For a dog lover on a fixed income or budget the idea of opening up your home to the expense of a pup might seem impossible. Fortunately it could be easier than you think. Here at NuVet we are happy to tell you that by putting a few careful money-saving tips into action you might find it less expensive than you thought to own a lovable canine.
Adopt a mixed breed dog
Many animal experts believe that mixed breed dogs, especially ones that received all of their vaccinations, are healthier because they are free of many of the inherited genetic defects and health problems that seem to plague purebred dogs. As a result, the owner of a mixed-breed dog may not incur the medical expenses that the parents of purebred dogs potentially find themselves facing.
Get pet insurance
Pet insurance comes in handy for those unexpected visits to the vet. Just like with human health insurance, with animal pet insurance you regularly pay a monthly, quarterly or even yearly fee to an approved animal insurance company. Then the next time an unplanned visit to the vet arises; you will most likely only find yourself having to pay a co-pay. This fee will vary by insurance company and the particular plan you may have it is always good to do some thorough research before selecting a pet insurance company right for you.
Look for reduced vaccination programs
If you find yourself struggling to pay for Fido’s vaccinations, don’t despair. You may be able to find reduced-priced vaccination programs through local animal shelters and veterinarians. Don’t be afraid to make a few phone calls or pay a visit or two to a local animal shelter to see if they offer a reduced-priced vaccination program. Remember a dog that adheres to a regular vaccination schedule is a healthier dog and thus less expensive!
Who says that coupons are just for human stuff? Believe it or not there are plenty of coupons available for a whole slew of dog foods and other dog supplies. The Internet can be very helpful in tracking down great doggie deals. Also, don’t forget to see if your local pet supply store has any customer appreciation programs you can sign up for. The benefits of these can really add up and may even include freebies for your dog.
Make your own puppy treats
The Internet is swarming with tasty doggie treat recipes. There are enough out there to keep your dog in tasty yum-yums for months to come. Treats range from sweet to savory to even nibbles you can share with your dog! Because you will be making the treats yourself, you can spend as much or as little as you want on the ingredients, which can makes them budget friendly.
Become a parent to a smaller dog
If you have your heart set on a Mastiff it might be difficult to realize that you only have a Chihuahua budget. With this in mind, why not consider opening your home and heart to a smaller dog? What they lack in size they certainly make up for (like their larger counterparts) in spirit, loyalty and unconditional love. Better still, smaller dogs literally require less in the way of food and other material supplies.