When you are a parent to a fur baby, your chief concern is to keep them happy and healthy at all times. Of course, this can cost quite a lot of money. In fact, the financial commitment of owning a dog can be significant and is definitely something you should consider carefully before welcoming a new furry member of the family into your home.
Happily, if you do choose to go for it, there are some ways that you can do the best for your pet and keep the cost down as well. A topic you can read all about in my post below.
The right breed
First off, it is worth knowing that some breeds tend to cost more than others to care for. In fact, it is usually a question of size or a matter of breeding that leads to this situation.
After all, a larger dog like an Alsatian or a Great Dane will need more food than a Chihuahua or Pug to be happy and healthy.
Of course, when it comes to breeding things can get a little more complicated, especially if your pup is a mongrel!
However, as a rule, breeds to be aware of include Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Shar-Peis, which all have skin folds on the face. A feature that can get easily infected and cause irritation that you will often need the vet’s help to sort out.
Additionally dogs with shorter snouts and snub faces like Pugs, and all types of Bulldogs are at higher risk of breathing problems. Such breeds also often have issues with their eyes as well that can make owning and taking care of them both distressing and expensive.
In fact, many breeds, not just the ones mentioned above, have a genetic propensity towards at least a few conditions whether that is hip dysplasia or even diabetes.
Therefore it’s well worth checking these out before you choose a pup because by picking the right breed, you can significantly reduce the cost of owning and taking care of a dog.
Getting them insured
Another factor that can help you to keep the cost of dog ownership down is to get your pet insured. In fact, with policies that offer full coverage visits to the vets as well as emergency and other medical conditions will be covered.
Something that can make a massive difference to the cost of keeping your pooch healthy.
It’s also worth noting that many vets now offer their own schemes for your dog that can save you money.
Of course, these will differ between providers, but a programme where puppy vaccinations and checkups are all covered for a single price is relatively standard.
Something that can definitely help you save money on the cost of keeping your dog healthy.
Buy food online
One of the most expensive regular costs you will have as a dog owner is food. In fact, for good quality food, you can easily pay anything from £40-£60 a month, which for most of us is no small amount.
Of course, there are some tactics you can use to keep the cost of this down, but still, ensure your pup gets the best food for their health and wellbeing. One is, of course, to find an online pet shop that stocks the brand you are looking for.
Something that will allow you to buy food in bulk and so make a significant saving per meal.
Alternatively, some folks choose to get their dog food at the supermarket. Something that I wouldn’t always recommend as it can be pricey.
However, shopping along with the offers may provide you with a cheaper option, as long as your pup isn’t fussy and doesn’t demand a particular brand every dinner time, that is!
Finally, when it comes to dog ownership, you can save a fair amount of money by doing and making some of the items they need yourself. Yes, that’s right, if you are feeling brave you can have a go at bathing and grooming your pup.
You can even make dog-friendly shampoo bars to use while you do it. Oh, and of course, if you are handy with a sewing needle, it’s entirely possible to whip up a jacket to keep them warm on walks when it’s cold.
You could even have a go at making your own dog bed. Something that can definitely save you a pretty penny, especially if you make it from recycled fabrics like old flannel shirts that your pup is sure to love.
*This is a collaborative post