Spend less cash on your pet's health with these money-saving tips.
Supplies, medication and vet visits can add up to be very expensive. From food to dental care, check out ways to slash pet care costs without endangering your pet’s health.
If you do regular dental care at home, you can stretch out the time between costly professional vet cleanings. Wrap some gauze around your finger and swipe your pet’s teeth every day. And be sure to ask your vet if your pet needs a professional cleaning; gingivitis can damage the animal’s kidneys, requiring expensive treatment.
Many dog owners overfeed their animals, leading to obesity. Consult with your vet about how much food your dog really needs.
Feeding a smaller amount can improve your pet’s health and save you money.
Ask your vet if a generic medication will work as well as a name brand. If your pet needs a drug that humans also take (such as certain types of antibiotics), call several local pharmacies to compare prices before you buy.
Keep dangerous items out of your pet's reach. A few examples: acetaminophen, flowers such as lilies, household cleaners, liquid potpourri and yarn (it could lodge in your kitty's intestines and require surgery costing more than $2,000).
Pet-supply websites such as 1800petmeds.com buy medications in bulk from suppliers (vets usually purchase only enough to stock their office). That significantly lowers the cost of many medications.
Getting your kitty fixed before the age of 6 months reduces the liklihood of breast cancer by 92 percent and cuts the chances that your pet will contract a dangerous infection in its uterus. Both problems would require expensive surgeries.
Have a conversation with your vet about vaccinating your pet. Most cats should be vaccinated for feline distemper, which is a common, life-threatening disease. Vaccines cost about $15; the disease costs thousands of dollars to treat.
Search the newspaper and go to mypetsavings.com to locate pet food coupons. Stock up when you clip a hot deal--just be sure you can use the food by the expiration date.
You might think you’re conserving cash by not giving your dog preventive medications such as heartworm tablets, but if your
pup gets sick, you’ll end up paying a considerable amount for treatment. Heartworm disease, for example, costs about $1,000
You can save a lot of money with pet insurance—the majority of companies cover 50 percent of your total vet bill (both procedures
and medications). But most insurers won’t cover a pet with a preexisting condition, so it’s important to sign up your pet
when it’s still young and healthy.