Money Saving Tips for Your Priceless Pets ~ 8/17/18
Cathy’s guest on today’s show is Arden Moore, pet health and safety coach. She shares her tips for saving money on pet care. The recipes for homemade cat and dog treats are posted under the Recipes tab. Here are the money-saving tips:
11 Money Saving Tips for Your Priceless Pets
By Arden Moore, Pet Health and Safety Coach www.fourleggedlife.com
- Invest in quality, commercial pet food. Select brands manufactured in USA and list a real meat as the first ingredient. Quality food keeps your pet healthy and that translates into fewer vet bills to deal with pancreatitis, diabetes and other health conditions. Ask manufacturers for coupons for loyalty. Estimated annual savings: $200
- Become your pet’s personal stylist. Stretch the time between those $45 grooming appointments and $15 store baths by using grooming scissors to trim around your dog’s face and by diluting shampoo for baths. Estimated savings: $120.
- Don’t turn your pet into a clothes horse. If your pet tolerates wearing clothing, limit her outfits to three. Dogs don’t care if they wear the same collar, cape, or hat on more than one occasion. Savings: up to $200 per year.
- Store and rotate toys. Stash your pet’s toys in a small toy chest or box. Bring out a few at a time. Rotating toys provides renew a sense of excitement in your pet and saves you money at the pet store. Estimated savings: $70.
- Make Fido your workout buddy. Skip the pricey gym memberships by exercising daily with your dog. Devote 30 minutes or more doing brisk walks or jogs and full body stretches. Estimated annual savings: $300.
- Make your own pet toys. For dogs, cut holes in a plastic water bottle and add kibble pieces for your dog to paw out. Or take an orphaned white athletic sock and stuff a tennis ball inside and tie a knot just above the ball to seal it inside. For cats, turn your toilet paper cardboard roll into a treat dispenser or create a wand toy using shoelace and a paper wad. Estimated savings: $200.
- Bring out your pet chef skills. Make healthy homemade treats in a large enough batch that you can store the extras in the freezer. Use these treats instead of those high-priced ones showcased in a doggy bakery. Add carrots and green beans to your dog’s bowl to help your dog feel full and use less kibble. Estimated annual savings: $110.
- Do be down in the mouth. Use toothpastes and brushes safe for pets – or opt for dental rinses and treats to help stave off surface tartar. These at-home dental items can help extend time for needed professional dental cleanings that range between $250 and $500.
- Save at the veterinary clinic. Ask for multi-pet and senior discounts. When possible, opt for three-year vaccinations when possible instead of annual ones. Ask for generic prescriptions whenever possible. Estimated savings: $200-$300.
- Create pet alliances. Team up with pet-loving neighbors and friends by sharing premium food purchased in bulk, serving as one another’s pet sitter and trading talents. If you are a hair stylist, offer to swap hair cuts for a veterinarian’s family for your pet’s annual exam or needed vaccinations.
- Set up a pet savings account or purchase pet insurance (read the fine print). Pet owners need to prepare for the unexpected. A few pet insurance cautions: Select a plan based on the coverage it provides and not solely on its price. The least expensive plan may provide the least amount of coverage. Choose a policy that reimburses based on a percentage of the veterinary bill instead of offering a set amount for a condition. Look for any hidden deductibles, such as not covering exam fees, first-day hospitalization costs or paying less (higher co-pay) for emergency visits or specialists care.