Everyone keeps saying times are tough. Believe me I know that. I have lived on a limited income for years. Being on a limited income makes a person become very inventive when handling their finances. That said, pets still need to be cared for. Our pets require care on a daily basis. They are not pieces of furniture. Think long and hard before you bring a pet into your home. And if you already have a pet then you know all too well the expenses associated with pet ownership.
Sadly many people have had to give up their pet because they could no longer afford them. I hope reading this might help someone who is considering that horrible alternative.
I myself am of course a pet owner. I have a mixed breed dog named Scooby. And a long haired cat named Baby. Grooming a long haired dog can be a challenge. And grooming him can be very expensive. I do not cut my cats hair but I brush him a lot.
Invest in a clipper set. You can find a good set for around $50.00.
Cutting your pets hair at home is not that hard, you can do it. Think of all the money you will save. The kit I bought included the scissors, clipper, deshedder and an instructional DVD.
Bath your dog at home. Or find a do-it-yourself dog bath in your area. Woofs is a place in Northern Virginia where you can bath your dog yourself and its only $18.00-$20.00 and that price includes everything from the tub to the shampoo and towels. Great price.
I bath Scooby outside with a hose in the summer months and he loves it. It cools him down and he loves being outside. When it turns cold I take him to an indoor do it yourself dog bath place. I think their tubs are easier to use for people who might have a hard time picking up a dog. They have an opening on the side of the tub so the pet can just walk into the tub to be bathed.
Visit your local shelter for shots and vaccines. Our local shelter offers clinics every month where you can get rabies shots for $10.00 per pet. That’s a lot less than the vets.
Speaking of vets ask your vet if they have any package deals on vaccines. You don’t know if you don’t ask. Also ask about low cost spaying and neutering plans. I take Baby and Scooby to the shelter for their rabies shots.
1-800-Pet-Meds Is a great low cost alternative to paying high prices for your pets medicine at the vets.
Your vet might try to get you to buy their medicines but I believe there is no difference between their meds and the meds from 1-800-pet-meds. I always buy generic meds for myself. You will need to get the script from the vet for 1-800-pet-meds.
If you are having a hard time taking care of your pet please call your local shelter. They might have programs available to help you with the costs of taking care of your pet instead of giving him up. Good luck.