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Save money on your dogs’ care 

The average dog in Australia costs its owner $3,000 in the first year and $1,500 every subsequent year. Now, this figure may come as no surprise to dog owners but with the cost of living going up, many of us are already feeling the pinch at the petrol pump, grocery store, and now pet store. And with a reported no end in sight for price rises, many of us are looking for cost-saving measures.

In this article, we will share our top tips to help you save on your dog’s daily and long-term costs without compromising its overall care.

Save money by taking advantage of specials and discounts offered by online pet stores

Sign up for the email newsletters for as many online pet shops as possible. Some examples are, Pet Circle, PetStock and PetBarn. Swap out where you purchase based on prices they offer and as a bonus, keep an eye on your emails as many retailers will automatically send discount codes when they notice your shopping lapse.

Ask your vet for a written prescription

If your dog requires regular medication, ask your vet for a written prescription and have a look to see if you can purchase it online at a cheaper rate than you’re getting at the vet. Pet Chemist Online is a good place to start to save money on your dog but make sure you plan ahead to allow for delivery. Another option may be to see if your chemist can fill the script. Many pet medications are the same as those taken by humans at a much lower dose.

Homemade Treats

Baking treats for your dog in large batches is a cost-effective and fun way to save money. There are many recipes to be found online that contain ingredients you will already have.

Buy Premium Pet Food to save

(trust us on this cost-saving tip)

Feeding your dog food with a higher price point may sound counter-intuitive but keep reading! Premium pet food can often work out cheaper due to the bulk-size bags. If you are currently buying your dog’s food from the supermarket you will be limited to smaller more frequent bags, which are more expensive on a per-meal basis.

Your dog will also receive additional nutrients from higher-quality food which could reduce vet costs in the long term.

Take a walk 

The pet activity industry is booming. And whilst a once-off puppichino, pet shop visit or unnecessary groom may seem like a good way to bond with your pet. Your dog will enjoy a walk / run with you just as much (if not more). Ensure your leash walking and recall are top notch and hit the pavement, sand or grass to enjoy some quality time and save money with your dog.

This article explores our top money saving tips when caring for your dog.  For training tools and expert help book an in-home training session, tailored to the needs of your dog and your family.

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