Owning a dog is not cheap. Before getting a dog you need to consider just how much it could cost you. Some of the things you will need to pay for include dog food, a dog collar, a dog lead, a dog bed, vet bills and pet insurance and grooming. People spend a huge amount of money on their dogs but don’t despair, there are ways you can save money. Here are some helpful tips to which could help you save on the cost of owning a dog.
Buy dog food in bulk
One of the best ways to save money on dog food is to buy it in bulk. If you buy smaller packs individually it will cost you a lot more money. Stock up on larger packs and order your dog food in bulk.
Get friends and family to dog sit
Having your dog looked after while you are away or at work can be very expensive. Day Care centres will charge between £15 and £30 a day and this can really add up. Ask your family and friends if any of them mind looking after your dog occasionally and you will save a lot of money.
Order your dog food online
It often works out cheaper to order your dog food online. You can take advantage of discounts and special offers. With GJWTitmuss you can get free delivery on orders over £19 (excluding bulk items).
Buy durable collars and leads
Instead of opting for flimsy collars that look pretty try and choose more durable collars. Buy collars that are made from tough materials so that they last longer. You don’t want to have to replace their collar every few months.
Get easily washable dog beds
Dogs beds can get filthy pretty quickly, especially in the winter. Save yourself time and money by getting a dog bed that you can wash easily rather than throw away and have to buy a new one.
Get toys your dog won’t destroy
After you have bought your dog a variety of different toys you will start to know which ones last longer. It’s frustrating when you buy new toys and your dog destroys them in seconds. Durable dog toys may cost more initially but you will save money in the long run.
Learn to groom your dog yourself
Grooming can be very costly, some dogs need to have their hair cut every four to six weeks. Taking them to a professional groomer can really bump up the cost of owning a dog. If you feel confident enough then try and groom them yourself or go on a grooming course to learn how to groom your dog properly.
Get a rescue dog rather than a puppy
Purebred puppies can cost between £400 and £1500 depending on what breed you are looking for. Get a rescue dog and you can expect to pay between £80 and £200 and you are doing a good thing by giving a dog a home.
Keep your dog fit and healthy
Make sure your dog gets enough exercise and make sure they have a healthy diet. This should help to reduce the chances of them developing health conditions that could cost a lot of money.