It’s a shame furry friends can’t pay for themselves. Though wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup won’t stop those bills from rolling in at the end of the month. Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog owners to cut down on costs.
Log on for discounts. Sites like Groupon feature daily deals for new toys, treats, day care, dog walkers and even grooming services for the pampered pup. Sites like doggyloot.com also offer online deals and printable coupons. They feature treats and toys as well as products like brushes and first aid kits.
Dog duds for the sporty or posh pup also are available on sites like dealwagger.com or dog.com. Following a company’s social media account, website, membership club or email list will bring deals even closer. Need a good deal in a hurry? Try a thrift shop, or ask your vet if he or she knows of any local deals.
Do it yourself. As the sun gets brighter and days get hotter, dogs can burn through a lot of energy and bags of food. But with each bowlful of chow comes an ever-increasing price tag. Combat those costs by spending a bit of time in the kitchen.
Some owners make their own dog food, including dishes ranging from diced liver to peanut butter biscuits. There are all sorts of free recipes online and books in stores. Home-cooked meals can also make for a happy, healthy and longer-living pet. Just ask Your Pet Chef founder and cookbook author Lisa Hennessy. “It really is so much better for people to make their own dog food for a better diet,” Hennessy said. “You save so much more money in the long run.”