Here are eight ways to save £1,200 on your pet every year
It can be an expensive business to care for pets. As the cost of living crisis rages, people are looking for ways to cut costs without hurting the quality of life of their beloved pooches.
According to the PDSA, the average cost of care for a medium-sized dog is £27,000 over its lifetime. It’s a lot less for a cat, but still a whopping £12,000.
A personal finance expert from bon.co.uk shares money-saving tips in time for National Pet Month in April 2022. Andrea Knowles’ top tips include brushing your pets’ teeth to save up to £223 a year and checking the portion sizes of your pets.
Here’s the full list of money-saving tricks that can save your pet £1,200.
Eight easy ways to save money on your pet
Swap your local for a supermarket when buying pet food to save up to £40 a year
Local convenience stores can make your life easier, but it can also be more expensive. Which? a study found that it costs on average 9.5% more to shop in local stores than in large supermarkets.
Pet food prices can cost up to £400 a year. Therefore, a potential saving of nearly £40 is significant if you swap your corner shop for a supermarket.
Groom your pet between sessions to save £129 a year
Professional grooming will generally cost more compared to a DIY route. A grooming session costs around £43 per session, with the average dog needing around six sessions a year.
It can cost up to £258 a year, which you can put straight back into your pocket by doing these simple things. Stay on top of basic grooming tasks such as regular brushing or occasional bathing.
If you have a special breed like an Afghan hound and don’t know how to groom their shiny hair, watch free videos on YouTube. This way you could halve the number of sessions required and the price to £129.
Not only will you save money by extending the time needed between professional grooming sessions, but you will also bond with your pet and have a healthier, more loving relationship.
Start a walking or pet sitting club with your neighbors and save £705 a year
Paying for a dog walking service can be expensive, costing around £11.25 per walk or £585 per year, if the walk was to take place once a week. To recoup this amount, talk to neighbors, friends and family who own pets to ask if you can set up your own rotating dog walking service.
By planning your holiday you can also manage a pet sitting service, totally eliminating kennel boarding costs of around £120 per week. This brings the total annual saving to £705, including the pet walking saving.
Buy your prescriptions online to save 50%
Caring for bad pooches doesn’t have to be expensive. You can request the prescription and order what you need from a certified online pharmacy for a fraction of the cost. For example, petdrugsonline.co.uk claims to save you up to 76% on all pet care and they also have a rating of 4.9/5 according to Feefo.
Take your dog to charity training classes to save £115
You may be keen on training your dog, but it can get expensive. The average cost of a private group dog training course is £45 per session, so a four week course would cost you £180.
However, many local charities such as Dog’s Trust run cheaper four-week courses for just £65. That would be a saving of £115.
Check your pet’s portion sizes
Adults are also guilty of overeating, so don’t feel bad about implementing portion control when serving their food to pets. It’s estimated that 40% of dogs in the UK are overweight, so one way to get them to lose weight is to weigh their food.
To determine how much food you should give your dog, consult the fitness system to calculate if your dog is too thin, too heavy or ideal. You can then determine the correct portion of food from there.
Improve your dog’s dental hygiene and save up to £223 a year
One of the most common reasons for dental problems and gum disease in dogs is due to their owner not brushing their teeth properly or often enough. The average cost for a dentist to scale and polish a dog’s teeth is £233.
You can get toothbrushes and toothpaste costing less than a ten. Just follow the free guides shared by dentists online to give your dogs an inexpensive at-home teeth refresh.
Think about the big picture and get pet insurance to save money in the long run
Although buying pet insurance has a monthly or annual cost, enrolling your pet in a policy can help offset the costs of preventative care as well as accidents and illnesses. Get a policy as soon as you get a pet, because waiting until the animal is older increases its chances of needing a high-priced policy, due to underlying health issues.