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Cutting the cost of pet ownership.

The soaring cost of living and rapidly rising pet costs will be something to consider as we head into the Christmas season again.

It is important to examine where we are spending money on our pets so we can make an informed decision about where we can save money. A personal budget is a very good idea, and so too is a pet budget.

One of the best ways of keeping track is to have a dairy for each of your pets.  That way you can record their medical history to make sure they get all the proper vaccinations and treatments, and you can keep track of the money spent on each pet (we don’t want sibling rivalry to develop!!).  It is also great having a dairy you can look back on to remember all the important events in your pets life – like the day they took their first step.

Once you know where the money is being spent on your pet you can look at ways of cutting back should you need to.

It is very important to realise not all cost cutting measures will save you money.

For example: buying the cheapest pet food might reduce your pet bill by a few dollars a week, but may cost you several thousand dollars in vet bills and medication in the advent of pet diabetes, cancer, or bowl problems.

Choosing not to invest in pet medical insurance may seem like a good cost cutting measure, but again, you may regret cutting costs in this area when a vet visit is required over Christmas.

Instead you should look at areas like basic pet care and hygiene for ways to cut costs.  Are you going to specialists for procedures that you could do yourself, such as grooming and pedicures (or is that pawdicures?).

The most obvious cost cutting examples are in the pet “bling” market.  Does your dog really need custom monogrammed coats made from Yak wool with daimond studs?  Or your cat need a gold laced collar with sterling silver bells?

They may be slightly exaggerated examples (for most people anyway), but you know what little treats you shower upon your pet that are more for your pleasure than your pets.

If you are looking for areas to make cut backs this Christmas revisit this MarketWatch article by Andrea Coombes on keeping the costs of pet ownership in check. Below are just three of her thirteen tips:

  1. Don’t buy the cheapest pet food. Higher-quality food helps keep your pet healthier, and you might save on training costs, Fearing said, as cheap food with fillers can lead to hyperactivity.
  2. Don’t overfeed your pet. Many people feed more than the package guidelines, Zawistowski said. Feeding the right amount saves on food costs — which average about 40% of a pet owner’s total costs — and reduces the likelihood of obesity-related ailments.
  3. Spay or neuter your pet. “Spayed and neutered pets have fewer health problems down the road,” Fearing said, pointing to prostate and ovarian cancer. Also, once neutered, “they roam significantly less, so they’re not getting hit by cars.”


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Latest In Vet Medicine Saves Lives of Pets and People

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The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released the following information.

Veterinary medicine is quickly expanding into new high-tech approaches to save pets. The side benefits of this work is improved medicine for people.  Such advancements include laser scalpels, arthroscopic surgery, genomic research, and even dog heart defibrillators.

As the demands of pet owners become more advanced, expecting treatment for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and orthopedic problems, the treatments developed by veterinarians are increasingly crossing over to treat human patients.

The constant refusal by a subborn German shepherd – Cassidy – to wear a strap on prosthetic to replace her missing hind leg led to the development of a titanium fitting allowing a carbon fibre leg to be attatced directly to the bone. Dr. Marcellin-Little’s team at NCSU have used this new technology to implant limbs on two cats and to create a plate for the roof of a dog’s mouth. It involves using computed tomography (CT) to scan and create three-dimensional implants that perfectly match the patients bones.  There are plenty of amputees that would benefit from this kind of advanced prosthetic.

Dr. James Cook is advancing medical knowledge in the same way his name-sake advanced our knowledge of the globe, with his leading edge research into joint repair.  His BioDuct Meniscal Fixation Device helps repair damaged meiscus, the cartilage in the knee joint, which stops the onset of arthritis.  Recently approved to be used as human medicine Dr. Cooks treatment has healed or partially healed 25 dogs only weeks after surgery.

As this trend grows, you could very well find your life being saved by medicine developed by a vet for the treatment of your pet.

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Diabetes can occur in cats, dogs, and other animals.

It is not only the human kind that can develop diabetes.
Even our beloved pets, no matter how well we care for them,
can develop diabetes.

This is often a scary situation for the pet owner and the
first question that is usually asked of the veterinarian is
-will my pet need to be put to sleep-?

Of course this is a difficult issue and the answer may vary
on the overall age and health of your pet.

Many older pets that are diagnosed with diabetes go on to
live many more happy years, but this takes commitment and
close care of your pet.

Diabetic cats and dogs can live just as long as perfectly
healthy pet if the diabetes is diagnosed and treated
properly by both the veterinarian and the owner.

This takes great commitment from the owner. Pets must be
cared for and watched daily with a high level of care and

There can be no feeding the cat and forgetting until the
next day. There is no leaving the pet along to go on a
trip. Every day your pet will need medication, fed a proper
diet and his behavior will need to be monitored closely.

This doesn’t mean you will have to give up your job and
stay home full time with your pet, but it does mean you
will have to pay more attention to what his behavior is and
know what to do if the situation should change.

It is also more of a financial obligation to have a sick
pet. So it is something that should be discussed in length
with your vet.

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