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Take a Bite Out of Dog Care Costs

The cost of taking care of our beloved dogs can easily skyrocket if we’re not paying attention. After all, we want them to have the best of everything and we love spoiling the pets that give us so much love and moral support. As you look at your credit card bills, you may wonder if there are ways to save a few dollars here and there. As you can see below, the answer is YES!

10 ways to save

  1. Go to the vet

    Preventative veterinary care is the single most important way to keep pet-care costs in check. Annual veterinary exams can catch health problems early on, which could save you a lot of time and money. This includes heartworm preventative treatment, flea and tick control, and a thorough checkup of your pet’s gums, teeth, heart, lungs and internal organs. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has been to a vet, make an appointment today.

  2. Buy the largest size food available

    You’ll save money by purchasing a larger quantity. If you have a small dog, keep a small amount out in an airtight container, and keep the rest in an airtight container or sealed heavy-duty plastic bag inside a garbage can. Or better yet, keep it in the freezer. To help you save money, many of your pet’s favorite PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs varieties are available in large-size bags (for dry food) and multi-can packs (for wet food purchased online).

  3. Don’t overfeed

    Many dog owners simply overfeed their pets, which has resulted in a growing obesity problem nationwide. Serving moderate portions and limiting treats not only saves you money, it keeps your dog healthier.

  4. Invest in training

    You may not think of obedience training as a money-saver but consider this: a well-trained dog will be easier to walk and less likely to get into things he shouldn’t. The cost of teaching your dog to stay by your side and to come when called is far less than emergency care caused by his running in front of a car or eating something harmful.

  5. Trade with a friend for dog sitting

    The cost of dog-sitting services or kennels quickly adds up. If you can’t find a friend with a pet, trade some other service such as running errands or cooking dinner. Or you may know a non-dog owner who’s happy to take care of your dog while you’re away.

  6. Watch for money-saving promotions

    The second week in May is National Pet Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and many veterinary hospitals offer specials on vaccinations during this special event. Likewise, October is National Pet Wellness Month and February is National Pet Dental Month—look around for reduced prices on food and dental care.

  7. Consider pet insurance

    There’s no doubt about it, medical care has become expensive. This is due in part to the array of procedures your pet can now undergo, including MRIs, CT scans and cancer treatments. Accidents can be very costly, too. Pet insurance is one way to reduce your out-of-pocket costs. A typical policy usually runs about $300 to $400 per year and many cover both regular and emergency visits. For more information about pet health insurance, read our article Pet Insurance: Yes or No?

  8. Save for the future

    Pets are living longer, thanks to better nutrition and veterinary care. But this often means more frequent trips to the vet, special food and medication. In addition, caring for your pet at death could cost between $300 and $1,000, depending upon the services you choose. To avoid being faced with bills you can’t manage, start putting money aside on a regular basis.

  9. Shop around for medications

    Call your local pharmacy or look online for lower prices. Just be sure to compare the same quantities and dosages when you’re looking at prices. And to help prevent mistakes, make sure the pharmacy you are using understands veterinary dosages.

  10. Do your own grooming

    Save the cost of visits to your groomer by routinely brushing and bathing your dog at home. Plus, you’ll also reduce the hair around your house. Learn how to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis. It’s not difficult and you may also save your floors and household furnishings in the process. The PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs website features a wide range of articles that make it easier to save money while grooming your pooch in the comfort of your own home.

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