It seems like pet care can get expensive fast. The best way to keep costs low is to invest in preventative care and make sure your pet is healthy all-year round. Follow these tips to avoid any pet hospital trips.
Protect Your Pet from Parasites
Fleas and ticks can cost lots of medical problems for your pet, from skin irritations to life-threatening blood loss. Start with a topical flea and tick solution to protect your pet, and talk to your vet for recommendations.
Toss the Cigarettes
Secondhand smoke is dangerous for pets in addition to humans. It can cause asthma, bronchitis, lymphoma and oral, nasal and lung cancers in your pet. Quit smoking, or at least avoid smoking around your pet to protect them.
Consider Pet Health Insurance
Pet health insurance can keep the cost of emergency visits or serious illnesses more affordable. Talk to your vet if you need tips on finding a great care plan.
Buy High-Quality Pet Food
A good quality pet food—formulated under the guidelines of the American Association of Feed Control Officials—is often more cost-effective than a homemade diet. Avoid overfeeding your pet, which can lead to obesity and other health problems. Also be sure not to feed your dog human food.