09 Nov 2011

you have a dog: tips to save money

Escrito por: phpesenti el 09 Nov 2011 - URL Permanente

In Spain there are an estimated 5.8 million dogs (24% of households) and 4.5 million cats (14% of households). It is certainly a very significant market, with annual spending being important, especially in food and health. Then we will give some guidelines for saving money for the care of the pet.
1 .- The choice of animal
From the beginning, it is essential to be aware of the annual costs associated with each animal: it is clear that buying a guinea pig does not mean the same annual cost to buy a dog, but even between different races of dogs there are very large long term.
Some dogs may need more medical care, others have to go to the hairdresser every month, and of course, eat some very significant amounts of food (larger breeds).
2. - Adopt and not buy
Before you buy an animal, think of visiting shelters in the area. They have many animals that will be very happy to find the owner, and the only cost is paying vaccines and tracking chip. Most associations that care for abandoned animals have limited space and resources, so after a while the animals have to be sacrificed.
If you buy an animal from a store, will cost much more money (a few hundred to a few thousand euros), and although no direct fault of their own, an animal that might have found a home will be sacrificed somewhere.
3 .- Health Care
As for humans, prevention is the best way to avoid unpleasant and costly chronic diseases. It is therefore essential to bring your pet to regular visits planned, and make all necessary vaccinations.
4 .- The food
It is also important to follow the veterinarian's recommendations for food, both on the type of food as quantities. If there is more than necessary, will result in a double extra cost: higher monthly expenditure on food, and a higher risk of disease (thus implies future veterinary costs).
Listen to the recommendations of the veterinarian does not mean the price of gold to buy food at his clinic. You can find the same brands much cheaper (looking online) and white markings of a similar quality for less money.
5 .- Cleaning and hairdressing
Take the pet to a canine hairdresser is quite expensive, and some breeds need very frequent meetings. In this case it is better to buy a machine and learn to cut the hair of the animal (there are many tutorials on the Internet). For cleaning, it is not complicated, and you can find discounts and special shampoos.
6 .- Games and Accessories
The market for products for pets, like the market for baby products, usually very inflated prices, relying on the whims of the owners want to give their animals. However, your pet will be just as happy playing with an old tennis ball with a special dog new ball of 5 €. Likewise, many materials can be recycled or used to buy accessories online.

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