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9. Find Alternatives to Expensive Boarding
Instead of leaving your pet with an expensive boarder when you go on vacation, try looking for a hotel that allows pets. Check the hotel’s website or use online resources like PetsWelcome.com and PetsCanStay.com to find pet-friendly accommodations.
If you don’t want your pet to stay with you, check out alternative boarding options like DogVacay.com and Rover.com, which, depending on your geographic location, could cost more or less than standard boarding facilities. These websites offer regular homes with vetted owners that your pets can stay with starting as low as $15 a night. Keep in mind, though, that when using an option like this, you're responsible for making sure the home is a good fit for your pet. Don't be afraid to ask questions to find out what kinds of animals your pet will interact with, whether all other animals in the house are up-to-date on vaccines, as well as anything else you might need to know to feel comfortable leaving your pet.
A free boarding option is developing a pet-sitting system with any friends who also have pets. If they agree to watch your pet while you are away, return the favor when they go on vacation.
10. Get Pets Spayed or Neutered
Money spent on these procedures will keep you from having to spend even more on medical expenses associated with intact pets (such as an emergency surgery to remove an infected uterus), as well as the costs of caring for a litter of kittens or puppies in the future.
11. Make Exercise a Priority By making sure your pet gets regular exercise, you can ward off obesity and channel his energy into a productive action. This can save you money on future weight-related medical bills, not to mention replacing items chewed up out of boredom and excess energy in the long run. Consult with your vet about what exercises would be best for your pet.
12. Shop Around for Pet Insurance
It’s important to consider pet insurance before you run into serious health issues. Investigate all your options and compare prices to find the right policy for you. Sometimes the most expensive option doesn’t offer the right coverage for your pet, so do your research before spending money.
13. Buy in Bulk
When you see sales, stock up on products you definitely know your pet will use. Visit warehouse clubs to find good deals on large quantities of items your pet loves.
14. Learn Your Pet’s Routine and Behavior
If you know how your pet usually acts and he suddenly starts behaving differently, you may be able to tell something is wrong before it becomes serious and more costly to address. Know your pet, and if you see any changes in behavior, start investigating what may be the cause.
15.Buy Clumping Litter
Avoid expensive litters made from exotic ingredients and spend your money on clumping litter for cats. You’ll spend less on cleaning cat mess as a result. If you want some odor control, don’t shell out for litters with scents like lavender. Clumping litter with a touch of charcoal is less expensive and gets the job done.
16. Perform Routine Dental Care
Try to get your pet used to daily brushing and maintain good dental health practices at home in addition to routine dental exams at your veterinary clinic. Keeping your pet’s teeth clean all year long can help you avoid expensive procedures in the future. This isn't just a matter of your pet having better breath (although that's certainly a plus); poor dental health can also lead to tooth loss and infections that spread to the heart, liver and kidneys.
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