The Right Way to Save on Pet Care Services

What does it mean to own a pet dog? If you think that it’s more or less the same thing that it was when you are a child, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. In America today, there are more pets than there are people. Pet care services and products have turned into this mega-huge industry with highly paid creative types continually thinking up ways to part you from your money. The moment you pick up that soft-eyed and irresistibly cute puppy at the pet shop, you begin a relationship not only with the little baby dog in your hands but also with the pet care services industry. Just imagine?pet owners in this country spend about $40 billion on their pets every year. It isn’t just inflation that does this. It’s just that the pet care industry has so many new ideas all the time for things you can buy or do for your pet. They try to take advantage of your weakness.

The thing is, it’s not as if cats and dogs have dramatically evolved in the last 50 years. What it takes to make a cat or dog comfortable and happy hasn’t changed. Get your dog a handcrafted collar and leash and it wouldn’t know the difference. The real pet care services that you need?veterinary and grooming care, haven’t risen in cost as quickly as general inflation has. The cost of pet food has risen even more slowly at 4%. Saving on what you spend for your pet without compromising on its health and happiness is easier today than it ever was. Here’s what you need to know.

There are a few pet care services that you could undertake to do yourself. For instance, dental cleaning visits with your pet can cost $200 each. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly right at home can save you a considerable sum. Claw-trimming and ear cleaning can be pretty expensive too. If you’re spending money on these things, you’ll probably try to save by cutting down on the number of times you take your pet in for an appointment. If you learn to do these yourself, and it’s not hard to do these things, not only would your pet be a lot healthier, but you could save a bundle.

Pet medications can be expensive. So can pet vaccinations. The American Animal Hospital Association has put out new guidelines for how often you need to get your pets vaccinated. There are a few that have been moved off the annual vaccination list and put on the list of vaccinations to be done once every three years. Not only does this save you money, it’s even good for your pet.

Buying pet products, you can’t assume that any one place has the best prices. Sometimes, the pet superstores have the best prices. Sometimes places online do. Shopping around isn’t just something you do for pet food and other pet products though. Veterinarians charge wildly different fees all the time. Make sure that you pick a veterinarian for the quality of service he provides and also the prices he charges.

Be Responsible – Pet Ownership & Pet Care Tips For Cats and Dogs

Responsible pet ownership requires a lot of dependability, knowledge, and consideration; unfortunately, some new pet owners take this responsibility very lightly.

So, before you take home your new dog or cat, consider the following pet care tips to ensure that you are providing your new friend with the right amount of care and just the right amount of love! Your new companion is relying on you to provide it.

Dogs

Whether your new pet is just a puppy or an adult dog, you have a challenge ahead of you to practice responsible pet ownership and awareness. Your home is new territory, and you are now your pet’s primary caregiver. Both kindness and a firm yet reassuring approach to your new dog will go a long way. Ensure that he knows you’re ready to give him the love he deserves by creating a canine-friendly atmosphere and integrating these pet care tips into his routine.

  • Crate training and housebreaking: Two very important stages in your dog’s life. Crate training, should you choose this method, gives your pet a quiet, safe place to retreat to at bedtime or whenever you leave the house. If you want to prevent chewing or scratching, crate training might be necessary in the beginning. Housebreaking is just a matter of routine – think of a word you want your dog to associate with going to the bathroom outside and use it repeatedly. Take your dog outside multiple times, normally after meals or water breaks, and he’ll soon make the connection.
  • Flea and tick prevention: Without preventative measures and an ounce of responsible pet ownership, your home could become infested or your dog could become extremely ill. Most vets can provide you with products that eliminate fleas and ticks on your dog. Available orally or in a liquid form placed on the back just once a month, your dog will be able to repel fleas, ticks, and parasites regularly.
  • Shots and preventative vaccines: Dogs suffer from many terrible diseases that are often fatal if not treated or prevented at the outset. Vaccination is one of the most important pet care tips that can be provided – and one that should be heeded. Rabies, distemper, heartworms, and parvovirus are some of the worst viruses that can afflict your dog – your vet will discuss which shots your pet receives at each yearly check-up to prevent these agonizing diseases.
  • Spaying or neutering: Similar to yearly vaccinations, highlighting the need for spaying or neutering play into vital pet care tips. Gone unmonitored, two dogs can produce over 4,000 offspring in seven years. Sadly, a large number of these dogs will be euthanized or left to fend for themselves on the street. Spaying or neutering, a major part of responsible pet ownership, ensures your pet will be healthier in the long run, and you will have prevented the birth of more unwanted puppies.
  • Obedience training: Your dog desires structure. Teaching him the basic commands yourself or enrolling him in an obedience or training course gives him a level of organization in his life. Furthermore, teaching him certain commands also ensures that he will be a well-behaved, functioning member of your family within your home. Purchase a book offering pet behavior and pet care tips, such as My Smart Puppy by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson or Dog Talk by John Ross. These two books will give you a better idea of responsible pet ownership and how to approach certain situations with your new dog.

