20 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Pet

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17. Look for Coupons Keeping an eye out for coupons is a great way to save money. Look for them in your local paper or on websites like Coupons.com. There are also websites that continually offer discounts on products, like Wag.com and Dog.com, but remember to take shipping into account if you purchase from these sites.

18. Know Your Pet

As a responsible pet owner, you should know as much as possible about your pet. Do research online or at a library and investigate if your specific pet or breed may be susceptible to any specific diseases or other risks. This knowledge can help you be aware of important preventive care steps and be on the lookout for hereditary diseases or conditions so they can be treated earlier.

19. Teach Basic Training at Home

For experienced and committed dog owners, DIY training can be a great way to save some cash. There are a number of books you can purchase or borrow, like AKC STAR Puppy: A Positive Behavioral Approach to Puppy Training, as well as free or inexpensive apps such as Puppy Coach 101 that can guide you through a training program.

If you're new to training, have a dog with strong instincts (like an Akita or Alaskan Malamute)or know that you need structure in order to follow through on training lessons, you might want to consider paying for a basic obedience group class. This can save you big bucks down the line and keep your dog from developing bad habits. Proper training, whether it's done at home, in class or with a personal trainer, is of the utmost importance.

20. Skip Designer Cat Trees

It can be tempting to spoil your cat with an expensive tree or perch, but they might not be necessary if you already have a good number of toys and scratchers. If you really want to buy one, look for inexpensive multilevel trees that will give your cat plenty of room. You can also get creative and DIY your own tree to save money.

If you’re hesitant about trying any of these tips on your own, seek a professional opinion before moving forward. Be smart about the areas you decide to spend less money on and always remember that no amount of money saved is worth a risky home remedy and your pet's health or safety.

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