It’s no secret that inflation and the cost of living have recently risen to worrying heights. With experts predicting that this economic squeeze will be here to stay for several months, we are all looking for ways to make savings. Pet owners are no exception to this, so we’re here to outline the most efficient ways to save money without compromising the normal happy lives of our furry friends.
1. Prioritise Preventative Health
Keeping your companion in great health is key to avoiding future, potentially costly, issues. Many vets now offer health plans that include essential health preventions, such as vaccines and worming treatment, whilst making savings and spreading costs. Additionally, it’s important to invest time in maintaining your pet’s general health. In the U.K. alone there is a large subset of obese animals, by keeping your pets lean and fit they will be at less risk of long-term issues such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. Another extremely common issue that we can help to prevent at home is dental disease, by regularly brushing our pets teeth, using specific pet toothpastes and toothbrushes, we can delay the progression of dental problems that often need to be treated by a vet.
2. Take Out Pet Insurance
Unfortunately, most health issues and vet trips are unexpected. Coupling this with the high standard of healthcare vets are now able to give to pets, chronic conditions or unexpected surgeries can be costly. Taking out pet insurance not only makes affording the best treatments available for your pets an option, it also gives you peace of mind should your pet ever need veterinary treatment. A top tip is to use comparison sites to find the best insurance option for you and your pet but remember lifetime policies are often best as yearly policies will often not cover for any diagnosed conditions the next year.
3. Save on Treats
During these trying times you may be able to save on your monthly treat spend. A great way to do this is to take out a portion of your pet’s normal food and use this as your training treats, this also helps with weight management! If your pet enjoys some variability then you can try cheaper, healthier snacks and treats like chopped carrot.
The rise of modern-day second-hand markets has also been beneficial for pets. There are plenty of online marketplaces where you can pick up good quality second hand pet supplies such as cat towers, beds, and toys. This can save on your spending and is better for the environment!
5. Save on Food
A good quality pet food is essential but that doesn’t mean there aren’t savings to be made. Often pet food companies, like OMNI, have subscription services that result in discounts on overall price and may include free shipping. Even if this is not the case, it’s often more cost efficient to buy the larger sizes of your chosen food, some quick maths and forward planning can certainly come in handy.
6. Groom at Home
While, depending on breed, your fluffy friend may have professional grooming requirements, you may be able to do some of the intermittent work yourself. With input from a vet or experienced groomer and good behavioural training, you may be able to do some grooming at home such as nail clipping and shampooing.
7. Efficient Walking
Taking time to establish the best local dog walks can be an excellent way to reduce having to drive to places further away. A great place to start for this is online walking forums and websites and via local dog walking groups. You might be surprised at all the local places you’ve never been! An added benefit of talking to other local dog owners is that you may be able to find a group that can walk your dog as a favour on the days you’re unable.