As you likely know, the costs associated with keeping a pet can add up quickly. Plus, they can also be incredibly unpredictable, especially if a pet suddenly becomes ill or injured. Even the standard care costs like supplies, food, and wellness visits can put a strain on some budgets. Considering the factors involved, a pet might even seem like a financial liability.
That, of course, doesn’t stop many of us from keeping a companion. The benefits, especially the emotional ones, often outweigh the costs.
The good news is that there are ways to make pet ownership more affordable. Plus, there are also resources for emergency care assistance as well.
1. Look for senior discounts.
We may sound like a broken record when it comes to senior discounts, but it does make a difference. Not only do many pet grooming services offer discounts for seniors, a lot of veterinarians do as well. Call around to see what sort of discounts might be available to you.
2. Sign up for loyalty programs.
In addition to senior discounts, you may also find coupons and special deals for things like food, grooming, and treats. Petco and PetSmart, for example, both have loyalty programs that can save you money. You may also be able to take advantage of free giveaways as well.
3. Check online for pet food coupons and rebates.
Pet food and treat coupons are often widely available online. You can find them via retailers like those mentioned above as well as through your preferred brands’ websites. Make sure to like and follow your pets’ favorite brands on social media as well. Rebate offers are frequently posted online at various brands’ websites as well.
4. Set up a recurring delivery.
If your pet has a specific, preferred food, consider signing up for auto-shipped deliveries. Most retailers, including Chewy, Petco, and Amazon, offer discounts on subscriptions.
5. Seek out financial assistance programs.
If pet care costs are becoming a burden, there may be programs that can help. Call your local SPCA to see if they can point you in the right direction. From discounted (and sometimes even free) vaccines to in-home care programs, assistance is often available for seniors. That is, if you know where to look.
The Humane Society also as a large list of organizations that offer financial help for pet owners in need. Depending on the needs of your pet and your own financial situation, these can be a huge help. This is especially true if your pet has a serious health condition like heart disease or cancer.
In short: don’t give up if your budget it stretched, look for assistance instead.
6. Look for low-cost clinics.
If you need veterinary care, can’t afford it, and can’t get assistance, look to your local veterinary school. Many have low-cost clinics that offer discounted services for low and limited-income pet owners.