When you become a dog owner, you quickly learn that dogs are not cheap. From food to toys to vet bills, the costs can add up quickly. But it's important not to skimp on your dog's care, especially when it comes to their safety and well-being. In this guide, we will teach you how to spend money on your dog without wasting it. We'll help you figure out where to spend your money so that your pup can have a long and healthy life!
Raising a dog for most people is second only to the experience of raising human children. They are party of your family and you will want to treat them such. However, it takes a lot of work and money to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Unfortunately there are many ways to spend money that aren't always the most effective and there are other things you may not think are important but you shouldn't skip.
Let's take a look at both of these and help spend your money effectively when it comes to raising your new dog as a valued member of your family!
Don't Go Cheap On Dog Food (but don't feel the need to overspend)
When you look through the aisles of your local pet store or browse online you quickly discover there is a wide spectrum of prices from industrial brands like Pedigree and Purina to gourmet brands costing four or five times that price. Still others offer human-quality food that costs as much as what you are eating.
One of the more popular recent trends is holistic dog food. This is a label being used by marketers to reflect that the formula is designed to help with overall body health and not just making the dog less hungry. There is no regulation in the United States for this, so it is important that you check labels to ensure you are actually purchasing something worth the extra cost.
Generally speaking though, there are some great brands out there and holistic dog food is healthier for your dog than most traditional pet foods. Some of the most notable benefits of holistic dog foods include:
- Fewer Allergies: Dogs with allergies can be very uncomfortable and disrupted by their symptoms. Holistic dog meals are free of the most common allergens that cause problems for dogs.
- Better Heart Health: Heart health is critical for dogs and certain holistic dog foods can improve your dog's heart health in as little as three weeks.
- Better Coat and Skin Health: Coat and skin health is often indicative of your dog's overall health. Holistic dog meals can help improve the condition of your pet's coat and skin, which lead to increased shine and energy.
- Less Bloat: Bloat (or gastric dilatation) can be very dangerous for dogs and sometimes cause death. Holistic dog meals can reduce the frequency of bloat, as most of them contain probiotics that help in the digestion process.
While specialty dog food like these holistic brands can cost more, the long term value is important ... even if it is hard to track. For instance, a healthier dog will live longer, require less costly veterinary care, and be able to return your love longer.
Spay or Neuter Your Dog
Besides keeping them healthy and reducing instances cancer (especially breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancer), spaying or neutering will help reduce behavior patterns that are undesirable. For instance, a female dog who has been spayed will no longer experience heat and this will be less messy as well as less costly for you to clean up as well as preventing male dogs from attempting to mate with her. Likewise, male dogs that have been neutered will be less likely to escape your house or yard when they pick up the scent of a female in heat.
Some common myths about spaying and neutering your dog include:
There are many rumors and misconceptions about spaying and neutering, so it is unfortunate that many pooch parents avoid this procedure.
Spaying or neutering will make my dog fat.
Yes it can result in weight gain because the change in hormones such as reduction of estradiol and testosterone and increase in leptin will both slow metabolism while increasing apatite. However the procedure itself isn't responsible for this since it is important that you adjust both the food intake as well as exercise to ensure your dog maintains a healthy life.
Spaying or neutering will change the personality of my pet.
This could not be further from the truth. Dogs and cats that have been spayed or neutered will retain their personality traits after the surgery. However, you will see changes in habits such as aggression and marking behavior.
Spaying or neutering is too expensive.
This could not be further from the truth, as many veterinary offices offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. There are also organizations that raise money to help low-income families afford the costs. One such organization here in San Diego is SNAP - Spay Neuter Action Project and they even have a mobile surgical unit that can travel to communities where their help is needed most.
Spaying and neutering hurts the dogs.
There's no denying that these are medical procedures and with that comes a certain amount of pain and suffering. However, during the procedure your dog will be completely anesthetized and will feel no direct pain from the procedure. While there will be discomfort in the following days, no serious harm should occur and this is one of the most common veterinary surgical procedures in America today.
One of the most important decisions you make for your new dog is whether to get them spayed or neutered. There are many benefits for both the dog and their owner, so it is important to consult with your veterinarian to see if this is the right decision for you and your pet.
<p ">It should also go without saying that while a litter of puppies may be a wonderful gift and can be incredibly cute ... the pregnancy and care of mom and her litter can be quite expensive.
Proper Dental Care Is Essential
Dogs need their teeth brushed just like we do. However, they also need the right chew toys as well as regular cleanings the same way we do. This helps keep their breath smelling good while preventing tartar build-up and gum disease. All you need is a toothbrush, some pet-safe toothpaste, and water.
Take Them For Regular Vet Checkups
Just like with people, regular vet checkups are important for dogs to detect any health problems early on so they can be treated. Annual physical exams as well as routine vaccinations and deworming are all essential for your dog's health. You should also keep track of your dog's weight and look out for changes in their eating and drinking habits, as these could be indicative of a health problem.
Good Daycare and Pet Sitting Is Essential
Pet sitters and dog daycare can be expensive. There's no way around that challenge. However, this is an area where it is especially important to spend your money wisely and look at all of your options. Also, you need to make sure that whatever choice you go with is the right fit for your dog - no matter how nice the facility appears.
Fancy dog daycare facilities aren't nessisarily the best. You'll want to look for things like maintenance, smells, condition of things like the fabric covering the beds and space provided to the dogs more so than amenities like is there a TV for them to watch.
In some cases you may find that your dog simply isn't social or ready to engage with other dogs in an open environment, so hiring a dog sitter to visit your home may be the preferred option. While this might be more expensive, having your dog sit in the corner stressed out and shaking can cause emotional trauma that manifests itself in other ways that are unpredictable.
<p ">Walking and playing with your dog make for a healthy and comfortable exercise option. A good walk or game of fetch in the park can do wonders for both their body and mind. Since regular exercise with your dog is beneficial to you both, it's best to create time every day for a walk and play session with your loyal furry friend.
There are many different ways to make your dog more comfortable without straining your budget. From providing them with the right food to taking them for walks and playing fetch, you should be able to find something that works well for both of you. Dogs provide us with companionship and unconditional love, so it's important to do what we can to make them happy and healthy.