The costs of owning pets are rocketing upwards. But what do you do if you simply can’t do without a dog or if your children are pestering you to get one for them? Surely you can’t keep ignoring your feelings or your kids’ pleas!
If you’re worried that getting a dog will be a financial burden, you needn’t worry. Because if you do the right things, you can own a dog without burning a hole in your pocket!
Here are some suggestions for you.
Get a Dog That Suits Your Lifestyle
While the cost of caring for just about any dog is high, if you choose the right dog for you and your family, you'll be able to save a lot. For example, if you want a dog because you could really use some good company, you don't need to get a puppy. An adult dog will cost you a lot less now and in the long run too.
Furthermore, if there's no one in your household who can regularly exercise a dog
, there's no need getting one that needs exercise. Getting a lapdog or a breed that requires moderate to no exercise will be the best thing to do.
Active dogs that aren't given enough exercise can become obese which in turn can lead to other health problems. They also tend to resort to bad behavior such as damaging furniture or digging holes in the garden. You certainly don't want to bear costs of new furniture or waste time touching up your garden.
Adopt Instead of Buying a Dog
It is always preferable to adopt a dog from a pet shelter instead of buying one from a pet shop. That's because pups at a pet shop might have come from a puppy mill.
Dogs at puppy mills are kept in inhumane conditions which can greatly affect their temperament. They could also be prone to various diseases. As such, your chances of buying a mentally and physically healthy puppy at a pet store are low. Even if you can't see any problem with a pup, some problems may develop at a later stage. Obviously, this will mean more trips to the vet in the future.
By adopting a dog from a pet shelter, you will have to pay less to bring it home. The pet shelter authorities will let you know if a dog has any health or behavioral problems. They will also have taken necessary steps to treat the dog. And what's more, you can be proud of yourself for doing your bit to put an end to cruel puppy mills!
Additionally, you can consider buying a pet from a responsible breeder
. Just make sure that you're not being tricked by an irresponsible breeder.
Go For Mix Breed
Adopting or buying a mixed breed dog is preferable over going for a pure-bred dog. Pure bred dogs run the risk of carrying hereditary diseases which can cost you a lot of money later on.
By going for mixed breed, your chances of bringing home a healthy dog are high.
Spay or Neuter Your Dog
Dogs at pet shelters are usually spayed or neutered. If the dog you’re adopting isn’t, the authorities will do it before you take your dog home. Spaying or neutering not only helps control pet population, it also prevents your pet from contracting a range of diseases.
Spaying a female dog reduces the risk of uterine cancer and mammary cancer. Further to this, a spayed female doesn't stand the chance to develop uterine infections or other complications brought about by pregnancy. Moreover, if you're barely able to own one pet, you should get it spayed before you have a whole litter to deal with.
Neutering a male decreases its chance of contracting prostate disease. Neutered dogs are not prone to wander far away from home or resort to destructive or aggressive behavior.
So if you want to save on vet and dog training bills, you know what to do!
Learn to DIY
Dogs need regular grooming just as we do. Going to a professional to give your pooch a bath or a thorough brushing, or getting its nails trimmed will cost you a lot. Your best way to curb your expenses is by going the DIY way.
Be sure to brush your dog’s coat daily and give it a bath once in three months. Check your dog’s coat regularly for flea or tick infestations. And do trim and file your pet’s nails to an appropriate length. Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science and with practice, you’ll be a pro!
It’ll also help if you make nutritional dog food and yummy treats at home.
Don’t Ditch the Vet
If you get a hang of the DIY thing, don’t forget the vet. Your vet will be able to give your pooch a thorough examination and be able to identify any problems before they get out of hand. A stitch in time saves nine and you can be sure of saving money if you address your furry pal’s health problems when they can be easily cured.
Sure regular vet visits may cost you, but you can easily save money elsewhere. For example, you can save money by ordering free samples
of pet-related products. You can also get your dog tested for free at certain pet hospitals!
Compare Prices Wherever Possible
Whether you’re buying medicines, insurance, or toys for your pooch, be sure to compare prices. Some vets may charge a relatively higher price for a routine check-up than another. Do note that it’s more important to find a vet who is experienced and knows what he/she does.
You can also save money by purchasing generic medicines instead of brand names, and buying them from online or mail stores instead of from the vet.
Now that you know it’s possible to own a dog on a budget, what are you waiting for? Just keep these tips in mind and bring home your new friend!
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