It is only natural right now with the economy for people to start becoming more and more frugal with their spending. All around you it is coupon for this wait until next month for that and maybe we can afford it later. When it comes to your family’s health, this should never be a compromise. Your fur-kids are included in your family! Getting with Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, we have a few ways in which pet owners can still provide the best for their pets but also learn how to trim the cost of their care. Below are just some of the ways to help:
Get your pet to the vet: Preventative veterinary care like annual vet visits will help catch help problems in their early stages, saving you time and money in the long run. There is nothing like taking your pet into the veterinarian’s office for a check-up that could have detected a problem that would take antibiotics to correct, but you waited until it now cost hundreds to keep your furry friend alive. Looking for veterinarians in the Savannah Area? Click HERE.
Give your pets regular check-ups: You can do this at home and weekly. These check-ups will go a long way for the health of your pet:
1. Check under the pets fur for any lumps, flakes or scabs – Could be just allergies for the flakes but a lump could mean cancer. Best to know either way.
2. Check the eyes and ears for signs of redness or discharge – This could mean an infection that is easily taken care of with antibiotics or even drops. Again not expensive.
3. Clean the ears and brush the teeth. This is very important as most health problems stem from having bad teeth.
4. Make note of any changes in your pet’s eating habits. This could mean digestive issues, blockages or any number of things but if caught early enough, the veterinarian bill will be much less.
5. Check the breath to make sure he is not experiencing any digestive issues.
Vaccinate your pet wisely: Not all vaccines are needed for all pets. If your dog is not boarded, they would not necessarily need the Bordetella vaccine. Most vets just give pets their blanketed set of vaccines, just talk to your vet and see what is exactly needed so you can save on unnecessary costs.
Train your dog: An obedient pooch is a healthy pooch. Providing your dog with the proper training, like Camp Bow Wow’s premier dog training program: Bow Wow Behavior Buddies, will ensure that he is calmer in social scenarios. Teaching your dog the basics will not only help them behave in special circumstances but it could mean saving them from running out into a street if they know the sit and stay command.
Let your pets play: Prevent pet from feeling pent-up (and save money from ruined furniture or stressed-induced illness), by giving them plenty of play time. Take your dog to a doggie day care or overnight camp, like Camp Bow Wow, which has all-inclusive Day Care Packages that provide discounted pricing. Make sure cats get exercise if you have to keep them in a room during the day. If you are not able to take your dog to a facility, Camp Bow Wow’s in-home pet care program, Home Buddies offers discount packages and will keep your dog entertained while the family is out. Looking for doggie day care facilities in the Savannah Area as well as Pet Sitters, click the areas of interest.
Feed pets healthy meals: Feeding your pet’s premium-quality age-appropriate food is an upfront cost that will save you money in the end. All-natural pet food with whole ingredients is a great choice to enhance your pet’s coat and give them more energy, all resulting in less trips to the vet. Cheaper pet food contains less digestible fillers, which lack nutrients and can also cause allergies or digestive problems. This will eventually result in higher vet bills than the cost of the food. This is preventative measures. There are many places in Savannah to purchase all-natural pet food. PetSmart, Pet Supermarket, and TailsSpin are to just name a few.
Don’t over feed your pet: No matter how healthy your pet’s food is, don’t over feed at meals. Don’t feed an endless amount of treats as well. This can also be harmful to your pets. Pet obesity is a growing concern (44% of dogsand57% of cats (84 million animals) obese or overweight in the United States), moderate portions will save you money on food as well as costs associated with caring for an obese pet. Consult your veterinarian to find out your pets ideal weight and try to maintain that.
To further combat pet obesity, Camp Bow Wow hosted a “Fitness Challenge”. Check out participant’s success stories to see how they got back into shape with their furry friend.
Groom at home: Regularly brushing to your dog or cat and trimming their nails will not only keep them content and happy, but it will also save you on visits to the groomer. You can go to any pet supply place and talk to them about the proper nail trimming trimmers and the best brushes for your particular pet’s coat. Some brushes are made for dense fur while others are made for thinner coats. By brushing your cats coat you can help eliminate hair balls that can create health issues if they get large enough to create a blockage.
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