Pet Parenting: Where To Save And Where To Splurge

Dogs are an important part of our families and, if you’re like me, you treat them as if they are your actual child! We all want the best for our fur babies, but any loving pet parent knows that taking care of Fido can get really expensive really fast. Between checkups, baths, flea prevention and food, it seems like everyday there’s a new expense or something we have to buy for our pet… time to say goodbye to that paycheck!


We’ve all gotten a bill from the vet or held a receipt from the pet store and wondered “Why is this so expensive? Does my dog really need it? Is there a cheaper option I could go with instead?”


The truth is when it comes to caring for animals, there are many different options we have as pet parents. It’s good to recognize that there are plenty of less expensive options available to us, but on the other hand, you have to know what expenses you should never skimp out on!


2 Places Where you need to spend:


The Groomer: Taking your dog to the groomer is a bigger deal than you think… it’s not just about getting a bath! Groomers take care of many important hygiene issues such as clipping nails, cleaning ears and draining anal glands (I know, it’s gross, but it’s so important for your dog’s health!). Keep up their hygiene with monthly appointments and make sure to do your research so you can find a reputable professional in your area.


Food: Never, I repeat never, skimp out on your dog’s food! Making sure your pooch has the nourishment they need is vital… it will have a lasting impact on their health and may even determine how many years you get with your fur baby! To see how your dog’s food stacks up, check out it’s rating on Dog Food Advisor.


2 Places Where you can save:


Treats: I know what you’re thinking, “You told me not to buy cheap dog food, so why can I buy cheap treats?” Well, that’s the thing, you shouldn’t buy treats, you should make your own instead! Don’t worry, doing this won’t transport you to another level of dog-craziness, but it will actually save you tons of money and make sure your dog is getting fresh, healthy treats! You can look through some of our super easy treat recipes here and find the perfect one for your dog’s taste!


Spay and Neuter Clinics: First off, you have to remember that the process of spaying or neutering your dog is a big deal. It’s a surgery, and with any surgery comes the need for in-depth research and careful preparation. For this procedure, you can either bring your dog to a veterinarian office or to a lower cost spay and neuter clinic. The price differences between the two options are crazy, sometimes they can be hundreds of dollars apart! We had Meeka spayed at a lower cost clinic which was a part of our local humane society… but we made sure to do our research first! No matter what option you choose, make sure to read online reviews and ask other pet parents in your area about their experiences with local clinics.

Do you have any other tips or suggestions on how pet parents can save money? Let us know in the comments!


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