Pets can be expensive. I know, because we have two dogs that continually find inventive ways to keep us on our toes and reaching for our wallets. Last time we left our American bulldog Murphy with a pet sitter, for example, he finished off a 15-pound bag of dog food. The damage was an $80 vet bill. His not-so-friendly run-ins with the local groundhogs cost us $325. Our miniature goldendoodle Bella is less mischievous but is our pampered pup, requiring $70 grooming sessions every month.
At least we're in good company. I mean this literally, since they're lots of fun, but also statistically. According to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $50 billion on pets last year. Food and vet costs contributed to 65 percent of the spending, but the service category, which includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, pet sitting, and day care, surged more than any other in 2011.
Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or pet turtle, there are some simple ways to save on the cost of caring for your pet without skimping out on their needs and even some luxuries. In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson shares some cost-conscious ways to care for your pet. Check it out, then read on for more.
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