pet care http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3191/all en-US 8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-507275074.jpg" alt="Learning ways to lower your vet bills" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking your dog or cat to the vet can cause a big hit to your bank account, and if your pet has a medical emergency, you can easily expect to spend more than $500. This can take a toll on any family's finances, which is why we've found some easy ways to save money at the vet, without compromising your pet's health.</p> <h2>1. Take advantage of preventive care</h2> <p>If your vet suggests preventive care services, such as heartworm prevention medication for example, consider how much you'll save with this affordable service, as opposed to what you would spend treating heartworm disease.</p> <p>Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, grooming, proper food portions, teeth brushing, and overall care. Severe dental issues can cost more than $1,000 to treat, so it's a preventive measure that shouldn't be skipped.</p> <h2>2. Prevent parasites</h2> <p>Get your animal on a flea and tick prevention program to keep fleas, ticks, lice, and worms at bay. These typically come in the form of a monthly pill, and many of these provide protection against several parasites at once. Along with saving you money on future treatments, this will also keep your pet healthy, happy, and comfortable.</p> <h2>3. Take advantage of free exams</h2> <p>Some veterinary offices or hospitals offer discounts or even free exams, to encourage owners to bring their pets in to treat for issues before they become hard to treat. Make inquiries with your local veterinary offices to see what they offer.</p> <h2>4. Compare prices</h2> <p>Compare service and prescription prices in your area before committing to one veterinary practice. Use online rating sites like Yelp to find a highly-reviewed vet that won't break the bank. Inquire about whether the office offers new pet or wellness care packages that can bundle exams and vaccines at a discount. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-dog-costs-you-should-prepare-for-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Unexpected Dog Costs You Should Prepare for Now</a>)</p> <h2>5. Keep your pet's weight in check</h2> <p>According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, about 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Excess weight can lead to a host of health problems for animals. Keep your pet fit and active for a healthier lifestyle and fewer vet visits. Also, be aware of the ingredients in your pet's food. If you're trying to cut out processed food from your own diet, you should do the same for them. Look for food that promotes overall health for your pet's breed and dietary needs, and do not overfeed them.</p> <p>And just because they adorably dance for treats doesn't mean you should keep handing them out!</p> <h2>6. Ask about financing</h2> <p>Many veterinary offices will offer financing, payment plans, or even discounts if you are upfront with them about any financial hardships you're facing. They might also work with a credit lender (like CareCredit), which allows you to pay the fees over the course of several months with no interest, upon credit approval. You can also look into private veterinary discount plans like PetAssure.</p> <h2>7. Get pet insurance immediately</h2> <p>Pet health insurance can save you a huge amount of money if your pet has costly medical expenses in the future. Keep in mind that pre-existing conditions and inherited disorders will not be covered, so it's important to get pet insurance as early as possible. Many policies will also limit coverage to one treatment per illness, so do your research to determine if it's right for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a>)</p> <h2>8. Request an estimate before services are rendered</h2> <p>A written estimate will let you know how much you can expect to spend. Don't feel shy about saying &quot;no&quot; to a service or asking for a detailed explanation of the recommended services. If you think that a service is unnecessary or too expensive, visit another vet with your estimate in hand.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers">7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty cats dogs family members pet care pet health pet insurance pet owners pets vet bills veterinarian Mon, 08 May 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1940414 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-535409412.jpg" alt="Learning reasons to include pets in your will" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our pets give us love. They share our beds. We even buy them birthday presents. And though you might consider Fido to be a bona fide member of the family, the law has a different perspective. Your dog is your personal property &mdash; no different from your car or the silver china.</p> <p>But unlike your other personal property, there's good reason to include your pet in your estate plan. Here's why your pet deserves a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-set-up-a-trust-for-your-child?ref=internal" target="_blank">place in your will</a>.</p> <h2>1. Your Pet Could End Up Lonely, Or Worse</h2> <p>Though pets have shorter life spans than people, many pet owners will die before their animals do. And those who fail to make arrangements for their furry friend's future care take on the risk that their beloved animal could be condemned to an ownerless life in an animal shelter &mdash; or worse. Often, pets without owners are euthanized when there are no immediate options to find them a new home.</p> <h2>2. You Can Designate Funds for Pet Care</h2> <p>Funding is optional, but a future pet care fund is recommended for pet owners who want to ensure that their pet receives a certain quality of care in the event that they're no longer around to see to it themselves. You can designate a fixed amount or a percentage of a bank account, insurance policy, retirement fund, or even a portion of the sale of a home.</p> <p>If you do decide to designate funding for pet care, you need to figure out how much. Consider that pets are more expensive as they age. How long is your pet expected to live? Do you plan to compensate a person or organization to see your pet care wishes through, or are you only interested in setting aside funding for the actual pet care services?