Smart Ways to Save on Pet Expenses
By: Jeff Noce, i4C Innovations President
Take a moment to think about this figure: $58 billion.
According to the American Pet Products Association, that’s how much Americans spent on our pets last year. For 2015, that number is expected to top $60 billion.
While that may seem like a staggering sum, as a dog dad, it doesn’t surprise me in the least. After all, for many of us, our pets are part of our families. They ask for so little yet give so much in the way of love, companionship and devotion. Is it any wonder, then, that we do everything we can to care for them?
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have unlimited resources to lavish our pets with everything we feel they deserve. But with a little forethought, we can meet their mental, physical and emotional needs and even have some left over to spoil them with.
These days a quick Google search lets you determine the best place to purchase everything from food to toys to dog shampoo. Keep in mind that many online and brick-and-mortar stores offer price-matching guarantees. So if you’re devoted to a particular retailer, don’t hesitate to check with them before hitting the “buy” button.
If your pet takes regular medications, re-filling prescriptions at your veterinary clinic is often the easiest, most convenient and least expensive option. Occasionally, a regular human pharmacy may have a better price but ask your vet first to make sure you’re getting the correct equivalent to what he or she carries.
Do It Yourself
If you are good with a hammer and nails or a sewing machine, you may be able to make some pet essentials at home. There are numerous plans and patterns online for creating everything from cat trees to dog beds.
Prevent Problems Before They Start
One of the best ways to avoid unexpected veterinary bills and potentially expensive treatments is to identify diseases and other conditions before they progress. That’s why taking your pet for an annual vet visit is one expense you never want to skimp on.
Along with regular check-ups, Voyce™ is an indispensible tool that helps you and your vet catch and address problems in the early stages. By tracking your dog’s heart, respiratory and activity rates, Voyce lets you quickly pinpoint any subtle changes that may signal the need for veterinary attention, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars down the road.
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