Hamsters, fish, cats, dogs. Whichever one of these creatures you own, they can help reduce anxiety and lower stress.
The chances are that you are affectionate towards your pet, else why would you keep it around? A common way in which our affection for the things we love is unwittingly displayed is by caring for them.
Right there on our lists of priorities, just beneath kids, sit our furry (or hairy, if you own a tarantula!) friends, and like kids, taking care of pets can cost a pretty penny, which isn’t a problem for those with the money to spend. For those of us on a budget, however, what do we do? Seek BudgetPetCare or box them up and send them off?
Nah, just kidding! Of course, you shouldn’t let go of your beloved pet. As such, below is a list of ways to care for your pet while on a budget.
Groom Your Pet Yourself
Rather than pay for grooming, you can learn to do the basic stuff yourself, in the comfort of your home. Brush your pet’s fur and teeth regularly; every day, if you have got the time, but every other day works as well. And while you’re at it, trim the nails too.
Vaccinate Your Pet
Don’t skip vaccines! It is way more expensive to treat a disease than the cost of administering a vaccine or flea and tick prevention that would have averted the disease. A service like VETCO offers low priced vaccinations, and the good news is that you can find them at the various PETCO stores.
The idea here is to find someone who owns a pet of their own. On the days when you would typically need to hire a pet sitter, you can have the person take care of your pet at no cost other than to return the favor at a later date.
Be frugal, But Not With Food
Absolutely not! Do not lower the quality of the food you feed your pet. Low-quality food doesn’t exactly do anything for your pet’s wellbeing, it doesn’t even truly satisfy your pet, as you will find that your pet consumes more of the low-quality food. Maintain a healthy diet, and your pet wouldn’t need to see the doctor.
Before You Make a Purchase, First Explore Your Options.
This applies to not only things that relate to your pet but you as well. Prices can vary significantly from one business to another, ensure that when you pull out your wallet, it is for the best possible deal that you can get at discount stores and even online. However, be wary of online purchases as some sellers can be fraudulent. A good tip is to look for a seller with a considerable number of positive reviews, and an average review of not less than 3.5.
There you have it, Pet care on a budget! You need not break the bank, nor will you have to give up your pet. These tips will save you some money, and at the same time, help give the best care to your pet.