If you're looking for ways to scale back your budget, don't forget to consider your pet's needs. Here are some ways you can make budget-conscious choices that can benefit your pet's health.
Buy food that best suits your pet's age, health and activity level.
Different pets have different nutritional needs. The right food can go a long way in helping to keep your pet at his healthiest. Your vet is a great place to start when trying to decide which food is right for your pet. Once you've made your choice, consider going online to the manufacturer's website to request coupons to save money or become part of a pet food club where you can buy in bulk. If you choose to purchase food in bulk, keep in mind that dry food should be stored in a cool, dry place in a plastic container. And be sure to check expiration dates frequently.
Measure your pet's food.
Save money — and help keep your pet's waistline in check — by measuring his food. This makes it harder to accidentally overfeed your pet. Overfeeding can lead to more money out of your pocket and more risk for your pet becoming obese, which can then lead to health woes like diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Keep toxic substances out of reach.
Make sure you store toxic foods, over-the-counter medicines and household cleaners in secure areas. Minimizing ingestion risks can potentially save your pet’s life and avoid a costly emergency veterinary visit.
Consider pet insurance.
Pet insurance can help offset expenses for unexpected treatment of injuries or illnesses that can cost thousands of dollars, and can save you money in the long run.
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