Dog

Money saving tips for pet owners

Claire Dunling

Some might say that you can’t put a price on a dog’s love, but with an average £57bn being spent on pets in Europe and £7bn in the UK each year, it appears every penny matters even when shopping for our pet supplies. Do you know how to save money on food, medication, vaccinations and pet sitting?

Always shop online

Check and compare prices on in a Google search – search for your product of choice and scan the selection at the top of the search page. Here, you will find all online companies who use ‘Google Shopping’. This will allow you to compare the price against the cheapest and most expensive prices.

Research, research, research!

Do your research – so the method above is very handy as you can compare all prices from a variety of different companies selling the same thing. However, you need to be mindful of the language used in product descriptions. ‘Prices from £2.99′, might sound like a great price but have you considered what dosage your pet will need based on their size? If you have a Doberman, the amount of medication will differ greatly to that of a Chihuahua’s needs.

Buy more, save more

Buying in bulk and ordering your pet’s essential flea and wormers treatment could save you up to £60 a year, compared to picking these necessities up at the vet’s. Just think of the mileage you’ll save!

Buying specialist foods online can save you a substantial amount of money. Providing a specific diet to your pet (like weight management, joint support or skin/food sensitivities) means they are getting a tailored diet plan based on their exact needs. So, in theory, will have improved health conditions and visiting the vets for treatment is lessened.

The high-quality ingredients contained in industry-leading dietic feeds also results in fuller for longer pets, so will not need as many servings. To make things even better, when you place your order with Pet Drugs Online, you’ll have free delivery on all orders over £30. A few taps to place your order and no heavy lifting? Sounds alright to us.

Prescriptions

Did you know that if your pets are on lifetime medication, your vet can write you a repeat prescription? This means you can use the same prescription form many times and won’t need to visit the vets each time you need a top-up. Not only is this more time-efficient but is also cost-effective as you won’t have to pay an additional cost for individual prescriptions (which can cost between £8-12 per prescription). Result!

Vaccinations and insurance

keeping up to date with pet vaccinations might affect the finances once a year, but protection against often fatal viruses like canine distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis and canine hepatitis is truly priceless. If your dog does fall victim to disease, having insurance will cover treatment if you have proof of initial jabs. Most veterinary clinics provide a vaccination subscription so speak with your vet about this on your next visit. Plus, you have the added reassurance your dog is healthy and not likely to pass on any infectious disease to family members or other dogs.

Pet sitting

Boarding kennels can cost a fortune, there’s an increased chance of catching fleas, an illness and it can be an unsettling experience for your pooch. So, before your next trip ask a family member, friend or neighbour to help with feeding and walks? Or, you could use a house-sitting service, which is usually cheaper than kennels and you have the bonus of deterring burglars with your home looking occupied.

Do the boring stuff!

Clean their teeth, keep them wormed, keep them flea free. It is dull and we all forget, and these treatments slip by a week or two – but regular application really will help keep your pet healthier and so in the longer term keep the cost of pet care down. It will also make them a whole lot happier!

This article is for guidance only and if you have any concerns about your pet you should always seek the advice of a qualified vet.

If in doubt contact your veterinary practice

And always keep your vet's phone number handy - just in case!