition using regular bathing and brushing. This will prevent extra charges for especially tangled coats. Request a lion or puppy trim to extend time between grooming visits. The hair or fur is cut as close as ½ inch, equating to less frequent grooming. If you feel comfortable, perform between-visit touchups at home.