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3 Surprising Things You Should Be Doing to Save Money on Your Dog

3 Surprising Things You Should Be Doing to Save Money on Your Dog

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I want all the dogs. I want them all. Without proper supervision, I would probably wind up on that outrageous animal hoarder show. I want to follow in the pawsteps of Jon and Tracey Stewart and create a farm/sanctuary, and fill that sucker up with dogs.

 

And I don’t care about the social isolation or the fact that I might repel members of the opposite sex; the only thing stopping me from achieving my Bark Barn dream and animal-hoarding nightmare is that fact that I can’t afford it.

 

Every dog owner will tell you that getting those little fur balls was the best decision we’ve made, but dang they’re pricey! Americans spent 58 billion dollars on our dogs last year. That’s nothing to snarf (sneeze+arf) at!

Never fear, BarkPost is here! We’ve come up with three surefire ways to help you save some money on pet care long term. Sure, you might have to shell out some dough at first, but you’ll reap the rewards in fewer sick visits, lower medical bills, and endless tail wags and nose wiggles.

1. High Quality Dog Food

“So. Worth. It.”
The price tag may be intimidating at first, but opting for the higher quality grub for your pup really pays off in the long run. It may be hard to accept paying more when all looks like the same… mush, but that mush is super important! Our dogs are part of our family, and providing our pets with the best care possible starts with their diet. The most important thing to do it read what’s in your dog’s food. If you don’t recognize the first few ingredients, it’s a good idea to switch up their meal plan. Feeding our dogs well not only extends their life expectancy, but it will save you costs of vet bills in the future.

2. Pet Health Care

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Pet insurance is a safety net of sorts that will be your saving grace should you ever be faced with a medical emergency. Companies like Banfield Pet work just like your own health insurance: you select a deductible and pay a monthly premium in order to protect yourself against a potentially bank-breaking cost such as an emergency surgery or treatment against a long-term illness. It’s also a smart preventative measure—for a flat fee, Banfield, for example, covers two comprehensive physical exams per year, annual dental cleaning—some offices will charge you $100 just to get through the door—a full panel of vaccines, behavioral classes, and more.

Not only is it a sound financial investment, it could also potentially spare you the agonizing decision one day of whether you can afford to treat your pet.

3. BarkBox

Dogs may be furry, shameless, money pits, but let’s face it, we’re still going to spoil them with treats, toys, and chews, so why not do it in an economically efficient way? Ahem. Let us introduce ourselves. (Cue We are the Champions/Who Let The Dogs Out mash-up) Our monthly subscription boxes come loaded with all these good things, which spare you from having to buy in bulk, and also helps you discover your favorite, lifelong brands; find out if your pooch likes, say, heart shaped bacon biscuits (and just so you know.. your dog likes heart shaped bacon biscuits),without having to splurge on a whole gallon’s worth, and sample different chew toys until you find the one that your little terror terrier can’t destroy! And of course, our products have your dog’s healthcare and welfare in mind, which will also save you a pretty penny at the end of the day. Each BarkBox is valued between $35-$50 and with prices from $19-$29, you’ll be rolling in that doggy dough, those bark bucks, that hard, cold, canine cash!
 

 

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