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
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)