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Experts share eight practical tips to save over £1,200 on your pet every year

Did you know that the average cost of caring for a medium sized dog is £27,000 over their lifetime? And for a cat it’s around £12,000?

With the cost of living rising, your pet shouldn’t put a strain on your personal finances.

So to help pet owners save money when it’s needed, the most expert in personal finance in bon.co.ukAndrea Knowles, has shared eight ways to save up to £1,212 on your pet a year.

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Clever ways to save up to £1,212 on your pet every year, according to money-saving experts:

1.Buy your pet food from this type of store to save up to £40 a year

While local shops, such as Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s Local can be convenient, research from which? found that it costs on average 9.5% more to shop in local stores than in large supermarkets.

As it can cost up to £400 a year to buy pet food, that potential saving of nearly £40 is quite significant if you switch to larger supermarkets.

2.Groom your pet between sessions to save £129 a year

Professionally grooming your pet can be very expensive, costing on average £43 per session.

As the average dog needs four to six sessions per year, this can cost up to £258 per year.

Instead, you can reduce this cost by keeping control over basic grooming tasks such as regular brushing or the occasional bath.

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.

3.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, on average £11.25 per ride, or £585 per year, if they have one per week.

To cut this cost completely, talk to your pet-owning friends and neighbors and ask if they would like 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 the average cost of a kennel board £120 for a week – this brings the total annual saving to £705, including pet walking saving.

4.Buy your prescriptions online to save 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 claim to save you up to 76% on all pet care, and they have a rating of 4.9/5 according to Feefo.

5.Take your dog to charity training classes to save £115

The average cost of a private group dog training lesson is £45 per session, so a four week course would cost you £180.

However, many local charities, such as Dog’s Trust, run cheaper four-week courses for just £65– a saving of £115.

6.Check your pet’s portion sizes

It’s estimated that 40% of dogs in the UK are overweight, so one way to get them to lose a few pounds and you to gain some 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.

7.Brush your dog’s teeth to save up to £223 a year

One of the most common causes of tooth and gum disease in dogs is due to their owner not brushing 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.

8.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, be sure to get a policy as soon as you get 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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