Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tightening Your Dog Care Budget

In these tough economic times you might be looking for ways to tighten your financial belt. If you've scrutinized your dog's care looking for ways to economize here are some points to consider.

When cutting back your canine expenses, routine care and feeding should not be short-changed. A less expensive dog food can wind up costing you more in the long run. Cheaper foods often have a lower nutritional value. Your dog will have to eat more to be satisfied and the lack of good nutrition could lead to increased veterinary bills.

Keep up your annual vet visit for your canine helper. The money saved by catching an illness or disease early is well worth the cost of a visit. Also continue vaccines as well as flea and tick prevention. The diseases that result from skipping these cost much more than the preventative measures.

One place to pinch pennies is with your dog's treats. If you price out dog treats per ounce they can be very expensive. Some treats can be as much as 39 cents an ounce. Compare that to a much healthier alternative like carrots that would only be 5 cents an ounce. Or measure out your dog's food for the day and use a tiny part of that for treats. Much of the pleasure your dog gets from treats comes from the attention it gets from you and the excitement in your voice when you dole out special rewards. So reward cheaper, healthier treats with a happy voice and that tail will be wagging.

Pay extra attention to your dog's grooming needs and it will pay off in the long run. Get out your brush and give Fido a good going over more often. It increases the bond between you while improving the health of your dog's skin and fur. The resulting fewer mats and lower risk for skin irritations can shortcut trips to the vet. The same goes for giving those canine teeth. Give them a regular brushing.

With a few thrifty measures like these your dog care expenses can shrink. Just give your friend what he most wants and that is your attention.

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