Keeping your pets happy without breaking a bank.

Keeping your pets happy without breaking a bank. Image: Pixabay

Expert hacks: How to keep pets thriving on a budget

Pets experts emphasise that maintaining your pet’s health can require less budget and be affordable without compromising quality care.

Keeping your pets happy without breaking a bank.

Keeping your pets happy without breaking a bank. Image: Pixabay

Pets bring immense joy and companionship to our lives, but as pet owners, we are responsible for ensuring their happiness and well-being. However, maintaining your pet’s health doesn’t have to break the bank. With creativity and resourcefulness, keeping our furry friends healthy and content is possible without straining our budgets. 

Jason Higgs, the Senior Deals Strategist at Bountii, provides several cost-effective strategies for pet care. 

Feed Your Pets Nutritious Homemade Meals

Preparing homemade meals for your pets can be a cost-effective and nutritious alternative to store-bought pet food. Jason recommends incorporating wholesome ingredients like lean meats, vegetables, and grains into your pet’s diet. 

‘For example, boiling chicken or turkey with brown rice and mixed vegetables can provide a balanced meal for dogs. Similarly, cooked salmon can be a nutritious option for cats,’ Jason says. 

Buying ingredients in bulk and preparing meals in batches can save money while ensuring your pet receives high-quality nutrition.

Create An Exercise Routine For Your Pets

Regular exercise is essential for maintaining your pet’s physical and mental health. Instead of a costly gym membership for yourself and expensive toys for your pet, engage in fun and interactive activities with your pet. Take your dog for daily walks or runs in the park, play fetch with a ball or frisbee, or set up an obstacle course in your backyard. 

Create a stimulating environment for indoor cats with climbing towers, scratching posts, and interactive toys. Jason says, ‘By incorporating exercise with your pet into your daily routine, you can promote your pet’s well-being and your own fitness while saving money.’

Give Your Pet A New Hairstyle

Regular grooming is crucial for keeping your pet clean and healthy, but professional grooming services can be expensive. Instead, invest in affordable home grooming tools like brushes, combs, and nail clippers, and learn to groom your pet at home. 

Jason suggests establishing a grooming routine that includes brushing your pet’s coat to remove loose fur and prevent matting, trimming their nails to maintain a proper length, and cleaning their ears and teeth regularly. 

‘Additionally, bathing your pet with mild pet-friendly shampoo can help keep their skin and coat clean without the need for frequent professional grooming appointments,’ Jason adds.

Practice Preventive Care

Preventive care is key to avoiding costly veterinary bills down the line. Schedule regular wellness exams with your veterinarian to monitor your pet’s health and address any potential issues early on. Stay up-to-date on vaccinations, flea and tick preventives, and heartworm medication to protect your pet from common illnesses and parasites. 

Additionally, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly or providing dental treats or toys for chewing. By investing in preventive care measures, you can help keep your pet healthy and avoid expensive medical treatments.

Use Community Resources

Take advantage of local community resources that offer affordable pet care services and assistance to pet owners in need. Jason advises, ‘Look for low-cost vaccination clinics, spay/neuter programs, and pet food banks in your area. These resources can help alleviate financial strain while ensuring your pet receives essential care.’

DIY Your Pet’s Toys And Treats

Get creative and make your own toys and treats for your pet using household items. Repurpose cardboard boxes into puzzle feeders or hiding spots for treats. Create DIY toys using old t-shirts, socks, or towels by tying knots or braiding them into chew toys. You can also fill empty plastic bottles with treats or kibble for an inexpensive and entertaining toy.

Bulk Buy Like A Pro

Purchase pet supplies in bulk to save money in the long run. Look for bulk discounts on pet food, litter, and grooming supplies at wholesale stores or online retailers. Jason says, ‘Buying in bulk allows you to stock up on essentials at a lower cost per unit, reducing the frequency of trips to the store and saving you money over time.’

Get Involved In Online Communities

Join online pet-related communities and forums where members share tips, advice, and resources for affordable pet care. These communities often provide valuable insights into cost-effective pet care options, from homemade remedies to budget-friendly products. Additionally, explore online marketplaces for discounted pet supplies and gently used items like toys, beds, and accessories.

Jason says, ‘Keeping pets happy and healthy doesn’t have to be a financial burden. Remember, the love and companionship our pets provide are priceless, and with some creativity and resourcefulness, we can ensure they lead happy and fulfilling lives without breaking the bank.’