Around this time of year kids start to behave a lot better. Perhaps in hopes of getting that puppy or hamster they have wanted. Here are some pet saving tips and ideas for you to consider if a pet is in your future.
Before buying a pet, research how much it will cost to care for. Take into account the cost of food, medical expenses, toys, accessories, and training time.
Smaller pets such as mice and hamsters are much less expensive to keep than larger pets like dogs. They also require less attention.
Consider adopting a pet from the local animal shelter rather than purchasing from a pet store or breeder.
Make your own pet toys. Pets are like babies. They're more likely to enjoy the box the toy came in than the toy itself. You've got plenty of interesting, entertaining, and chewable items lying around the house already.
Consider purchasing and installing pet doors. This will reduce the cost of heating your house in winter and cooling it in summer as you won't have to open and close the door for your pet each time he must go out.
Compare prices on pet food. Most brand names come with basically the same ingredients, but their prices can vary greatly. Comparison shopping can save you a significant amount of money. Purchasing food in bulk, when possible, at warehouse and discount pet stores can save you money. Be sure to compare these prices against sales at local stores that can sometimes be even better. Consider making your own pet food. There are a number of books that have recipes you can find at your local library, or you can go online into many pet specific sites and discussion groups to learn how to do this. Always feed your pet the correct amount of food. Overfeeding pets is common, which not only costs extra in terms of money for food, but also in health and vet costs.
Get the proper treatments, shots, and vaccinations for your pet when they are recommended. Failing to do so will likely cost you hundreds of dollars in later medical expenses. When pet ailments occur, take care of them right away to help prevent costlier treatment in the long run. Vet prices can vary quite dramatically. Take the time to call and compare local vet prices. Choosing your vet solely on the lowest prices, however, should be avoided. You want a vet that you can trust with your pet's life if an emergency situation does come about. The best way to find a trustworthy vet at a reasonable price is to ask your friends and neighbors who have pets. If your pet is a former stray, let your vet know. Some give discounts when treating former stray animals.
Learn to groom your pet yourself. Your local library or the Internet will have information on how to properly groom your pet. Although certain pets need special grooming care, most pets you can groom yourself and save the expense of paying a professional.
You can't put a price on the joy a pet can bring, but a few of these tips can help you save.