</p> <p>It's also important to determine who or what organization will be in charge of the funds. In a pet trust, the person who manages the funds is called the trustee. It's smart to consider a backup trustee in case your first choice becomes unwilling or unable to do the job.</p> <h2>3. You Can Keep Bonded Pets Together</h2> <p>If you have multiple pets that were raised together or developed a close bond, you can save them from the emotional trauma of separation by including instructions to keep them together in your will.</p> <h2>4. You Can Name a Pet Guardian</h2> <p>Sometimes friends or family members vow to take in a cat or parrot in the event of a pet owner's death. Yet many of these informal promises, however well-intentioned, fail to play out as planned. This is why it's beneficial to designate a pet guardian.</p> <p>A pet guardian is any person or organization who will become responsible for your pets and for the task of carrying out your pet care instructions. This can include the role of monitoring any funding set aside for pet care, or you may instead designate a completely different person or organization to assume the role of trustee. If a pet organization assumes the role of pet guardian, you should be sure to include directions about adoption. It's also vital that you research whether the pet organization has a fee for pet guardianship. If it does, you must factor in this fee when deciding how to disburse your funds.</p> <h2>5. You Can Name a Successor Pet Guardian</h2> <p>The goal is to ensure that your pet is cared for when you're no longer around to see to this end yourself. So it only makes sense that a successor pet guardian should be named to take the guardianship duties over in the event that your primary pet guardian becomes unable or unwilling to do the job.</p> <h2>6. A Cautionary Tale: Wild Wishes Could Be Ignored</h2> <p>The instructions you leave for the care of your pet should be sensible and legal. Just because you write it in your will doesn't necessarily mean it will be carried out. In fact, a will cannot enforce far-fetched demands when there's no one willing or legally able to uphold them. At its core, estate planning is solely intended to distribute property. Wild wishes can be ignored.</p> <p>In perhaps the most extreme cautionary tale, billionaire real estate heiress Leona Helmsley famously left 12 million dollars for the care of her white Maltese, Trouble. &quot;I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum,&quot; Helmsley wrote in her will. But very few of the instructions she left in her will were followed. Millions of dollars that Helmsley intended to be spent on the dog went to other purposes because she never specified how all of the money should be spent, and the cemetery where Helmsley was buried refused to ignore a legal policy that forbids the interring of nonhuman remains at human cemeteries.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-you-can-learn-from-your-pets">6 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Your Pets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Family cat dog family members family pet last will and testament pet care pets will Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:30:33 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1901228 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_head_tilt_60704362.jpg" alt="Dog given the best pet flea medications to prevent fleas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flea and tick bites can cause your pet discomfort and unhappiness. If left untreated, your pet can contract a number of illnesses, such as flea allergy dermatitis, skin infections and irritation, anemia, and even tapeworms. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s important to treat infested areas as soon as you notice a problem to stop the flea life cycle.</p> <h2>What Is Pet Flea Medication?</h2> <p>Pet flea medication can be applied to your pet on a monthly basis to kill fleas, ticks, and other pesky critters that may be harming your pet. You&rsquo;ll want a flea medication that works quickly and effectively, is easy to use, and will last about a month per dose. Keep in mind that your pet may still temporarily scratch as a result of the fleas dying.</p> <p>Remember, it&rsquo;s important to always use dog products on dogs and cat products on cats. They cannot be used interchangeably, even if you choose a natural product. However, if the medication specifically states that it is safe for both cats and dogs, then you can use them on all of your furry pals. Even if a medication claims to be completely safe for your animal, each pet is different and yours may not react well. If you notice any problems or signs of lethargy or discomfort after using a flea medication, contact your vet.</p> <p>If you need further protection from fleas and ticks, consider something like the bestselling <a href="http://amzn.to/29ZVwqE">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Home Spray</a> or the bestselling <a href="http://amzn.to/29MEU6b">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Yard &amp; Kennel Spray</a>.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Flea Meds</h2> <h3>Bayer Advantage II Flea Control Treatment for Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgdS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bayer.jpg" width="131" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in cat flea drops, you can count on <a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgdS">Bayer Advantage II Flea Control Treatment for Cats</a> to effectively kill adult fleas, eggs, and larvae. The fast-working treatment starts safely killing fleas within five minutes. It also kills over 99% of flea larvae within 20 minutes, at least 98% of fleas within 12 hours, and 100% of chewing lice within one week, so your pet won&rsquo;t have to suffer for long. It can also inhibit flea growth and development, so you won&rsquo;t see another infestation for at least a month (if at all).</p> <p>This is safe for cats eight weeks of age and older. It comes with six doses and each dosage prevents further flea infestation for at least 30 days. The waterproof treatment also remains effective even after swimming or bathing. This is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,400 five-star reviews on Amazon and nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on 1-800-PetMeds. It is also commonly compared to the best-selling Frontline brand. If you are looking for treatment for your dogs, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgKL">Bayer Topical Flea Treatment for Dogs</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2a9LgdS"><em>Currently $52.