Pets are part of the family, whom we love, nourish, care for and treat just like everyone else in the household!
According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans are expected to spend more than $69.36 billion on pet care this year -- yes, BILLION! Up from $67 billion in 2016. In addition, cat owners, spend about $988 per pet, while dog owners spend about $1,549 per pet.
In today’s economy, everyone is looking to save on expenses. Here are five ideas for saving money on our furbabies expenses.
Yelp provides a wealth of information for local service providers. You can get info and reviews on everything from emergency vets to local dog parks to dog walkers and pet sitters, and makes it easy to call or email the location for more information. You'll often find special offers and service discounts to save you money.
2. Save with auto shipments
Consider auto-shipments for products that you purchase regularly, like dog or cat food, which save both time and money. Amazon's Subscribe and Save program offers discounts of 15%. Chewy.com is a pet owner favorite -- my furry nieces, Luna and Bianca get so excited when they see the box being delivered from their window! Petco has a similar service, as well as Pet Food Direct.
3. Pet Meds: You have options
Just because the vet prescribes a medication, it doesn’t mean you have to purchase from them at a higher cost than the alternatives available. Try sites such as 1-800-PET-MEDS for low-cost options. Or shop around: GoodRX offers pricing of various medications for pets based on your zip code.
4. Make your own pet toys
How often do you receive a delivery, empty out the box and turn around to find your cat inside of it? It's surprising how makeshift toys provide our pets with ongoing entertainment just as much as manufactured toys! Try braiding an old towel to make a dog toy. Tie string around a toilet paper tube to amuse the cats. You can Google endless ideas.
5. Pet Care Cost Cutting Tips from the ASPCA
The ASPCA offers cost cutting tips that are worth a look for saving money on your pet’s health care. They also have a helpful tool to find local clinics to spay or neuter your pets.
How can Home & Pet Solutions help you? Our concierge services will save you time and money! In addition to pet sitting and dog walking, customer favorites include home cleaning, handyman, and remodeling jobs. We also support small business with virtual assistant services, and office cleaning.
Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs and also cats. If you’ve seen the news lately, you’ve probably heard how quickly the dog flu has been spreading nationwide.
Canine influenza is transmitted in dogs much like it is in humans. It travels through droplets or aerosols from coughing, barking and sneezing. Dogs in close contact with infected dogs in kennels, groomers, day care facilities and shelters are at increased risk of infection. In addition, CI can be spread through objects (e.g., kennels, food and water bowls, inflatable pools in dog parks, collars and leashes) or people that have been in contact with infected dogs.
Signs, Symptoms & Incubation Period
Signs and symptoms of CI include cough, nasal and/or ocular discharge, sneezing, and lethargy.
Keep in mind that dog flu has an incubation period of 1 to 5 days, with signs and symptoms appearing 2 to 8 days after exposure. Dogs are most contagious during the incubation period and can spread the virus even though they are not showing any signs of illness. Some dogs may show no signs of illness, but still be infected and spread the virus.
Prevention & Control Measures
It is imperative to clean and disinfect objects that have been in contact with other dogs in public places like kennels, dog parks, doggy day care facilities, to avoid exposing other dogs to the virus. The virus can remain on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and on hands for 12 hours, so pet owners and caretakers who frequent these public places should wash their hands and clean their clothing to avoid spreading the virus.
If you use a kennel, or doggy day care, ask the staff to tell you about the protocols they have in place to minimize the risk of CI in their facility. They should have written prevention & control measures that they can share with you. If not, it would be wise to grab your pup and leave! There’s no place like home to keep your loved one happy, healthy and safe.
What can Home & Pet Solutions do to help you?
Home & Pet Solutions offers in-home pet sitting (almost overnight & overnight services) and dog walking visits (check out our frequency packages).
When you plan a vacation, you can’t always take your pet with you. This is especially true for frequent business travelers. It’s important to make plans for your cat or dog so they’re well taken care of while you’re away. There are several options for traveling pet parents – hire a professional pet sitter or board them at a doggy daycare or kennel. Consider your pet’s age, type (cat or dog), and behavioral and medical needs when making your choice.
What say you? Share your experiences with pet sitters and kennels. We'd also like to hear from you what would make you happy and confident with your decision to use Home & Pet Solutions pet sitting services.
Peace, Love & Pets,