If you’re a student who has taken on the stress of college and being a pet parent you now know that caring for an animal is expensive. Thanks to inflation, the cost of essentials is going up – food, litter, toys, literally everything. You shouldn’t have to live on Top Ramen just to make up for an expensive vet bill either. Fortunately, there are things you can do and resources available that can significantly reduce the costs of caring for a pet.
1. Don’t pay top dollar for a spay or neuter procedures.
Like Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit, there are affordable, low-cost veterinarians that will do the procedure for 1/3 or even 1/2 the price of regular vets. Spaying and neutering your pet doesn’t just save you from the costs of caring for a litter of kittens or puppies in the future. The money spent on these procedures can prevent very painful, potentially fatal reproductive organ diseases, such as pyometra (an infection of the uterus), ovarian neoplasia (ovarian tumors) and prostatitis (inflammation or infection of the prostate gland).
2. Keep your pet lean.
Make sure to provide your animal with a balanced, nutritious diet, put play time at the top of your list and take them for walks at least once a day. Your dog may also enjoy socializing with other pups, so consider trips to the dog park where they can run free. If you’re a cat owner, use a chase toy to get them out of their nap mode and be interactive.