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MFLUc"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/frontline.jpg" width="200" height="150" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog flea drops, you can count on <a href="http://amzn.to/29MFLUc">Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control</a> to provide effective treatment for your dog or puppy. The medicated ointment kills 98%-100% of ticks, lice, fleas, larvae, and flea eggs. It inhibits flea growth and development to completely break the flea life cycle and control tick infestations. The waterproof ointment remains effective even after swimming or bathing.</p> <p>There are various options available to suit the size of your dog. It usually comes with multiple doses and each dosage offers continuous protection from fleas and ticks for at least 30 days. If your dog isn&rsquo;t completely infested, the treatment can work for up to three months. This is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search and has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It is an Amazon best-seller, one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and has outstanding reviews, including nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also commonly compared to the best-selling Advantage and Advantix brands. If you are looking for treatment for your cats, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/29VF729">Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Cats and Kittens</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MFLUc"><em>Currently $34.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29WrqmN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/capstar.jpg" width="245" height="142" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29WrqmN">Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats</a> is an over-the-counter tablet that's very safe for both dogs and cats four weeks of age and older. The oral treatment begins working within 30 minutes and will kill more than 90% of adult fleas within four hours on dogs and six hours on cats. Your pet may need repeat treatments over time, as this doesn&rsquo;t last for very long.</p> <p>There are different medications for different pet weights, so your pet gets just the right amount of treatment. The flea control tablets are one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. They are also one of the best-selling items on Amazon and have outstanding reviews, including more than 2,200 five-star reviews on Amazon and more than 400 five-star reviews on 1-800-PetMeds. They are also commonly compared to the best-selling Comfortis flea treatment.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29WrqmN"><em>Currently $26.85 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bayer K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29OcViy"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/advantix.jpg" width="148" height="230" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29OcViy">Bayer K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs</a> kills adult ticks and fleas, eggs, and larvae. The topical flea treatment stops fleas from biting in less than five minutes, kills 98%-100% of fleas within 12 hours, and keeps working for a full month. It remains effective even after swimming or bathing. If you apply this year-round, or before the start of flea season, it will ensure that fleas are never an issue for your dog.</p> <p>This is safe for dogs seven weeks of age and older. This package includes six pre-measured easy-to-use applicator tubes, which each treatment preventing further flea infestation for at least 30 days. There are also different solutions for each dog size, so you can find the perfect one for your pooch. This is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. It is also one of the best-selling items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 2,300 five-star reviews on Amazon and nearly 1,900 five-star reviews on 1-800-PetMeds. It is also commonly compared to the best-selling Frontline brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29OcViy"><em>Currently $55.33 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MGncz"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bayer%20seresto.jpg" width="200" height="150" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog flea and tick control, the <a href="http://amzn.to/29MGncz">Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar</a> really does hold up to its lofty claims. It is one of the most highly recommended flea and tick prevention medications made by veterinarians because it is long lasting and really works to repel and kill fleas and ticks. It features sustained release technology, so the active ingredients are slowly and continuously released over eight months to provide continuous flea and tick protection. It has a safety release mechanism, which allows for a pet&rsquo;s release, if it should ever become trapped. The non-greasy, odorless collar is also waterproof and remains effective even after swimming or bathing.</p> <p>Flea collars are a convenient treatment option. All you need to do is put the collar on your pet and they will enjoy continued treatment for several months. However, they are not exactly the same as regular collars, so you won&rsquo;t want to attach leashes to them.</p> <p>This can be used on dogs and puppies seven weeks of age and older. There are various collar sizes available, so you can choose just the right one for your pooch. It is one of the top recommendations by Consumer Search. It is also one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. If you are looking for treatment for your cats, consider the best-seller in cat flea collars, <a href="http://amzn.to/2a9NhXw">Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Cats</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29MGncz"><em>Currently $40.35 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet flea meds. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes">The 5 Best Pet Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-diapers">The 5 Best Pet Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-stain-removers">The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Home Shopping 5 best flea medication flea preventative fleas pet care pets product reviews shopping Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:30:32 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1756350 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_bath_shampoo_70071119.jpg" alt="Dog using the best pet flea shampoos to kill fleas" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fleas can relentlessly bite your pets, leaving them itchy and irritated. Pet flea shampoo can kill these pesky critters to help improve your pet&rsquo;s quality of life, while also cleansing their coat.