Owning a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. The companionship and unwavering love they provide is not only fulfilling for the soul, but it is good for our health, too! In fact, studies show that owning a pet can boost your mood, immunity, and lower your blood pressure; those statistics underscore why nine out of every ten pet owners consider their pet as much a part of their family as anyone else.
That being said, owning a pet can be very expensive, too, and not every budget has room for a furry friend. According to the American Veterinary Association, Americans spend more than $50 billion annually on the approximately 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats that live in our homes. And according to the American Pets Product Association, Americans spent an astounding 65 percent of that $50 billion on pet food and pet health care alone. Therefore, how do you cut corners without compromising the quality of the dog food you feed your pet, short changing your pet from proper healthcare, or negating other pet incidentals?
As far as what you feed your pet, the answer to affordability is to get creative with online recipes and deals from dog food coupons!
Dogs can be finicky eaters with very developed tastes, palates, and preferences. Just ask my beagle (may she rest in peace) about her utter disdain of carrots and green grapes! (She would literally spit them out and hide them behind the sofa.) There is a reason to their madness; the finickiness of canines is due in large part to the 1,700 taste buds that reside in the mouths of dogs. As such, the internet is bountiful with clever recipes for any dietary need (organic, vegetarian, gluten free) as well as dog food coupons for nearly any variety of manufactured dog food available on grocery store shelves. There are also dog food coupons for specialized brands that are often sold only by veterinarians.
It is important to know that dog food coupons may be available directly from the website of the food manufacturer. In addition, dog food coupons may be located online at sites that specialize in aggregating online bargains. When all else fails, dog food coupons may also be procured from your animal hospital (akin to the mouthwash coupons I get from my local dentist!)
The point is, dog food coupons or no dog food coupons, there are plenty of ways to maximize your budget so that it is animal friendly (and yummy for Fido)!