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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 ,
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
08-19-2007, 10:52 PM #9
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
08-19-2007, 10:53 PM #10
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.
08-19-2007, 10:53 PM #11
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.
08-19-2007, 10:54 PM #12
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
11-04-2007, 06:22 PM #13
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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.
01-07-2008, 06:19 PM #14
Re: Pet Costs
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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