Pet Costs- Pet Care

Is there any frugal ways to keep pets these days? I have just been given a Blue Tick dog,he is about 6 months old,It will cost me about 150 dollars to get him nutered and blood work drawn,and about 60 dollars for shots and 15 for a booster! My gosh!!! I didnt even start to talk about my cats

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    Is there any frugal ways to keep pets these days? I have just been
    given a Blue Tick dog,he is about 6 months old,It will cost me about
    150 dollars to get him nutered and blood work drawn,and about 60
    dollars for shots and 15 for a booster! My gosh!!! I didnt even start
    to talk about my cats annual shots!!Which is also 60 dollars! Is all
    this nessasery? Is there any cheaper ways for this to be done?? I dont

    know if I can afford this and get food and upkeep for my pets,what do
    u guys suggest??My cat is an indoor cat and the dog is an outside dog.

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    If your cat is an indoor cat and never comes into contact with other
    cats. You can get away with shots every other year. The vet won't
    admit it but I have heard this before.

    Melissa

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    I don't know how you feel about this, but I have 2 indoor cats and an
    indoor (most of the time) dog. We don't get them any shots. Of
    course we did when we first got them, and their boosters after 1 year,
    but I have grown up with animals all my life, and we never got our
    animals shots. It's very unlikely that they will get sick unless they
    are directly exposed to another sick animal...which is not possible if
    they stay indoors. Plus, we have a fenced in yard for them to go out
    if they want. Also, try topical flea treatment w/ coupons at Walmart,
    etc. instead of letting the vet do them...much cheaper! And, it is
    wise to get them neutered first thing...or you'll end up w/ more
    animals than you have now!! I wouldn't worry about buying expensive
    food unless your pet has a digestive problem (we have to buy Iam's due
    to cat's urinary tract infections and dog's digestive problems). Buy
    food in big bags, or smaller bags w/ coupons to save $$. Hope this
    helps...let me know if you need any more advice!

    Jennie Kirby

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    --urinary tract infections. That's what is cause by cheap cat food ,
    not kidney disease

    Melissa

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    there is a website http://www.spayusa.org <http://www.spayusa.org> that helps pay
    for spaying or neutering. Also some shots you can give your pets yourself.
    you can get the vacinations at a farm supply store like country general or
    TSC. here the only shot the vet has to give is rabies. Also most of the pet
    food sites will mail you coupons if you tell them you like their product etc
    I know iams and science diet both sent me coupons. Purina one has a email
    form for 1 free 3.5 bag of their food on their site.
    Iris

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    Where do you live? In Utah we have " The big fix" it is low cost spay/nuter
    provided by local vets. Check with your shelter, we also have low cost clinics
    for shots. Just a thought.

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    You can get him fixed at your local ASPCA. I know they fix cats for like $40
    or so, vs. a vet, who charges $200. You can also get the shots there - for a
    small fee.
    Wal-Mart (Ol Roy) has some inexpensive food (~ $16 for a 40# bag). But not all
    dogs can eat it.

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    --Be careful giving your cats cheap food. I heard most OTC cat food
    can cause kidney problems. When I had one I fed her Science Diet

    Melissa

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    Pets are like children. They aren't cheap. I wouldn't
    skimp on medical care for either pet. Check with your
    humane society or local government offices and see if
    they have a free or reduced clinic.

    Ellen in VT

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    Where do you live? We live in Houston, Tx and have an assistance
    program called SNAP (spay, neuter assistance program) It's kind of a
    pain, you have to be there at 7 am with your pet and pick it up by 3 or
    they donate your pet to Texas A&M research program( or something weird
    like that) BUT, they spay neuter for 35-40 dollars. We also have low
    cost vaccination clinics around town. Some of them are even sponsored
    by our local PETCO. Do you have a PETCO or PETSMART nearby? Maybe they
    can assist you in finding the low cost clinics.


    Carol Kellogg-McNally

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    Don't skimp on shots. Your animals can get diseases even if they
    aren't in contact with other animals. And sometimes, despite our best
    efforts, they escape. But also for others safety. We just had a
    neighbor stop by the other day to make sure our cat was current on his
    shots because he had had a scuffle with her cat and I know we could
    have been legally responsible for vet bills if he hadn't been. If you
    can't afford medical care for a pet, then you can't afford a pet.
    They are a responsibility like a child and many states have been
    beefing up their laws about this, so you will want to be sure you are
    taking care of your legal responsibilities. Also, being the recipient
    of a dog bite in the recent past, I know that insurance companies are
    really cracking down on coverage of this and a lot of them now require
    a separate rider to cover a dog bite situation on your homeowners.
    Just a few things to check on. Hope it works out.

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    Check at your local pet shelters for information. Where I live (Akron, Ohio)
    there are low-cost shot clinics available. There is also a list of
    veterinarians who do low cost neutering and spaying. My son had his puppy
    neutered for only $40.00.

    Even if you keep your dog in a fenced area outside, you need to watch out for
    other animals getting into your yard, that could be harmful to your dog. Cats
    can get over fences and feral cats can carry who-knows-what. We live in the
    city and we still have wild critters here. Posson, raccoons, skunk. So my son
    is very careful when he lets the dog outside.

    My son buys the big bags of dog food - he like Beneful - at BJ's Warehouse Club.
    It's cheaper than other stores, and BJ's sends a flyer with their coupons and
    accepts manufactureres' coupons as well and that bring the cost down even
    further.

    HTH

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    This is not meant as an endorsement of PETA.

    In my area of Virginia PETA has SNIP clinics---ie-low cost spay & neuter clinics in a big va. I understand it's a lot cheaper than "normal" neutering clinics.

    If you adopt an animal from certain shelters, they will give you a discount slip of paper for neutering/spaying at certain vets.

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    I keep my pets on the same madical rutine as my self If there is nothingg wrong we dont see the Dr. That being said even If we think there is a problem we call right away and ask if they should be brought in. When I have brought them in they have been in perfect health. If your worried about your pets health I sujest you Spend time with them and put aside time daily for brushing and playing. Big Dr bills wont help your pet or your self. If you are paying attention to them you should see signs if there is somthing wrong. First shots are important after that I would play it by ear. On the other hand if you are The DR typ they do have pet health insurence.

 

 

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