New Year, New Budget: Pet Budgeting Tips

Whether you’re getting a new pet this year or just looking for ways to save money on current pet expenses, here’s some tips we think will help.

Budgeting and Diets

Pet food is a recurring expense that one of the easiest things to budget for – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality to do it. Pet stores have various sales and discounts throughout the year, even on high quality food brands, so you should always check for those whenever you go shopping for toys, litter, and other items. If food is set to expire in a few months, many pet stores will start to offer discounts, and you can always find coupons online.

Budgeting and Vacation

If you have to leave your pet behind, kennels are usually the go-to option. But pet kennels can be expensive if you’re leaving for quite some time. This is the perfect opportunity to utilize your loving family and friends who may be happy to watch, or at least check on, your pets while you’re away. There are also pet sitting apps that are typically cheaper than professional kennels.

If you don’t like, or cannot, leave your dog at home when you go to work, many companies are letting employees bring their dogs to work with them. Check with your HR department to see if this is an option for you. Just don’t get too distracted!

Budgeting and Hygiene

Grooming bills are another pet expense that can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Though convenient, if you are on a tight budget you should consider doing some of the basic care yourself. Brush your pet’s fur and teeth regularly, give him a bath when he needs it, and clip his nails frequently. Not only does this give you some good quality time with your pet, you’ll make him feel like a million bucks. Whenever you visit us, ask your vet how to do these things properly to avoid putting your pet at risk.

Budgeting and Us!

So you’re making sure your pet has a healthy diet and exercise – great! You’re already saving money on future medical costs. However, some things are inevitable, and your pet will get sick at some point in his life. We also cannot predict when our pets have accidents and these costs can easily add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars. Have a pet savings fund, putting away a little amount each money for a rainy day. You should also look into pet insurance, to help alleviate many pet expenses down the road. For routine examinations, cleanings, and more, be on the lookout for any specials we have and take advantage of them. We’re here to help you!