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WAYS TO SAVE ON THE COST OF OWNING A DOG

Owning a dog doesn’t come cheap so every dog owner is always on the lookout for ways to save on the cost of owning a dog. Here are some measures you can take to ensure your canine doesn’t chew your wallet to pieces.

SAVING MONEY WHEN GETTING A DOG

When you are choosing your dog, there are some things to look for that will save you money in the long run. Avoid breeders with a really high volume. These often don’t have the facilities to rear the puppies in a socialised environment and the dogs are more likely to be stuck in a cage or kennel and could be missing out on important development interaction.

Also, make sure your breeder has a lifetime return policy. This shows that the breeder really cares about the welfare of the dog once it leaves their care and gives a positive indication of the kind of treatment the puppy has received during rearing. If the dog has been well-cared for during the rearing stage of its development, it is likelier to be a healthier dog and save you some money on vet fees.

STOP BUYING PLASTIC BAGS

When I see people walking around with the little plastic bags specifically designed to pick up dog mess I often wonder what they are thinking. Not only are these things non-biodegradable and destroying our planet, but someone actually went out and spent money on these things. Use a page from the newspaper, or better yet, you might have just found a use for those free advertising leaflets that come through the post.

SAVE MONEY ON DOG FOOD

There are several ways to save money on the dog food you are buying. Firstly, don’t assume just because you are paying more, you are getting better money. This is a classic way that dog food manufacturers are getting you to haemorrhage money. Do some research and find a brand that uses little or no carbohydrate filler so you can be sure that you aren’t wasting your money on empty calories.

Buying your food in bulk will also save you a considerable amount of money. You might struggle to get the food out of the supermarket and into the car, but it is worth it for the serious savings you make.

MAKE YOUR OWN DOG TOYS

Once you know what type of toys your dog likes, you can probably make your own. A lot of the pet shops charge a fortune for what is essentially a tennis ball on a bit of rope. If you don’t fancy making your own, just make sure you buy good quality toys that last the test of time and keep them on rotation so they don’t have access to all of them at once. This will help your toys last longer and save you money.

EXERCISE IS A MONEY SAVER

There is no better way than to save on vet bills than by keeping a healthy dog. Give your dog plenty of exercise, clean their teeth regularly and feed them a healthy diet and you can keep vet visits to a minimum. Staying up to date with vaccinations and flea and worm prevention will also save you money in the long term. It might mean a little initial outlay, but believe me, the costs will be pale in comparison with the treatment to get rid of heartworm.

PRICE MATCH EVERYTHING

This applies to everything from vets, to dog beds, to leads and collars. More money doesn’t mean better quality. Find a good vet who charges a good rate and isn’t over or undercharging. The more research you do on vets, equipment and supplies, the more money you will save. Invest your time if you don’t have the money.

CREATE YOUR OWN PET INSURANCE

Pet insurance can be costly, but it is always worth checking with your bank to see if they have any high-interest savings accounts which you could use as a kind of pet insurance. Put a little away every month and hopefully, if your dog ever needs costly treatment you will have a small financial nest to fall back on. The upside of this over pet insurance is that if your dog never needs treatment, you will have a pot of money you can put towards something else.

If you stay mindful of your expenses and invest time and effort researching where you are spending your money there are plenty of opportunities to cut spending without sacrificing the care you are giving your dog. It isn’t rocket science.

 


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Philip Wallis
philipwwwww@dinga.com.au

Philip grew up with a family of pet lovers. He particularly loves dogs and is sharing his experience with OnDECK by DINGA.