When it comes to owning a dog, they do not care how much money you have or don’t have. They only need a warm place to sleep, exercise, food, and most importantly, love. Even though it may seem like it would cost a large amount of money to own a dog, when you compare the cost of owning a dog and raising a child, there is a large difference there. There are also ways to make owning a dog less expensive.
One way to save money on your dog is to buy the store brand of dog food. The expensive special pet food brands are typically more expensive by three or four times, and there is no significant difference in the nutritional value of the food. Besides, if you r dog does not like it, he will not eat it; no matter how cheap or expensive it is. Another way to save money on your dog is to not overfeed them. There are directions on the bag for the proper amount to feed them, and if you start to notice their weight getting out of control, you should reduce the amount that you are feeding them. Overfeeding your dog not only costs you more because you are buying more food more often, but it also will lead to your dog becoming overweight and there many health problems related to overweight dogs, which will cost you more in veterinarian visits and treatments in the long run, not to mention that the dog will probably not live as long as a dog of normal weight.
Although the costs of visiting the veterinarian seem expensive, when you compare that to the costs that you may incur as a result of not having your dog properly vaccinated or the diseases that could progress further, causing you to pay more to have your dog treated, it is a cheap alternative. Be sure to visit your veterinarian as often as is recommended and have their shots up to date and be sure to treat them for fleas and other parasites, such as heartworms, when needed. Purchasing your flea treatments separate from the treatments that treat fleas and heartworms will also save money because flea treatments typically last longer than heartworm treatments, so you can save money on the flea treatments.
Pet health insurance is another way that you can save money on your dog. You can get many of the veterinarian procedures that are routine, such as checkups, covered by the pet health insurance, costing you a portion of the actual price. Pet health insurance costs around ten dollars a month, and you can even have unexpected expenses come up if your dog ever gets injured or contracts a disease or illness that will need to be cured. Starting a savings account to be used for your dog’s medical expenses can also save you money because it prevents you from having to pay a large amount out of your pocket at a time that you may not be able to and you will be earning interest while the money is in the account. If the money is not used, you can use it for a vacation or to pay off debt. You can start a savings account in addition to purchasing pet insurance or you can just open a savings account, the choice is yours.
If you are prone to treating your dog to expensive things that probably don’t have a use for, such as spa treatments or extravagant grooming visits when you can trim your dog’s nails and their hair yourself, you can save money by walking them at a nearby park instead. Almost all dogs would prefer a walk in the park to spa treatments anyway, and you can also get some exercise. Your dog does not need all of the expensive luxuries in life as long as you are there to love them and give them attention.