Advice for a healthy pet without breaking the bank
In times of economical hardship, we all try to find ways to reduce excess spending and cut corners when possible... sometimes even at the expense of their personal and family’s health. Unfortunately, their furry friends’ well-being may be compromised during this downturn, as well—potentially leading to more expensive complications down the road.
Pet owners often consider cutting back on grooming and maintenance for their pets, especially when they appear to be in strong physical condition. According to veterinarian John Berg at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, taking your pet in for check-ups and addressing slight problems right away can lead to reduced costs in long-term care, as many diseases are potentially preventable. As diseases advance, the cost of treatment also increases. Therefore, early detection and regular maintenance can go a long way to building a strong foundation for your pet’s health.
Research pet wellness or insurance plans to help reduce costs. Several nationwide pet store chains offer prepaid, affordable packages on preventative care services, as well as discounts on other veterinary services. Pet insurance is also a beneficial option since it is a set monthly cost that you can plan for.
In addition, simply reducing exposure to potential hazards in your household and yard can prevent an expensive trip to the vet. Be sure to remove all choking or edible hazards, and beware of sharp or dangerous objects or shrubs to avoid injuries.
Also consider keeping grooming costs in-house. Professional bathing and haircuts can be costly, so by doing these tasks at home, you can put aside that money towards other healthcare. By grooming your pet yourself, you may also be more aware of any disturbances in your pet’s body, from abnormal lumps, bumps, or discharge—helping you put into practice early detection of problems.
Another great way to reduce pet costs is to buy in bulk… anything from food to kitty litter to nutritional supplements. PetAlive also offers great Buy 2 Get 1 FREE specials, so stock up and save!
Lastly, do a quick evaluation on overall spending… perhaps you can cut back on little costs that add up, like excessive toys, wearable accessories, or gourmet treats. Instead, try rotating your pet’s favorite toys to avoid boredom, and make your own treats at home. You may find that a little extra TLC can go a long way to a happy, healthy pet!
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