We Americans dote on our dogs and cats—with cuddles and cash. In fact, on average, each U.S. house-hold spends about $500 per year on pets! You might have your own ways to save, but here you can find strategies to leave $700 or more in your pocket while giving your critters the love and attention they deserve.
When choosing a practice, visit in person if possible, with an eye for cleanliness and professionalism. Inquire about the cost of a wellness visit, which can involve an exam and vaccines as well as testing and basic preventive treatments. According to the ASPCA, the annual cost for such a checkup is $160 for cats and between $210 and $260 for dogs, depending on size and age.
Sound steep? Discounts of between 5 percent and 20 percent might be available if you’re a senior citizen, in the military or have a multipet home—so ask. Make the manager your point of contact for adjusting your bill, because she knows the office policies.