Cats

Unlike dogs, cats are much more independent, needing perhaps less of your attention. Cats, however, rely on you for the same necessities that a dog expects. If problematic behaviors pop up, contact your local animal shelter or animal welfare organization for more pet care tips. Most likely, literature on both dog and cat care will be provided upon request.

In any case, to help your cat be a happier, better-behaved feline, consider the following more important pet care tips:

  • A clean litter box: If your cat lives inside, you will need to clean and/or empty his litter box at least twice a day. Every week or so, you’ll also need to dump the litter out entirely and wash his box with hot, soapy water to reduce the spread of bacterial growth. This task can be easy to forget, but cats are clean animals. For a cat, this is one of the more important pet care tips – ensuring his area is always clean. The location of his box is important – keep it out of high-traffic areas and away from his food. To help him learn to use his litter box, show him where it is four to five times a day and encourage him to use it, praising him when he uses it or even just digs.
  • Flea and tick prevention: Fleas and ticks can make your new pet very sick and can introduce parasites into the bloodstream. Practice responsible pet ownership! Prevent this from occurring by purchasing flea and tick preventative products from your vet. Flea powder and a quick sweep of the vacuum through your house is also an excellent guard against fleas or ticks. However, if you do opt to buy products online or at the store, be cautious and practice responsible pet ownership by checking the labels and warnings if any – some preventative measures are harmful to cats.
  • Spaying or neutering: As important for cats as it is for dogs! Responsible pet ownership dictates that you have your cat spayed or neutered when s/he is between six and eight weeks old if possible. Not only will you help prevent pet “overpopulation,” but you will reduce the potential for other cancers and diseases that may occur if your cat is not surgically altered.
  • Shots and preventative vaccines: Cats are susceptible to a variety of fatal and painful diseases. Without vaccinations and a nod to responsible pet ownership, they will likely die or have medical issues throughout their lives. Much like the recommendation for dogs, vaccination for cats is one of the most important pet care tips. Rabies, FeLV (Feline Leukemia), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), and distemper are some of the worst – however, with a regular check-up and shots from your vet and just a bit of responsible pet ownership, you have nothing to worry about!

Be a Knowledgeable Pet Owner

You now have a big responsibility on your hands. Your new cat or dog ultimately relies on you to provide him with the necessities of life, and it is your job as a responsible, knowledgeable pet owner to ensure that he has a happy, healthy life by incorporating a routine into his life and following the pet care tips that have been outlined above.

Do your research and talk to other pet owners to get other helpful pet care tips! Your pet has basic needs that must be fulfilled by you. Of course, he needs a ready supply of cool drinking water, healthy dog or cat food, shade or shelter, and grooming on a regular basis, but he also expects you to create a loving home and warm environment and to keep him healthy and happy.

With just a little awareness of what to expect coupled with responsible pet ownership, you’ll be ready to give your new companion lots of love and a happy home!

Pet Care Products And How To Buy Them

Your dog means everything to you and your family. Your kids are unable to recall or imagine life without him. If something were to happen to him the entire family would be affected. Unfortunately, he is growing older and eventually, of course, something will happen to him. Meanwhile though you need to ensure that he is as content and healthy as possible. He is no longer the sweet lively puppy you brought home when the kids were still toddlers. His coat has lost some of its shine and he is scratching a great deal. The veterinarian says it’s nothing to worry about and recommended a dog shampoo but it has not cleared it up entirely. You’ve looked online for some other itchy dog/skin relief shampoos and were stunned by the choices available.

I do not mind spending a little more on pet care products for my dog but I do not want to get ripped off.

We certainly do love our dogs; and we have lots of them. It’s approximated that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 million dogs in the United States and that dog care, in the US alone, is a multibillion dollar a year industry. Needless to say, anywhere there’s that much money to be made you will find individuals and businesses lined up for their piece of the pie. Some will be legitimate and others not.

So how can I recognize if pet care products are legit or just ‘snake oil’?

The best thing to do is get recommendations from actual people you trust whether it’s other dog owners you know, your local groomer or pet store owner (if you have a good rapport with them) or your veterinarian. Anyone company can make an unsubstantiated claim but if you can’t seem to find anyone else who can validate those claims then conceivably they are suspect.

I have been considering some of these supposed miracle formulations and honestly I wonder if some of these products are even safe.

If a dog product is advertised as medicated it must be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration which simply means that it needs to contain what it claims to contain. Whereas if it is just a regular shampoo it doesn’t get the same kind of scrutiny as a human shampoo would get. What you sometimes find with unscrupulous dog product companies are nothing more than repackaging of human shampoos which is not at all appropriate – a dog’s skin is more alkaline than humans and cannot replenish oils the same way.

So what should I look for?

If you are determined to test new dog grooming supplies here are a few things you can look for before handing over your hard-earned cash

– money back satisfaction guarantees

– businesses that are forthcoming when it comes to all the ingredients their products contain

– products that come recommended by individuals you know and trust

– businesses that have active social media sites like Facebook; if you cannot find people you know you might at least be able to talk to other people who have used the products

In the end any new product you introduce into your dog’s life needs to be introduced with caution. Closely monitor results for any troubling reactions and if there is anything that concerns you then discontinue use at least until you can get it checked out with your vet.