Tips on Reducing the Cost of Pet Ownership

 

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So you understand the cost of a pet. Maybe your finances aren’t what they should be, but you still want four-legged companionship. There are steps you can take to reduce the financial burden of owning a pet.

State and Federal Programs

If you’re struggling to provide for your pet, there are national programs that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. The Humane Society provides a full list of these programs, including a state-by-state breakdown. Some only provide assistance for the treatment of specific diseases, while others provide funds to spay and neuter your pet.

Non-profit Organizations

There are multiple nonprofits that provide assistance to pet owners in need. Many shelters have on-site veterinary care for low cost. Organizations like Red Rover allow pet owners to apply for financial aid if they can’t afford veterinary care, while crowdfunding programs like GiveForward are aimed at pet owners.

Don’t Skimp on Prevention

The cost of preventing diseases and illness is always less than the cost of treating it. Make sure your pet gets enough exercise, has routine vet visits, and learn what the signs of more serious problems are. By monitoring your pet’s health and addressing potential problems before they become serious, you can significantly reduce the cost of medical care for pets.

Other Considerations for Pet Owners

There are some expenses that pet owners don’t think about. For example, if you’re allergic to cats but still want to own one, you’ll need allergy medication. Lower-end allergy medications cost as little as $5 for a pack of 48 pills, but more powerful medications may require a prescription and doctor visits.

You might also need treatment for pet-inflicted injuries. Overly playful pets may bite or scratch, and complications like Cat Scratch Fever can be serious or even life-threatening. While it isn’t a guarantee that problems like this will arise, it is important to consider the potential costs when budgeting for a pet.

There are also legal costs and considerations. If your dog gets overzealous and bites someone, you may face a lawsuit and be on the hook for that person’s medical treatment. Certain dog breeds are also not legal in some areas. Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Bulldogs are commonly banned or restricted in residential areas.

This article was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jessica Carter of The Simple Dollar © 2017 TheSimpleDollar.com

[PGAA: Can you afford a pet? To review the cost of cats and dogs please read the complete article at SimpleDollar Cost Calculator Or you can read the individual pet cost articles at: Lifetime Pet Costs; Emergency Medical Costs; Cost of Owning A Dog; Cost of Dog Medical Care; Dog Feeding, Training and Other Costs; Cost of Owning a Cat; Cost of Cat Medical Care; Various Costs of Cat Care]