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