5 easy ways to save more than $2,500 on your pet
Green guru Elizabeth Rogers offers five tips for saving money on your furry family members.
Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM
Given all your pet does for you, you certainly want to do the best for him. But too often the best is unaffordable. Especially, it seems, when it comes to healthy pet products that are also better for the planet. Here are some simple shifts to help you save.
Pure kindness: Save $500
If you’re set on a purebred dog or cat, buy one from a rescue association instead of getting a pedigree from a breeder. Save $500 or more depending on breed type and location. You can do your part to decrease demand for purebreds. To locate a rescue group that specializes in the breed of dog or cat that interests you, contact your local animal shelter, check the classifieds section of the newspaper, or search the Internet. You can also contact The Humane Society of the United States,
and they’ll help you locate a nearby rescue group.
As tempting as it might be, don’t buy the cheapest pet food available. Most of the generic and discounted varieties contain high-calorie filler, which may lead to hyperactivity and won’t provide your pet with the nutrients essential to his healthy growth and longevity. Buying the right food can save up to $250 on extra training costs or vet expenses over the course of your pet’s lifetime. Fewer trips to visit specialists means less resources used for treatment and lower gas consumption driving there.
Incredible bulk: Save $125
Buy flea and tick medicine and any other pet medications online and in bulk instead of buying them one month at a time from your vet and save up to $125 per year or more. Buying a 12-month supply reduces packaging waste and also conserves the fuel you’d normally use to pick up your pet’s meds every month or two.
Good for you: Save time driving and sitting in waiting rooms at the vet office.
Take a walk: Save $1,800
If you’re paying someone to walk your dog a few times a week, why not do it yourself? Save up to $1,800 per year or more if your dog is walked three times per week.
Unless your dogwalker lives down the street, she is probably driving to your house to walk your dog. So when you do it yourself, you save the fuel and the pollution associated with your dogwalker’s transportation.
Good for you: Walking your dog is great exercise for you as well as for your dog. And if you just can’t get yourself up early enough to take the dog for a walk, consider this: people who are active fall asleep more quickly and get better quality sleep than people who are sedentary. So test it out and see if a little morning exercise helps you get your Z’s. It may just be a win-win!
If you buy pet treats with no packaging or in packaging that can be recycled, you will prevent a pound or more of plastic from entering landfills each year. If 10 percent of all dog and cat owners purchased pet treats in recyclable packaging, more than 58,000 cubic yards of waste would be eliminated annually. If this waste were packed into a standard 3-acre dog park, it would tower more than 12 feet high.
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