It’s a fact – we love our pets. Their eyes, head tilts and tail wags tug at our heartstrings more than nearly anything else. However, those “looks” can put our budget in jeopardy if we are not careful. Here are a few ways you can put your dog on a budget without feeling guilty.
Let’s start with pet selection. Adopting from a shelter often is less expensive than buying from a breeder or a reputable pet store. Look for adoption specials and adopt a pet on the days when there is a reduced fee. Even if you pay the regular adoption fee, it will be less expensive than buying from a breeder or pet store. Pet adoption not only helps your budget, it also fills your heart by knowing you may have saved a pet’s life. In addition, adopting from a local shelter can connect you to a network of pet lovers who can support you and your pet as you both transition to this new lifestyle.
The next way to save money with your pet is to look for a high-quality pet food. High quality does not always mean more expensive. Diamond Naturals Grain-Free is an affordable dog food that is energy dense. Because it is grain-free, it has more concentrated energy and higher protein and fat levels that allow you to feed less quantity, saving you money and fueling your pet for all day fun. It’s important to read the label on the bag of pet food and measure the food to ensure you are feeding your dog the right amount. Often, pet owners are not aware they are feeding too much. Feeding the incorrect amount not only causes you to buy more food; it may end up increasing your veterinarian bills down the road due to your pet being overweight.
Finally, look for ways to save on toys and other accessories. Thrift stores, garage sales and other similar retail outlets are a great way to find inexpensive toys. You also can easily make your own toys by mimicking store-bought toys by looking closely at how they are made. Be sure to use safe materials and watch your pet closely.