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Americans Spend Billions of Dollars a Year on Their Pets
According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans have spent over $50 billion annually on their pets since 2011. It’s estimated that we will pay over $58 billion this year. Considering this enormous dollar amount, CASH 1 Loans thought it would be a good time for you to ask yourself these questions and save some money in the process.
How to Save Money on Pets
Are You Overfeeding?
An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Americans have spent almost $22 billion on food in 2013 so it’s not surprising. If you go to the vet on a regular basis (like you should) you will know if you have a fatty.
Are You Hiding From The Vet?
The best way to save on veterinarian expenses is to keep up with those annual checkups, vaccinations and medications. Cancer is the number one natural cause of death in older pets. Catching it early can save your pet’s life and help you avoid expensive treatments. Brushing your pet’s teeth once a day can prevent periodontal disease. 85% of pets have it by the age of 4. Not taking your pet in for routine dental cleanings will result in a mouth full of painful teeth and damage to their internal organs when they are older.
Are You Paying Pet Rent?
Higher deposits and possibly paying extra cash every month for Fluffy and Fido could cost you hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars a year. There are quite a few landlords that love animals and usually have some pets of their own. They understand that it isn’t fair to charge more for your beloved pets. Start looking for a pet-friendly rental a few months before your lease has expired. It does take more time to find one, but think of all that money you’ll be saving.
Do You Travel With Your Pet?
Bringing your pet with you on vacation saves you money on boarding services and in-house pet sitters. Check out pet-friendly hotels and rentals with the AAA PetBook.
Are You Preventing Injuries?
An inescapable yard and walking your dog with a leash can keep your buddy safe. If you care about your cats, then having them as indoor-only pets will triple their life expectancy. Pets that have been hit by a car or poisoned can cost hundreds to several thousands of dollars. In 2013, The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. Topping the list for the sixth year in a row are prescription human medications. Go through your home and find these hazards and keep foods with chocolate, coffee and caffeine away from your pets. You can follow these savings tips, but we understand that emergencies can still happen. If you need extra money for your pet applying for pet loans or Arizona or Nevada Title Loans, over the phone, or at one of CASH 1’s convenient loan places near you could be an excellent option.
Joseph Priebe takes pride in assisting audiences with his articles to help them make sound financial decisions.
With over ten years of experience writing financial content his goal at CASH 1 has always been creating engaging and easy-to-digest information for anyone searching for immediate or long-term monetary solutions.
When Joseph is not writing about personal finance, you can find him photographing the Southwest United States with his 4x5 Graflex Crown Graphic camera. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.