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How to Budget for Your Pet

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How to Budget for Your Pet

Are you the type of pet owner who treats their furry friends like family members? If so, it’s important to remember that owning a pet is more than just cuddles and playtime – it comes with real costs. Feeding, grooming, medical bills; all of these need to be taken into consideration when budgeting for your pet. Don’t worry if this makes your head spin – we’re here to help you budget for life with a four-legged family member!

Some common pet expenses:

• Food

• Medical expenses

• Grooming

• Boarding or pet sitting

• Toys, treats, and other miscellaneous items

• Budget time!

Pet Food

Pet food is probably the largest expense you’ll have. There are multiple ways to save on pet food. You can purchase dog food in a variety of sizes, but usually, you save more when you buy more all at once. Buying in bulk is a good rule of thumb for pet food, as well as treats and chews, which will be discussed later.

At Hollywood Feed, we offer multiple ways to save on pet food because we are committed to offering the lowest prices. We have a 100% Price Match Guarantee– if you find a lower price on identical merchandise at ANY of our competitors, we will match it. We also have a Frequent Feeder Program that allows your to earn free pet food, and other pet essentials like litter, for select brands. We also have an 8% discount when you buy cases of wet food, instead of buying individual cans. Taking advantage of deals and programs will help you save money in the long run!

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Consider Medical Costs When Budgeting for Your Pet

The next thing you should budget for your pet is medical expenses. Owning a pet can be expensive, but with proper budgeting, you can make sure that your pet is taken care of without breaking the bank. Medical care is something to consider when it comes to budgeting for a pet. Make sure you have funds set aside for routine checkups and vaccinations from your local vet as well as an emergency fund in case of illness or injury. Shop around for the lowest prices on preventative care, vaccines, and medications whenever possible, but the clinic still maintains a high-level of service.

When it comes to medical care, it’s essential to find an affordable vet clinic that provides quality care. Ask around in your area or look online for reviews of local clinics so that you can make an informed decision on where to take your pet. You should also find out if there is a payment plan available if it’s necessary.

Pet Grooming

Grooming helps keep your pet healthy and looking their best. Depending on the type of animal, grooming costs can be significant. Regular brushing for a long-haired dog or cat can help reduce the need for professional grooming visits. If you have a short-haired breed, routine trips to the groomer for nail trims and baths may be necessary.  If you have a long-haired dog, it’s recommended to do grooming visits, even if you maintain a regular brushing schedule at home. Regular grooming is one way to ensure that your pet stays healthy and looking their best.

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Boarding versus Pet Sitting

Boarding and pet sitting is another expense you should consider. Boarding can be expensive, so if possible seek out a family member or friend who is willing to watch your pet. If not, you may need to look into local boarding facilities. Make sure that the facility provides proper nutrition and veterinary care while you are away. Depending on your dog’s breed and their energy levels, you may need a  professional pet sitter or dog walker more frequently. Seek out a professional who may offer discounted rates for recurring services over time.

Budget for Your Pet Toys, Treats, and Other Miscellaneous Items

Another category of expenses to consider is miscellaneous items. Toys, treats, and other pet supplies can add up over time. Consider purchasing quality toys that last longer instead of constantly buying cheaper toys that have a shorter lifespan. Another way to help prevent the constant cycle of buying toys is to clean your pets toys according to the washing instructions of that particular toy. Read our blog, “How to Clean Dog Toys” to find out more!

Treats costs can definitely add up, especially if you are training a new pet. Similar to pet food budgeting, search for treats that are high-quality but on sale. Check Hollywood Feed’s monthly promotions to see what options are available. Another way to save is by purchasing treats or chews in bulk. Hollywood Feed’s Cost Club program allows you to save more when you purchase more on dog favorites like pig ears, cow ears, esophagus sticks, and more!

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Make sure to budget time with your pet!

Budget in Time with Your Pet

Have patience – adopting a pet can take time, but it’s worth the wait! Finally, remember to budget in time for bonding with your new pet! Regardless of whether they’re a puppy, kitten, or senior pet, forming an emotional attachment will help create trust between the two of you which is essential in providing them with quality care while keeping costs low over the years ahead.

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