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Thread: Pet Costs
08-19-2007, 10:45 PM #1
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.
08-19-2007, 10:46 PM #2
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.
08-19-2007, 10:47 PM #3
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!
08-19-2007, 10:47 PM #4
--urinary tract infections. That's what is cause by cheap cat food ,
not kidney disease
08-19-2007, 10:48 PM #5
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.
08-19-2007, 10:50 PM #6
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.
08-19-2007, 10:51 PM #7
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
Wal-Mart (Ol Roy) has some inexpensive food (~ $16 for a 40# bag). But not all
dogs can eat it.
08-19-2007, 10:52 PM #8
--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