Top 10 Money-Saving Tips for Dog Owners

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
It’s a fact: dogs cost money. But having a dog doesn’t mean breaking the bank. To help you save, we’ve put together these 10 money-saving tips.

Owning a dog is a big responsibility. It is your job to make sure your dog gets the nutrients he needs as well as proper veterinary care and plenty of exercise and attention. Unfortunately, some of these things don’t come cheap and most dog owners will admit that keeping a dog can be pretty pricey. You don’t necessarily need to sacrifice things like your dog’s favorite treats or a vet checkup just to reduce your costs, however. Read on to learn some simple money-saving tips for dog owners.

Top 10 Money-Saving Tips for Dog Owners

There are certain things you can’t change like the fact that a Great Dane will try to eat you out of house and home. Just because you can’t always significantly reduce the cost of feeding your dog, however, doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to save money.

Here are 10 money-savings tips that can help keep your wallet a little fuller:

  1. Make your own dog toys. All your dog really wants is to play with you, so he probably doesn’t care much about fancy toys. Do your wallet a favor by making your own dog toys with things like old clothes, plastic bottles, and sticks.
  2. Try homemade dog treats. Homemade dog treats are surprisingly easy to make, and many dog owners prefer them because you can control the ingredients that go into them.
  3. Don’t skip vet visits. It may seem like vet visits only cost you money, but it could save you money in the long run by discovering a health problem early on when it is still easy to treat. Your vet can also tell you what issues to be on the lookout for according to your dog’s breed and age.
  4. Brush your dog’s teeth every day. Dental care for dogs is expensive, especially if you have to have a tooth removed. Brushing your dog’s teeth every day or at least a few times a week can keep his teeth clean and healthy, so you never have to pay a huge dental bill.
  5. Use household supplies for grooming. Don’t be afraid to get creative with household supplies! For example, you can use packing tape to clean up dog hair from your furniture and petting your dog while wearing rubber gloves will help remove dead hair.
  6. Learn how to trim your dog’s nails. Your dog’s nails need to be trimmed often and if you don’t know how to do it yourself, you may be wasting money paying a groomer to do it.
  7. Choose durable dog toys. If you do choose to purchase toys for your dog, make sure they are made from durable materials, so they last a long time before needing to be replaced.
  8. Take advantage of online discounts. Shopping for food, treats, and toys online is a great way to save money. You can also take advantage of free shipping offers and subscription discounts.
  9. Make your dog a homemade bed. Your dog will be perfectly happy to sleep on anything if it is comfortable, so try your hand at a homemade dog bed to save some money.
  10. Adopt instead of buying a puppy. Adoption fees for dogs are usually under $150 while a purebred puppy might cost you over $500. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re giving a homeless dog a place to call home.

Saving money as a dog owner is all about being smart. If you find a dog food your dog likes, buy it in bulk to save money and take advantage of sales when you do. Simple things like this can save you a little money in the short-term and a lot of money in the long-term. It’s well worth it!

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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