‘Save money on your pets in a cost of living crisis,’ says Grantham expert
With the cost of living crisis set to remain and potentially worsen over the next few months, I thought I’d use this month’s article to share some money saving tips to help you keep your pets in their essentials, says pet expert Sara Barnes of wholetsyourdogoutuk.com
Animal rescues across the country are already reporting an increase in the number of abandoned pets and many are still full to capacity.
1 – Shop around for pet food and other supplies. Don’t just check local stores, consider online stores as well. Last week I managed to combine a half price buy and a discount card and saved nearly £11 per bag on dog food. If you have discount/loyalty cards, make sure you make the most of them. If you can afford to buy in bulk/bulk packs this often, that alone will save you money.
2 – Practice portion control with your pets. Around 40% of dogs in the UK are overweight, and cats and other pets aren’t that far behind. So a great way to save money and help your pet reach and maintain a healthy weight is to weigh their food rather than guess what you’re feeding them. Remember to check the directions on the package and aim for what they should weigh rather than what they weigh.
3 – If you need general training support, see if local pet charities offer classes that will meet your needs. These will often be at least 50% cheaper than a private trainer.
4 – Get brushing. If you have a dog that needs regular grooming, invest in the proper brushes/combs to take care of their coat. This can allow you to extend visits between visits to the groomers. If you’re really brave, you can also invest in clippers and an online grooming course.
5 – Don’t forget to brush your teeth. The most common cause of tooth decay and gum disease in dogs is their owners not brushing their teeth, or doing it incorrectly. If you need to polish and scale your dog’s teeth, it can cost up to £233, while a toothbrush and toothpaste cost around £10.
It is also advisable to insure your pets; yes, it will cost you more initially, but if you have to claim it, it will save you money. Remember that most of the time you have to pay and then claim a refund, so having a credit card for pet emergencies is also a good idea.