Money Saving Tips

Pipsqueak

Member
I thought we could help each other out by sharing ways we've found to save money on pet supplies, food, treats, and toys. I buy a lot of dog food on Chewy.com because it's usually the best price. It's worth it to subscribe to the emailing lists of Petco.com and Petflow.com because they routinely give special coupons to subscribers.
 

HereSadie

Well-known member
Check to see if your town has a Planned Pet-hood or similar service. Here they offer $10 shots and $25/$15 to spay/neuter dogs. Those prices are very affordable, so there's no excuse for not getting your pet fixed in my area.
 

Ford23

Member
Thank you for this thread folks; I had never really thought of ways in which we could save on anything to do with pets. @HereSadie, it may actually be a good idea to check around my area because I have passed by places that seemed to have offers from time-to-time.
 

HereSadie

Well-known member
Brush your dogs teeth! It's much more affordable to do maintenance than it is to pay the vet bill for dental work. I like the two-headed brushes and only use the smallest end. It's easy once you get the hang of it.
 

Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
On the subject of teeth :( I actually have one dog that seems prone to bad tarter (Maltese). I been brushing and lost control and seems to be to far gone to help with brushing only.

Such a hard decision to get dental work done or find a good vet to do the work....
 

HereSadie

Well-known member
The Maltese is such a gorgeous breed! I guess beauty is pain for dogs too. Have you tried given the dog those dental chews? They seem to do a good job of scraping off tartar
 

Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
The Maltese is such a gorgeous breed! I guess beauty is pain for dogs too. Have you tried given the dog those dental chews? They seem to do a good job of scraping off tartar

I tried brushing and the additives for the water along with so many different dental bones. Unfortunately I lost control and have to make the decision to get it done from a vet and put him under. I been researching and of course many will debate the pros and cons! For me I think it's worth it and will prolong his life in the long run....
 

HereSadie

Well-known member
Oh, I see what you mean. I misunderstood how far things had gone. I've had a toothache before and it hurts like heck. I wouldn't want my dog to go through that. Tartar buildup also leads to gingivitis , so I definitely understand heading to the vet when you've got a problem.

One of the craziest things about pet ownership is how judgmental and opinionated some people can be. I hate it when they act like you haven't done your own research and are making an educated decision on what you think is best. I bet I come across that way sometimes and need to watch my tone.
 

Pipsqueak

Member
Check discount stores for bargains on high-quality food. I often find reputable brands like Nature's Variety, Taste of the Wild, Orijen, and Lotus at stores like United Grocery Outlet (UGO) and Big Lots. Just make sure to check the expiration dates before buying. After Christmas Big Lots puts their holiday items on sale, including the dog gifts. Mine eventually drops prices to 90% off. Last year I snagged a ton of dog toys for .10-.50 each. Dogs don't care if their chew toy has Santa on it when Christmas has already come and gone.
 

ZITA

Member
On the subject of teeth :( I actually have one dog that seems prone to bad tarter (Maltese). I been brushing and lost control and seems to be to far gone to help with brushing only.

Such a hard decision to get dental work done or find a good vet to do the work....
Don't be discouraged. Have your vet do a physical exam including gums & teeth. If gum disease is present(sight & smell) best thing you can do is get a full dental. Most vets will do blood work prior to the dental to ensure the pup is up to it, no underlying issues etc. some may even put the pup on a cycle of antibiotics before & after depending upon condition of it's mouth. Gum disease is the worst. Direct correlation just like us with heart disease, diabetes etc. VERY common in small dogs and cats. February is dental month and provide services at a good discount. Took ZZ earlier this year, 3 extractions. Now maintaining with brushing & chlorhexidine rinse. Feel free to contact me if you need any further info.
 

ZITA

Member
Here in NY we have the ASPCA mobile spay/neuter van which provides $5 s/n to persons on public assistance, Medicare/Medicaid as well as low cost s/n for others. Rabies, vaxs, nail trim too. Microchipping also available at additional cost. The website has all the requirements as well as when-where the van will be. MUST GET THERE VERY EARLY, NO JOKE---FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. Van fills up very quickly!!!
 
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