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Great Ways to Save Money on Pet Care

January 1, 2019

It’s a new year—what better time to resolve to save a little money? You might be surprised to learn that you can save money on pet costs without sacrificing your companion’s health in any way! Your Burlington, ON veterinarian offers four simple tips below:

Practice Preventative Medicine

Preventative medicine isn’t just more effective than treatment, it’s much more cost-effective. Preventing a disease or infection ahead of time is almost always less expensive than the cost of treating it! Keep your pet on year-round preventative medications to ward off fleas, ticks, worms like heartworm and roundworm, and mosquitoes. Have them vaccinated against dangerous diseases like distemper, parvovirus, rabies, and hepatitis.

Does your pet need vaccines or pest-control medicines? Contact your vet’s office today to make an appointment.

Measure Your Pet’s Portions

Overfeeding is one of the leading causes of obesity among domesticated dogs and cats. It’s also a quick way to waste food, and therefore your hard-earned income. Rather than giving your pet food at random or free-feeding them, which means leaving food out at all times for them to munch on as they please, try giving them a measured portion size. Ask your veterinarian for a precise amount if you’re unsure how much to procure.

Spay or Neuter

Did you know that spaying or neutering your pet early on in life is a great way to save money? The surgery isn’t expensive, and it will provide a great cost savings later on in life by helping your pet avoid many problematic health issues. Pets who have had the procedure performed are at virtually no risk for developing genital cancers, and other cancers like breast and prostate cancer are far less likely to occur. Even common problems like UTIs aren’t nearly as likely in pets who have been spayed or neutered.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

Last but not least, adopting your pet from a rescue facility or shelter is another great way to save on pet costs. Plus, you’re saving a life! Adoption fees are almost always far less expensive than the high price tags at a pet store or breeding facility. If you’re in the market for a new animal companion, consider adopting from a shelter; it will save you money and make you feel good!

Does your pet need a veterinary examination, vaccinations, or pest preventatives? We’re here for you. Schedule an appointment at your Burlington, ON vet clinic.

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