Dogs are an important part of our lives. They give us so much love and affection that, often times, we forget how expensive they can be. There are many costs we must be mindful of when it comes to adopting and having a dog at home.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, the cost of pet maintenance is number four of the top ten reasons someone gives up their dog. Also, the American Pet Products Association (AAPA) reported pet care spending in 2018 reached a record-breaking high of $72.56 billion compared to $69.51 billion in 2017.
The APPA’s figures reported cover pet spending in food, supplies, medications, veterinary care, live animal purchases, and other services.
These figures aren’t meant to discourage people from adopting pets. They’re simply useful information to be mindful of so we can make sure we aren’t breaking the bank while trying to provide everything our beloved dogs need.
So, with that being said, here are eight money saving tips for dog owners.
1. Adopt! Don’t Shop!
You can start saving money from the very beginning by choosing to adopt a dog instead of buying one from a breeder.
Buying a dog from a breeder will usually cost upwards of $1000 at the very least. Choosing to adopt a dog will cost around $250, depending on your location.
Shelters often run discount events, and some animals get sponsorships that cover the cost of adoption, too. Check your local shelter to find out when discounted adoptions come up.
Not only will you save money, but you’ll also change the life of a dog in a shelter looking for a home.
2. Choose The Right Vet
When it comes to choosing a veterinarian to oversee our pooch’s health, we often like to go to the one closest to us. But it might be best to research and see what’s available nearby that is also affordable for you.
Depending on the vet office, their fees can vary, even if they are located near each other.
Make sure to also research their payment and insurance policies–if available–that can help you bring down the cost.
3. Create A Budget For Your Pup
If you’re ever on a tight budget, you know you need to track your spending and make sure you don’t overspend every month. Well the same can be done for your pup, as well.
Creating a monthly budget plan for your pup can help you and your wallet by tracking each and every expense. That way, you’ll know when you can splurge on new toys and when you need to save up.
4. Groom Your Dog Yourself
It’s always important to make sure our dog is well groomed and clean. But deciding to go to a professional groomer can cost a lot.
The trip to the groomer’s can also add up depending how often you have to take your dog to them.
It’s always best to bathe and groom your dog, yourself, between professional groomer visits. Not only is this cost effective for you as a pet parent, but you’ll also be able to bond with your dog while giving them a bath.
5. Keep Up With Dental Cleaning At Home
Brushing your teeth is important for your health, and brushing your dog’s teeth is important for their health, too.
If you’ve ever had dental issues before, you know a trip to the dentist can cost a pretty penny. The best way to avoid a costly vet visit for dental care is to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and maintain good oral hygiene.
This will cut down on the need for a professional and also give a break to your bank account.
6. Stay Current On Vaccinations
It’s always a good idea to deal with things now that can potentially cause problems later. One of those things is making sure your dog is current in their vaccinations.
Of course, you’ll have to pay for your pet’s vaccination costs, but it’s cheaper in the long run than having to deal with a major disease or heartworms that will cost even more in the long run.
7. Be A Smart Shopper
Whenever we bring a new dog home, we know they’re going to need dog gear, such as collars, leashes, beds, and so forth. Sometimes we’ll just head to the nearest pet store and collect all of it, which adds up against our wallet.
But before you spend all your hard-earned money, make sure you do your due diligence and look at the best deals. You can also price match and check other pet stores for cheaper options or sales.
It might be more time consuming, but it will help you save money.
8. Train Your Dog
Training your dog is essential for them, but taking them to a dog training school can cost a lot of money. Thankfully there are many ways to save and still teach your dog obedience and some cool tricks along the way.
Investing in dog training books and researching online can save you more money than taking them to an obedience school. Your dog may still need some professional training, but you’ll be ahead of the game and might not need to spend as much cash if your pooch has a head start at home.
This is also an excellent way to bond with your pet and build lasting trust with them.
What do you think of these money saving tips for dog owners? Do you have any other tips to save some cash while taking good care of your pooch? Let us know in the comments below!