10 easy ways to save money on your pet

10 easy ways to save money on your pet

While having a fluffy companion may seem like a great experience, it can also end up being a very expensive one. Here's how to treat your puss and pooch for less!

1. Buy food in bulk and online

One of the most expensive things about owning a pet is buying their food. If you can afford to, try to buy it in bulk, as this will save you a lot of money. It's worth checking out Pet-Supermarket for bulk buys. Shopping online for food also proves to be a lot cheaper than buying it at the local supermarket. Always remember to have a look for coupons online in order to snag some deals. Here are 5 signs your dog's diet needs a tweak.

2. DIY treats

Although dog treats aren't too expensive, opt for a healthier route and save a few pounds by making your own. There are so many good recipes online for homemade dog treats that only use a few simple ingredients, like stock cubes and freezer meat. If you have a dog, you could save even more money by making chicken fried rice, which both you and your dog can enjoy together. Try Cesarsway for recipe inspiration. Be careful what you feed your dog - here are 10 toxic treats that could be killing your dog.

3. Get bedding and accessories from charity shops

Avoid the expense of buying beds, leads, collars, crates and toys from expensive pet shops and opt for charity shops and online websites instead. Hunt down a good bargain by being extra savvy with where you purchase.

4. Groom your pet at home

One of the most cost-effective ways of saving money on your pet is by grooming them at home. Investing in a bottle of pet shampoo and a good shearing comb will save you a lot of money over time.

5. Clean their teeth

If you have a dog, brushing their teeth daily can end up saving your pet from contracting a lot of diseases, which will save you money on future vet bills. Remember to purchase toothbrush and toothpaste that's designed for your pet, otherwise it can upset their stomachs. This video shows you how to brush your dog's teeth.

6. DIY toys

Toys from pet stores cost a lot of money, and why buy them when you can easily make them yourself? There are websites online that have step-by-step guides on how you can make your own toys for your four-legged friend. A great tip for dog toys is to buy rope from a hardware store and cut it up. Or, you could braid an old t-shirt and knot it at each side to make a toy that you can toss around a field.  Barkpost offers ideas for dog toys you can make from things around your home. For cats, there are plenty of step-by-step guides online which can help you create a feathers-on-a-stick toy or a game that can be created simply by using some toilet paper rolls and tissue. For starters, knit a mouse with our free pattern or a knitted sea monster toy.

7. Shop around for a vet

It's important to do your research before signing up to a vet. It may seem like an obvious choice to pick your local one, but are their visit fees cheaper than one that's only a few extra minutes away? Call around and compare pricing first. Get answers to your pet's most common pet health and behavioural problems here.

8. Keep treatments up to date

If you get a reminder from your vet about an upcoming annual booster, make sure to follow through and book an appointment. If you fail to keep your boosters up to date, you could find your animal contracting fleas, or even Lyme disease or heartworms. This can also affect your insurance claim, which can end up costing you hundreds! Always make sure you get your pet's annual boosters. It may cost a bit now, but it's worth it in the long run. Here's what to do if you spot a tick on your pet.

9. Exercise

Making sure your pet is happy and healthy is so important. If you have a dog in particular, ensuring it gets lots of exercise will save you money on vet bills in the long run. Behaviour issues also stem from animals not getting enough exercise, so always remember the importance of walking your pet daily. However beware as fat cats are on the rise from lack of exercise so use our tips to slim down your moggy.

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