Is owning a dog putting a bite on your budget? Rather than giving your family friend away, look into some ways that you can save money while still keeping your dog. We did that very thing recently in our household and here is a list of tips that I would like to share with you;
Don’t Let Your Dog Eat You Out of House and Home
Feeding your dog cheap food won’t necessarily be a good deal in the long run. Your dogs health is very dependent upon the food that it eats, so making sure the food you feed it is loaded with ingredients that are good for dogs is very important. You don’t have to buy the most expensive food, either, just make sure that it is low in fillers and your dog will likely eat less as it fills up faster. Raw food diets are another possibility if you can deal with the greater preparation
Accessories Make the Dog
Collars and leashes don’t have to be fancy to do the job. Having a collar that fits well and is comfortable for you dog and a leash that is sturdy are all that is necessary for a walk. Designer ceramic bowls are not going to make your dog’s food taste any better, so opt for less expensive options like metal, if your dog is a chewer, or plastic.
Looking Good For Less: Grooming at Home
Many people will cut their children’s hair at home, so why not your dog’s. A simple pair of scissors is all that I use to make our dog look good. She won’t win any dog shows, but it does the job, and some of my friends have asked me to work on their dogs, too.
Don’t Let the Prices of Medicine Make You Sick
Buying online is a great way to save some money on these expensive medications and treatments (for fleas and ticks and heartworm, etc). Make sure you go with a reputable site that carries the brands that you like so there aren’t any surprises.
Let’s Get Physical
You need exercise and so does your dog, so why not combine the two and keep both of you healthy. Walking is the best exercise for your dog, so go to the local park, or just around your neighborhood. Also, rather than buying a bunch of toys that will never get played with the simplest things, like sticks and balls, are always popular things for your dog to play with. Our dog especially likes to fetch and play tug-of-war, so putting a ball in the toe of an old sock and
tying it shut keeps her entertained for hours.
The Vet is Your Friend
Find a good vet and stick with them. You may end up paying more for the vet you like, but knowing that he knows and cares for your dog will give you a lot of piece of mind when those emergency situations do arise.
Sarah Coleman is a dog owner who lives on a budget and also espouses frugal principles to those she encounters at her job with a personal-loans company. She and her family have seen first-hand the benefits of having a loyal friend and encourage others to make room in their lives for one as well!