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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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