Cut pet costs to­day

Pets bring us com­pan­ion­ship and fun, but they can take a bite out of our purses! Money ex­pert Sarah Jag­ger shares her tips on how to cut down pet bills

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If you’re think­ing of buy­ing a pet,

choose a res­cue an­i­mal over a pricey pedi­gree – cross­breeds of­ten have far fewer health prob­lems to con­tend with. Plus, if you adopt a dog or cat, the res­cue cen­tre will have them spayed or neutered and make sure they’re vac­ci­nated be­fore they come to you. call the Blue cross (0300 790 9903), Dogs trust (0207 837 0006), or visit your lo­cal an­i­mal shel­ter to find out more.

Food bills eat up cash.

On av­er­age a cat owner spends £48 on food a month, rising to £54 a month for a dog, says Pro­tect Your Bub­ble. You can save money by bulk buy­ing pet food from web­sites such as zooplus.co.uk (01234 430366) or Pet­su­per­mar­ket.co.uk (0203 675 0786) which of­fer popular brands for less. The larger the amount, the less it’ll cost you so con­sider club­bing to­gether with friends to bulk buy. su­per­mar­kets reg­u­larly run price drops on pet foods. to check out the lat­est of­fers visit my­su­per­mar­ket.co.uk to find the lat­est deals at all the lead­ing su­per­mar­kets.

Save on vet bills.

Unin­sured own­ers typ­i­cally fork out £810 per in­ci­dent to treat their sick or in­jured an­i­mal says MORE TH>N – which is three times more ex­pen­sive than an av­er­age £261 an­nual in­sur­ance pol­icy. To re­duce pet in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums, own­ers with more than one an­i­mal can opt for a multi-pet pol­icy sav­ing 5-15 per cent com­pared to sep­a­rate con­tracts. you could save on medicine costs by buy­ing on­line via viovet.co.uk (0800 084 2608) or pet­drug­son­line.co.uk (01761 603141). to order med­i­ca­tions you’ll need a pre­scrip­tion from your ve­teri­nary surgery.

Board­ing fees for a ken­nel or cat­tery

can push up your hol­i­day bud­get, so ask­ing a friend or neigh­bour to help out, or form­ing a pet-sit­ting club with lo­cal pet owner friends could help save you money – and be a great way to meet fel­low pet lovers too. reg­is­ter with bor­rowmy­doggy.com for some mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial doggy day-care!

If you can’t af­ford to own a pet why not share one? Lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue cen­tres of­ten need walk­ers or vol­un­teer to be a Guide Dog puppy walker (www. guide­dogs.org.uk or 0845 371 7771)

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