Tips For Saving Money On Your Pet

Sindi Barrios

Look after the pennies… the old adage goes. If anything, it is even more true in the digital world than it ever has been before. Pet Drugs Online was founded to drive the price of the very best pet medicines, foods, supplements and everyday treatments down.

In 2020 we estimated the annual ‘running cost’ of a pet weighed in at up to £2,100! That’s for food, flea treatments, wormers, a few supplements, a course of medicines, insurance, 2 vet visits, vaccinations and a few toys. Buying from us could cut up to £800 off that bill every year and here’s how:

Always shop online
Check and compare prices 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 the online companies that 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 from a Chihuahua’s needs.

Buy more, save more
Buying in bulk and ordering your pet’s essential flea and worming 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 £29. A few taps to place your order and no heavy lifting? Sounds alright to us.

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 £12-£18 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.

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!

If in doubt contact your veterinary practice

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