Pet care in the economy – what to do when money gets tight

Pets are a lot of work. They’re also pretty expensive.

Trust me, I know. I have to put up with these little monsters on a regular basis:








Note: I’m actually obsessed with them – they’re my little babies. And yes, Coal (on the left) is in his pup snuggie. It was winter, duh.

Anyway, so with the economy the way it is, it wasn’t a surprise to many to see that the York County SPCA has been inundated recently  with abandoned pets, as their owners find that they can’t take care of them anymore.

But that got me thinking about what pet owners can do to cut costs while continuing to provide forever homes for the animals they consider part of the family.

Luckily, I found a helpful article with some tips for caring for your pet in a down economy. Here are some highlights:

  1. Big box stores such as Walgreens, Costco and Target have pharmacies that often provide significant savings on pet medications.
  2. Sign up at pet supply stores for loyalty programs.
  3. Ask your veterinarian about a payment plan; many veterinary offices offer interest-free payment plans to their customers, but they don’t advertise them.
  4. Brush your pet’s teeth. Poor dental hygiene in dogs and cats leads to a number of serious health issues that are expensive to treat.
  5. Buy in bulk at your local retail store or try online flash sales.
  6. Use high quality pet food. The benefits from high quality health food are significant and a healthier pet means lower medical costs over their lifetime.
  7. Keep your pet in shape. Obesity is one of the biggest contributors to health issues in pets.

UPDATE: Apparently, I’m not the only one with seriously spoiled dogs in the biz department here at the Daily Record. Sean Adkins sent me this photo of his dog, Gracie enjoying a treat on her birthday, courtesy of Sean’s wife, Christine.

About Ashley Wislock

Business reporter focusing on retail for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. In my spare time, I'm a social media, sports, reality TV and celebrity gossip junkie. Contact me at or 717-771-2029!
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