It’s a shame furry friends can’t pay for themselves. Though wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup won’t stop those bills from rolling in at the end of the month. Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog owners to cut down on costs.
Dog duds for the sporty or posh pup also are available on sites like dealwagger.com or dog.com. Following a company’s social media account, website, membership club or email list will bring deals even closer.
Some owners make their own dog food, including dishes ranging from diced liver to peanut butter biscuits. There are all sorts of free recipes online and books in stores. Home-cooked meals can also make for a happy, healthy and longer-living pet. Just ask Your Pet Chef founder and cookbook author Lisa Hennessy. “It really is so much better for people to make their own dog food for a better diet,” Hennessy said. “You save so much more money in the long run.”
Thankfully, there are ways to prepare for or even prevent the worst from happening. However, this requires not only the dog, but the owner, to follow the rules.
The best way to avoid trauma is to be consistent and vigilant, following through with instructions from trainers or veterinarians. A well-behaved and trained dog is less likely to get in fights or destroy that favorite couch. A leash-trained dog is even better when paired with an observant owner. Electric fences also can be effective but can be a lot of work.
“The truth is the best way to save is to be really good about preventive care,” Murray said.
Getting preventive vaccines or medications help your dog avoid serious illnesses that could cost thousands of dollars to treat. The same is true for spaying and neutering your dog.
Owners need to take care of themselves too, as dogs and other animals can be affected by bad habits, like smoking.