Top Tips for Affordable Pet CareBy Sam Weeks | September 29, 2020
There’s nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of those close to us — including our four-legged friends. However as much as we love them, pets can prove to be an added expense. Food, grooming and vet bills all add up but the last thing you want to do is cut corners on looking after everyone’s favourite member of the family.
The good news is that through careful planning and research, owning a pet doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many simple steps you can take to provide exceptional pet care, increasing the health and happiness of your furry companion.
Read on to discover our top tips for affordable ways to look after your pet.
Quality over quantity
It might be tempting to reach for a cheaper bag of pet food at the supermarket, however this is not an area for cost cutting. Less expensive food often has correspondingly lower nutritional value and may cause long term health issues for your pet. Always purchase the best quality pet food that fits within your budget.
It is also important to follow the advice given by your vet before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Prescription diets are often very effective in treating a variety of conditions including diabetes and obesity, and cheaper food may not provide all the vitamins, minerals and grains that are required to prevent health issues.
Hygiene is important
Take the time to regularly groom your pet; brush their coat, teeth and trim their nails (following professional guidance). Doing this yourself creates an excellent opportunity to bond with your furry friend and can also reduce the risk of skin irritations and mouth infections.
By brushing and attending to your pet, you are also more likely to pick up on lesions and abnormalities which can act as an indication of more serious disease. Catching these issues early is important for your pet’s health and also means that any required treatment is likely to be less expensive.
Don’t skip out on health care
Affordable pet care often begins with preventative measures. One of the best ways you can prevent long-term health issues (which can be very expensive) is to adhere to your pet’s vaccination schedule and regularly take them to the vet for check ups.
Whilst from a cost-saving perspective this may seem counter intuitive, your vet is an expert in your pet’s health and can pick up on small issues early that can then be solved with simple and inexpensive medication — far preferable to costly and invasive surgery further down the line.
Owning a pet is a big responsibility and it’s important to make sure that you are adequately prepared for any surprises along the way. Many financial experts recommend setting up a separate account and putting away a little bit of money every month to plan for your pet’s bills. Doing so should make budgeting far easier and will ensure that you are well prepared for any unexpected costs.
Given the happiness that they bring, the health of your pet should not be an area of financial concern or stress. Here at Vets on Call, we offer a range of affordable services and deliver high quality pet care, right to your door. Our transparent pricing system means no more unexpected bills and we are compatible with all pet insurance plans. Contact us today for affordable, quality care and know that your pet is in the best of hands.