The cost of living crisis is having a huge impact on pet owners — the RSPCA recently announced that they saw a 24 percent increase in the numbers of pets ending up in shelters due to higher bills.
Unfortunately, this is likely to become more of an issue, with energy bills increasing more than in October.
To prevent Brits from giving up their pets, Andrea Knowles, personal financial expert at vouchers.co.uk, shares seven ways to save up to £1,097 on your pet per year.
Change where you buy pet food to save up to £40 a year
While local convenience stores, such as Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s Local can be convenient, look who? It found that shopping at local stores costs an average of 9.5 percent more than it does in supermarkets. With pet owners spending £400 on pet food a year, switching to larger supermarkets can save owners around £40.
Take care of your pet between sessions to save £129 a year
Professional grooming of your pet can be very expensive, with an average cost of £43 per session. As the average dog needs four to six sessions a year, they can fetch up to £258 a year.
To reduce this cost, you can reduce this cost by continuing with basic grooming tasks such as regular brushing or the occasional shower. There are even plenty of free YouTube videos that show you how to take care of the coat of your specific breed. Performing these simple tasks will not only help you bond with your pet, but will also extend the time needed between professional grooming sessions. You can cut the number of sessions required and the price in half to £129.
Create a dog walking or pet sitting club with your neighbors to save £705 per year
Paying for someone to walk your dog can be prohibitive, averaging £11.25 for a walk, or £585 a year, if they get one a week. To eliminate these weekly expenses, talk to your friends and neighbors who own pets and see if they would like to set up a rotating dog walking service. You can also run a similar pet sitting service, which is perfect when you want to go on vacation. With the average cost of raising boarding puppies at £120 for a week – this brings the total annual savings to £705, including the provision of pet walking.
Buy your prescriptions online to save up to 50 percent
Buying medication for your pet can be expensive, but did you know that you can order a prescription and order what you need from a certified online pharmacy for a fraction of the cost? For example, petdrugsonline.co.uk claims to provide pet owners with up to 76 percent off any pet care, and they have a rating of 4.9/5 according to Feefo.
Make sure you don’t overfeed your dog like 40 per cent of UK pet owners
An estimated 40 per cent of dogs in the UK are overweight, so one way to help them lose weight while gaining a few pounds is to weigh their food. To find out how much you should feed your dog, look at the Body Condition System to calculate if your dog is too thin, too heavy, or perfect. You can then select the appropriate food portion from there.
Brush your dog’s teeth more often to save up to £223 a year
One of the most common causes of dental and gum disease in dogs is because their owner does not brush their teeth properly or often. In fact, the average cost for a dentist having to measure and polish a dog’s teeth is £233. With pet toothbrushes and toothpaste costing under £10, it’s definitely worth getting in the habit of doing it yourself at home with many dentists sharing a step-by-step guide online.
Buy pet insurance to save you money in the long run
Although purchasing pet insurance comes at a monthly (or yearly) cost, registering your pet on a policy can help offset the costs of preventative care along with accidents and illnesses. However, be sure to get the insurance policy as soon as you get a pet, because waiting until the pet is older increases its chances of getting a higher-priced policy due to underlying health conditions.
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