Having an animal under your care really takes time, effort and sometimes money. There are a lot of people who do not really know how to properly care for their pets and animals. And so, they end up losing so much money paying the veterinary clinic because their pets always get ill. Sometimes, they lose their beloved pets. And this is just so sad.
There are also some people who mistreat their animals even without knowing. This is because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly care for them.
While mistreatment of animals is certainly not (and by no means should be) excused by not having enough funds, there are ways to minimise the cost of pet care without sacrificing a precious animal's quality of life. Here are just some of the ways you can manage the costs of pet care.
First, get preventative care for your pet. Look for an established vet and ask about his preventative health care plan for dogs, cats, birds, and other species of pets. It is always best to take care of a small wound, tick or flea infestations, or unusual behaviour before they start to get big. It will then be hard to take care of.
Secondly, do not over-feed your pets. Indeed, fat cats and dogs can seem devastatingly cute. But you will not find it the least bit amusing or ideal when your overweight cat or dog starts to show signs of osteoarthritis, diabetes, or respiratory problems. Some overweight dogs can suffer from heat intolerance, and while some places are not really super-hot, some towns do experience hot, humid summers.
So give your pets the right amount of food. Try not to get into the habit of giving them treats all the time. Do not share human food as this may cause diarrhea (particularly for cats). And always keep their water bowl full.
It is also advisable to exercise, play with, and keep your pets active. A physically active pet is not only a healthy pet but also a happy one. Dogs and cats that are never left to their own devices and given lots of activity are less likely to get bored also. This means that they may not exhibit behavioural problems like unusual chewing of your furniture or your shoes, over barking, aggression (yes, even with cats), and scratching.
Lastly, save money for emergency pet treatments. When you can, set aside a few dollars every time you get your paycheck. The small amount of money you are able to put away now could save the life of your beloved dog or cat in the future. Get more pet care tips here.