Owning pets require more than just feeding and playing with them. Healthcare should be given importance to ensure your pets live a happy life away from debilitating illnesses. But we all know that pet healthcare can be expensive. Still, there are ways you can do to save money while keeping them healthy at the same time.
1. Have regular check-ups
Skipping annual check-ups may cost you more than expected, especially when they’re hit with a fatal illness which could’ve been avoided. Remember that prevention is better than cure.
2. Customize vaccinations
Usually, you can choose what shots you want your pet to have. Never ever skip vaccines, either mandated by law or standard shots strongly recommended by your vet. These can save your pet from fatal diseases which can also save your money in the long run.
3. Think of spay and neutering your pet
Consider neutering/spaying your pets to save them from possible problems like testicular and ovarian cancer. Many shelters give low-cost or even free services for this kind of operation.
4. Brush their teeth regularly
A dental routine will not only keep their teeth healthy but also prevent diseases which can lead to kidney and heart problems. Ask your vet for products that are suitable for your pets and how often they should be used. Never use your own toothpaste. It contains fluoride which may irritate their digestive tract.
5. Shield them from parasites
Infestation of ticks and fleas may seem normal but it can be costly to treat once they start causing skin problems and even fatal blood loss to your pets. Use topical solutions to keep these pests away. Don’t try using medications for cats or humans on dogs. It’ll only do more harm than good.
6. Stop smoking
Pets can also suffer from secondhand smoke, causing bronchitis, lymphoma, or even lung cancer. Stopping smoking habits will save you money and also make the air around you, your family, and your pets safer and healthier.
7. Investing in pet insurance
Emergency treatments and medicine for serious diseases are very expensive. Pet insurance can save you money by having a prepared support when these situations happen. Read the fine print carefully, though. Some may have deductibles or other hidden charges that may surprise you.
8. Invest in quality food
The American Association of Feed Control Officials has prepared guidelines you can check when buying pet food. The ingredients listed in their guide will keep your pet’s nutrition sustained.
Also, avoid overfeeding your cute pets. They may look cute and cuddly when they’re fat but this can lead to obesity and other not so cute health problems.
9. Go for home grooming
You can just trim their nails and brush their hair regularly at home instead of going to a salon just to have them do these for you.
10. Clean your house regularly
Remove hazardous objects like small toys, chewable plastics, and other materials they may ingest, away from them. This will reduce the chances of having hairballs in cats and ingestion problems in dogs.
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