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Resource Guide: Raising a Dog on a Budget

We all know that pet expenses can add up, but there are a lot of things you can do to save money. When it comes to having dogs, though, they’re often an integral part of the family, and you don’t want to cut corners that could impact the quality of their life. We get it! That’s why we put together this budget-friendly guide to help you save money while providing Fido a fantastic, fun and healthy life.

In particular, we believe planning and education can prevent a lot of the most costly aspects of having a dog in your life.

Approaches that include preventative medicine, a healthy diet, adequate exercise and effective training can help reduce veterinary bills, prevent destructive behaviors and avoid the cost of professional trainers. You might also wish to consider the benefits of pet insurance, especially if you have a disease-prone breed or an older dog.

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Dog Budget

Dog Health

  • For Pet Anxiety: The Thundershirt wraps your dog in snug material to help reduce anxiety. This investment can save you a fortune if you’re using medication to treat your dog’s anxiety.

Organizations

    • AKC STAR Puppy Program: This training program for puppies can help you nip any undesired behaviors in the bud. Even just preventing one pair of destroyed shoes can make this one good for long-term savings!
    • AKC Canine Good Citizen Program: The “Good Citizen” program rewards dogs who have good manners. This program is great for the intellectual stimulation your dog needs. Remember: A bored dog can be a destructive dog.

Dog Food

      • Dog Food Advisor: If you’re in need of reviews on the many brand and varieties of dog food, check this one out. You’ll hear from real people who can guide you to low-cost but nutritionally exceptional brands.
      • How To Read Dog Food Labels: Reading the label on dog food containers can be a little tricky. However, knowing how to read the labels and knowing what to look for is important to ensure that you are providing your pet with the best possible nutrition.
      • Keto Natural: Premium dry pet foods with 75% less carbohydrate than leading dog food brands.

Training & Education

      • How to Choose a Trainer: If you ever find yourself needing a trainer, make sure you know how to pick a well-qualified one who will give you the best bang for your buck.
      • Karen Pryor Clicker Training Basics: Clicker training can look unapproachable, but Karen Pryor breaks it down very nicely. You can learn how to do your own clicker training and save the cost of a professional trainer.
      • Wireless Dog Fences : Wireless or invisible electric dog fences are a safe, effective & economical solution to keeping your dogs out of trouble

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If the above list of resources leaves you feeling a little overwhelmed, don’t worry! We’ll break down the basics you need to know to save money while maintaining a high standard of care and quality of life for your dog.
Look for low-cost vaccination clinics

You might have seen the occasional vaccination booth set up at the local pet store. Take advantage of these, as they’re much cheaper than booking an appointment with your vet. Make sure you bring your records with you so you know what vaccinations your dog needs.

Spaying and Neutering: Having your dog “fixed” can prevent a lot of health problems down the road. This is especially true if your dog is female, since non-spayed dogs have a much higher risk of cancer. Plus, if your dog gets pregnant on accident, the vet bills for care can be through the roof. You’ll also be doing your part to help prevent contributing to the abundance of animals in shelters.

Get Pet Insurance: We all know how important insurance can be if you ever end up needing surgery or emergency medical treatment. The same applies to your dog. Pet insurance can be as low as $5-10 per month, but it’ll pay off when your dog gets injured or sick.

Learn How To Groom: One of the best ways to save money each month is to groom your own dog. If you need a partner to help you wrangle, just be sure to get an extra set of hands. You could save hundreds per year just by shampooing and drying at home. You can also start cutting your dog’s nails yourself. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and cheap.

Preventative Maintenance at Home: Along the lines of grooming at home, it’s important for health and cost reasons to take care of your dog’s eyes, ears and teeth. These areas, when they get dirty and infected, can cause a lot of costly health issues.

 

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