The cost of living crisis is having a huge impact on pet owners – the RSPCA recently announced that it has seen a 24% increase in the number of pets ending up in shelters due to rising bills.
And unfortunately, this is likely to become more of a problem, with the price of energy bills rising further from October.
To stop Brits giving away their pets, Andrea Knowles, the personal finance expert at bon.co.ukshared seven ways to save up to £1,097 on your pet a year.
Change where you buy your pet food to save up to £40 a year
Although local shops, such as Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s Local, can be convenient, research Which? found that it costs on average 9.5% more to shop in local stores than in large supermarkets. While pet owners spend £400 a year on pet food, switching to bigger supermarkets could save owners nearly £40.
Groom your pet between sessions to save £129 a year
Professional grooming for your pet can be very expensive, costing an average of £43 per session. As the average dog needs four to six sessions per year, this can cost up to £258 per year.
To reduce this cost, you can reduce this cost by keeping control over basic grooming tasks such as regular brushing or occasional bathing. There are even a ton of free YouTube videos that show you how to care for your specific breed’s coat. Performing these simple tasks will not only help you bond with your pet, but it will also extend the time needed between professional grooming sessions. You can halve the number of sessions required and the price to £129.
Start a walking or pet sitting club with your neighbors to save £705 a year
Paying someone to walk your dog can be a costly expense, averaging £11.25 per walk, or £585 a year, if they get one a week. To get rid of that weekly expense, talk to your pet-owning friends and neighbors and see if they’d like to form a rotating dog-walking service. You can also arrange a similar pet sitting service, which is perfect when you want to go on vacation. With an average boarding kennel costing £120 for a week, this brings the total annual saving to £705, including the animal walking saving.
Buy your prescriptions online to save up to 50%
Buying medicine for your pet can be expensive, but did you know you can request the prescription and order what you need from a certified online pharmacy for a fraction of the cost? For example, petdrugsonline.co.uk claims to save pet owners up to 76% on pet care, and they have a rating of 4.9/5 according to Feefo.
Make sure you don’t overfeed your dog like 40% of UK pet owners
It is estimated that 40% of dogs in the UK are overweight. One way to help them lose weight while making you gain a few pounds is to weigh their food. To determine how much food you should give your dog, consult the fitness system to calculate if your dog is too thin, too heavy or ideal. You can then determine the correct portion of food from there.
Brush your dog’s teeth more often to save up to £223 a year
One of the most common reasons for dental and gum disease in dogs is that their owner does not brush their teeth properly or often enough. In fact, the average cost for a dentist to scale and polish a dog’s teeth is £233. With pet toothbrushes and toothpaste costing less than £10, it’s definitely worth getting into the habit of doing it yourself at home with many dentists sharing a step-by-step guide online.
Get pet insurance to save money in the long run
Although there is a monthly (or annual) cost to buying pet insurance, enrolling your pet in a policy can help offset the costs of preventative care as well as accidents and illnesses. However, make sure you get a policy as soon as you buy a pet, as waiting until the animal is older increases its chances of needing a high-priced policy, due to health issues under -lyings.
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