How to Save Money on Pet Care Costs

PetsIf you have a pet in your life, you more than likely consider him or her to be nothing short than a member of your family. You will spare no expense to ensure that your pet is happy and in good health. There are some tactics you can utilize to save money on pet care costs, and yet ensure your companion has the vest best at the same time.


These tactics or tips are not complicated. They are also strategies that have been tested in the past and have proven to be effective time and again.


Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Make sure your pet has an annual checkup. The reality is that annual checkups at which your pet’s health can be monitored is far cheaper than facing an emergency at some future point in time.

When seeking a primary vet to oversee things like an annual checkup, you will want to do some shopping around. The reality is that there can be some pretty significant pricing differences from one vet to another.


Personalize Your Pet’s Vaccinations

Another step you can take is to personalize your pet’s vaccinations. There are some vaccinations that may be required by law. For example, the rabies vaccination.

There are also vaccinations that may be highly necessary to protect against a health issue that is considered more prevalent among pets. There may also be vaccinations that are given to prevent some types of diseases that are not commonplace.

By working with your vet, you can determine which vaccinations are necessary and which really are not absolutely needed. By working with your vet, you can make sure pet properly is cared for and you can save money in the process as well.


Spay or Neuter Your Pet

There are benefits to be derived from spaying or neutering your pet beyond preventing pregnancies. By spaying or neutering your pet, you can reduce the risk that your furry family member faces some other types of serious medical conditions. These include uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancers.

Spaying or neutering your pet has the potential for saving money as well. By reducing the risks of these types of serious diseases, you lessen the prospect that you will have to spend money on treating these diseases at some point in the future.


Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

You can also save money on your pet’s care by brushing his or her teeth. Another reality is that dental disease can cause other illnesses for your pet. For example, some types of kidney and heart diseases are known to have a connection with dental disease.

Your vet can assist you in finding the best product to use to brush your pet’s teeth. Your vet is also likely to be willing to show you the proper way of brushing your pet’s teeth as part of an overall preventative medicine regimen.


Protect Your Pet from Parasites

You need to be proactive in protecting your pet against parasites. There is a variety of different types of products on the market that effectively work to address parasites in pets. Your vet can provide guidance in this regard.


Stop Smoking

If you smoke around your pet, you raise the risk that they will suffer from diseases like bronchitis, asthma, lymphoma, as well as oral, nasal and lung cancers. Second hand smoke is very dangerous to your pet.


Consider Pet Health Insurance

You might want to consider purchasing pet insurance. The number of different pet insurance options continues to grow in this day and age.

You will want to shop around, and closely compare different pet insurance plans, to find one that makes the most sense for you and your pet. With proper pet insurance, you can save a good deal of money on pet care, including when it comes to preventative medicine.


Select High Quality Pet Food

Consider spending a bit more money when it comes to the food you select for your pets. By spending some extra money on pet food, you typically will be able to get a higher quality product. A higher quality product is likely to enhance a pet’s overall health and wellbeing. In the end, higher quality food results in less money spent on vet bills in the future.

In the final analysis, you are best served by taking a comprehensive approach to ensuring great health for your pet and saving money at the same time. In other words, by taking advantage of these different tactics, you will have a healthier pet in your home and more money in your pocket.




Jessica Kane is a writer for Handicapped Pets, your most trusted source for dog wheelchairs and harnesses.


How a Retired Person can Prepare to be an Airbnb Host


If you are a retired person, whose children have moved away, you may have extra space in your home that you would like to put to better use. One strategy you might want to consider is becoming an Airbnb host. There are a number of steps that you will want to take in advance of becoming an Airbnb host.


Make Sure Your Home Sparkles

You know what you want to see when you travel and stay in a hotel — or when you have stayed in an Airbnb yourself. You want the space to be immaculate. You want the lodging to sparkle.

The same holds true when you open your home to Airbnb guests. You absolutely must go the extra mile to make sure your home is in tip-top shape when it comes to cleanliness and order.

You may be a solid housekeeper. With that said, you may miss some “things” from time to time. Therefore, a wise course is to consider retaining the services of a professional cleaning service. A real deep clean prior to becoming an Airbnb host is a good idea.


Address Potential Hazards

Before becoming an Airbnb host, undertake a close examination of your property and note any potential hazards — and then deal with them. For example, make sure all smoke detectors are in working order. If you are like many homeowners and don’t have a CO detector, get one at once. Nearly every year, people die because of carbon monoxide poisoning while staying in lodging like an Airbnb. You do not want to become part of that statistic.

If there are other dangers at your home like lose steps or even exposed wiring, get those matters addressed. Because you like alone, you may be looser with how you store chemicals. Becoming an Airbnb hosts necessitates that you stow dangerous substances in safe locations with a focus on keeping them out of reach of children.


Secure Your Valuables

In the end, when you become an Airbnb host, you are letting strangers stay in your home. The vast majority of people who use Airbnb when they travel are decent and trustworthy. Nonetheless, individuals who might not be so honorable do fall through the cracks.

With this in mind, you want to make sure that you secure your valuables. You might want to consider getting a home safe to place jewelry and similar items.


Supplies for Guests

Take the time to marshal supplies that you can make available to your Airbnb guests. You may have your own ideas about what should be included in the way of supplies for your visitors. With that in mind, types of supplies many Airbnb hosts make available to their guests include:

  • Extra blankets
  • Ironing board and iron
  • New toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Microwave
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • First-aid kit
  • Working remotes for TV and video player
  • Extra light bulbs
  • Fans
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Extra towels
  • Extra washcloths


Prepare House Rules

Develop a list of reasonable house rules. You don’t want to go overboard in this regard. Nonetheless, you want to delineate what you expect. For example, if pets are allowed, you will want to set forth what furry guests can and cannot do. If a guest can smoke on the property, but not inside the house, explain where the smoking area is located.


Your Own Safety

If you will in residence when you have Airbnb guests, you need to have protocols in place to protect yourself. Again, in nearly every case, no issue arises in which an Airbnb host’s safety is in anyway jeopardized. Nonetheless, the old adage of “better safe than sorry” has true meaning in this type of situation.

You should install solid locks on your bedroom door or at another door that separates the area in which Airbnb guests will be staying. You should also consider installing a security system that includes a panic button that you can keep in your person and that will alert all types of emergency personnel.

Finally, you need to let a family member or friend know when you will be having an Airbnb guest. You might even want to arrange for people to stop by from time to time — even for just a moment — when you have a guest. This sends a message that even thought you are an older person, you are well connected with others.



Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.