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4 Ways to Save on Pet Care (And Introducing Babble Pets)


I am so excited about Babble’s newest blog — Babble Pets launched today!

I have never been without a pet. Growing up, we had a dog and a never-ending cycle of cats. Right now, we have a dog and two cats of our own. (That’s Nemo. His brother, 8-Bit is a bit camera shy.)

In our 15 years of marriage, we’ve also had a turtle, hamster, ferret, birds, and dozens of fish. I just can’t imagine a life without pets to fill our home.

That’s why I’m looking forward to checking out Babble Pets, a fun blog featuring family stories, adorable pets, and pet care tips.

So, I’d like to start you out with a few tips of my own. Here are 4 ways our family keeps pet care costs under control:

  • DIY Grooming: Our shepherd doesn’t really need groomed, so we’re lucky there. I remember my dad pulling out the clippers every summer to groom our cocker spaniel. We also trim our pets’ claws at home. A pair of nail clippers is less than $15, and it’s a pretty simple process every month.
  • Low Cost Clinics: The FACE clinic in Indianapolis offers low cost spay, neuter, and vaccination services. Find a pet care clinic in your area to save a lot of money. Pet Paws Plus offers affordable care clinics in 16 states. Universities with a veterinary program may also have options available.
  • Discount Pet Meds: Pet supplies on eBay are usually a pretty good bargain. You can find inexpensive pet meds, like flea & tick medication. I also find good prices at Pets Warehouse. For prescription medications, check with your local pharmacy! When our Indy needed some pain medication in his last days, the $4 generics were a much better option than the same $30 prescription from our vet.
  • Coupons & Deals: Watch for bargains and coupons on the pet foods you buy, and stock up when you catch a good deal. You can also frequently find pet toys and bowls in the Target dollar spot. Their ropes are actually the only ones our dog doesn’t destroy instantly. (Yeti’s a little hard on toys.)

For more pet care tips and other fun stories on our furry friends, check out Babble Pets! And, be sure to follow Babble Pets on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the day.

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More on Babble.com:
Planning Our Non-Vacation
The Play Clothes Drawer
Meet the World’s Smallest Dog

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
How to Save Money on Pet Care

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