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A Penny Saved is a Puppy Earned: Saving Money on Pets

Anyone who has owned a pet can attest to the fact that they aren’t cheap. Between food, vet visits, cute collars, and parasite preventions, pets can really beef up your budgetary needs. 

Pets are wonderful additions to any home and family, but no one likes to spend more than they need to on something. Hanford Veterinary Hospital definitely has some tricks to share when it comes to saving money on pets, and they aren’t all what you might expect!

Cutting Corners 

Just like with everything in life, there are places to cut corners and other places where trying to save money can end up costing you more. In our experience:


  • Listen to pet food recommendations on the Internet or from the pet store employees over ours. The most expensive food isn’t always best.
  • Likewise, don’t skimp on your pet’s nutrition. A high quality, balanced diet is essential for good health. Don’t forget, too, that very inexpensive foods often contain a lot of filler, requiring you to feed more than a more quality diet.
  • Choose less effective flea and tick preventions over prescription options.
  • Skip parasite prevention. Fleas, heartworms, ticks, and intestinal parasites can cost a lot of money.
  • Try DIY remedies at home without veterinary supervision. 
  • Try to avoid providing preventative wellness care for your pet. 
  • Spend money on advertised too-good-to-be-true pet products. 
  • Avoid making an appointment when your pet has a problem- oftentimes the sooner we act, the less expensive the solution. 

We see all-too-often the effects of trying to save a penny, and often they end up costing much more in the long run.

Tricks to Saving Money on Pets

Besides investing a little to save a lot, we have some other favorite strategies when it comes to saving money on pets. 

Pet insurance is actually a great way to save money on your pet’s medical care. While a monthly insurance premium may sound counterintuitive, pet insurance can be invaluable in situations that are unexpected such as a major injury or cancer diagnosis. There are many options out there nowadays, all with varying policies and premiums. You are likely to find something affordable that fits your pet if you just look.

Another favorite money saving trick that helps your pet’s mental engagement is to rotate toys. Be sure to put a few favorites away and when you bring them back out in a few weeks or months, your pet is likely to appreciate them again like they are new.

Learning to do your own grooming can save a lot of cash as well. With some instruction and patience, things like baths, nail trims (trimming your dog’s nails can be intimidating, but is very doable for most people), and ear cleaning can be done at home.

Dog treats can also be an expensive part of pet ownership, but making your own can save a little money and be a fun way to bond with your pet. There are lots of great homemade treat recipes to try. 

Owning a pet is definitely not about saving money, and our furry family is definitely worth the added expense, but why spend more money than you need to? Being sure to know where to try and save and where to focus your efforts is important, and our team is here to help to determine the best way to do so. 

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