Whether you’re a spender, a saver or somewhere in between, we understand that the caring for your pet can add up. As costs rise, responsible pet ownership can get expensive. To help reduce the impact, we’ve compiled some of our top tips to help save money when it comes to caring for your cat or dog.
There are both big and small ways to make more cost-effective choices, and depending on your lifestyle – and your pet – you may be able to tick them all off, or just adopt a few. First, let’s look at the quick and easy ways you can reduce your pet outgoings! No scrimping or reduced quality, just smart hacks.
Grooming at home
Depending on the type of pet you have and how frequently you visit the pet parlour, grooming your cat or dog at home could save you some money. If you’re equipped with the right tools, a steady hand and some patience, you can trim their fur, clip their nails and give their ears a good going over at home.
Quality over quantity
We know that some pets love variety, especially when it comes to toys, but it may be an option to buy a select few that are built to last, choosing durable options that can withstand some tugging and tearing. Depending on your pet and how enthusiastic they get with their toy, this may not be an option, but if it is, it could save you from spending little and often on unnecessary toys.
Make the most of offers
It may seem obvious, but paying close attention to special offers and discounts can help reduce how much you’re spending on both occasional treats and core essentials. We have a dedicated page for special offers for dogs and cats to check, with new offers and promotions added frequently.
Get friends to petsit
As more and more of us are frequently going into the office or starting to holiday again, the reality of relying on dog walkers and pet sitters is only too real. One solution is to ask friends to lend a hand and watch your furry pal while you’re out of the house. We only recommend this for short periods, and only if you dog is settled and comfortable when left alone between visits.
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Protect their future
We appreciate that when looking where costs can be cut, there can be a temptation to cancel services we don’t think we need, since we’ve never needed them to that point. Pet insurance falls into this category, but we would advise to think long and hard before cancelling an existing plan – and to consider setting one up if you don’t currently have one in place. Making small and regular payments to an insurance pot is the best way to ensure your pet can get the help they need if they do fall ill, develop a serious condition or get hurt. These lower, slower payments are preferable to an unexpected vet bill, which can be sizable and quickly spiral.
Food, glorious food
Your pet’s wellbeing pivots off of so many things, with their food and diet a core contributor to their overall health. We know that premium food can cost more than certain brands, but it’s worth investing in complete recipes that support essential functions, from joint health and digestion, to metabolism and energy. We recommend Canine Choice, a vet recipe that’s made with meat, health-boosting extras and no grains. The best bit? The fair pricing makes it affordable for most budgets, so there’s no compromising on quality.
Subscribe and save
Our Repeat Order service was designed to help busy pet parents, delivering your pet’s favourite food, treats, essential treatments and hygiene products, as regularly as you need. There’s often a saving to be made, with special offers and exclusive prices on a number of big brands and old classics. It can also be a great way to help with budgeting, with a regular payment and delivery set up so you know when your pet essentials are scheduled to arrive and how much they’ll cost.
Vaccines and regular flea and tick treatments
Managing and maintaining your pet’s essential vaccines can be a preventative exercise, ensuring they stay healthy and protected from certain diseases and illnesses. The same applies to parasite treatments, with regular, year-round applications ensuring they don’t suffer discomfort or experience a major outbreak. These treatments can be expensive, but they can prevent bigger issues and more expensive intervention in the future.
Knowing what’s best for your pet is personal, since you will know their specific needs and requirements, so you will know best where and what can be impacted when it comes to reducing quality or frequency. Remember, our Health Advisors are here to help, so whether you need advice on switching food, reducing treats or changing their treatment routine, they can offer guidance and recommendations whenever you need.