</p> <p>Many pet owners find that a natural homemade recipe made of liquid dish soap, vinegar, and warm water is enough to kill fleas, but it isn&rsquo;t always effective enough. When you need something stronger, a good flea shampoo can do just the trick.</p> <h2>What Is Pet Flea Shampoo?</h2> <p>Pet flea shampoo is a special medicated shampoo that can safely cleanse your pet&rsquo;s coat, while killing fleas and preventing them from returning. A quality flea shampoo can kill the adult fleas that are causing your dog's discomfort. However, you will need to continually shampoo your dog throughout the year to ensure it remains effective.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important to treat infested areas as soon as you notice a problem to stop the flea life cycle. Flea shampoo can be used like regular pet shampoo, starting at the head and behind the ears and moving down toward the tail. Simply let the lather remain in the hair coat for five minutes to kill pesky insects. It can usually be used along with a topical spot treatment or flea collar for enhanced results.</p> <p>Remember, it&rsquo;s important to always use dog products on dogs and cat products on cats. They cannot be used interchangeably, even if you choose a natural product. However, if the bottle specifically states that it is safe for both cats and dogs, then you can use it on all of your furry pals. Even if a shampoo claims to be completely safe for your animal, each pet is different and yours may not react well. If you notice any problems after using a flea shampoo, contact your vet.</p> <p>For quick cleanups, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/29rjn1s">Vet's Best 50 Count Flea + Tick Wipes</a>. If you need further protection from fleas and ticks, consider something like the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/29PtbAu">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Home Spray</a> or the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/29jGMiX">Vet's Best Flea &amp; Tick Yard &amp; Kennel Spray</a>.</p> <h2>Top 5 Pet Flea Shampoos</h2> <h3>Adams Plus Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo With Precor for Dogs and Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29zo8VZ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/adams.jpg" width="73" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29zo8VZ">Adams Plus Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats</a> is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in dog flea control shampoos, as well as the best seller in cat shampoos. You can count on it to kill fleas, ticks, and lice on contact. It also provides 28 days of control from flea eggs and flea larvae. It is gentle on the coat and skin, and can actually help remove loose dandruff, dirt, and scales to improve the coat&rsquo;s condition, leaving it soft and shiny. It is enriched with oatmeal, coconut extract, lanolin, and soothing aloe, so it shouldn&rsquo;t irritate your pet&rsquo;s coat.</p> <p>The concentrated lathering shampoo can be used on both dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older. Most reviewers tend to love how well this lathers. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29zo8VZ"><em>Currently $8.67 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo for Dogs With Oatmeal</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29PtqeX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hartz.jpg" width="85" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29PtqeX">Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea &amp; Tick Shampoo for Dogs with Oatmeal</a> provides immediate relief from adult fleas and ticks, including deer ticks, which may carry Lyme disease. It contains Pyrethrins, which kills fleas and ticks that can carry diseases. It also contains oatmeal to cleanse, deodorize, and soothe your pet&rsquo;s dry, itchy, or irritated skin. It has a light, fresh fragrance that reviewers tend to love.</p> <p>The cleansing shampoo can be used on dogs six months of age and older. This is an Amazon best-seller, one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29PtqeX"><em>Currently $10.78 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Vet&rsquo;s Best Flea Itch Relief Shampoo</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29rkrCe"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/vet%27s%20best.jpg" width="77" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29rkrCe">Vet&rsquo;s Best Flea Itch Relief Shampoo</a> is a veterinarian-formulated shampoo that provides fast itch relief from flea bites and infestations. Some reviewers found that it works nearly instantly to kills fleas and ticks. Instead of relying on harsh chemicals, it uses powerful natural ingredients like micronized oatmeal, aloe vera, camomile, solvent-free orange and lemon peel oil, and neem oil to soothe discomfort, irritation, dryness, and itching. It will not affect topical flea and tick control products that you may be using at the same time.</p> <p>This can be used on both dogs and puppies 12 weeks of age and older. Reviewers tend to like the mild natural scent. If you&rsquo;re looking for something you can use on both your cats and dogs, consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/29rlbHy">Vet&rsquo;s Best Natural Anti-Flea Easy Spray Shampoo</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29rkrCe"><em>Currently $7.72 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29nPcaJ"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/de%20flea.jpg" width="70" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29nPcaJ">Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo</a> is pesticide free, chemical free, nontoxic, and safe for people and pets. It is guaranteed to instantly kill fleas, ticks, mites, and lice safely. It kills insects on contact without the use of Pyrethrins or Permethrins, and will not wash off any flea and tick spot treatments you may be using at the same time. The gentle yet powerful formula works on all stages of the insect's' life cycle.</p> <p>The deep cleaning shampoo can be used on both dogs and cats 12 weeks of age and older. If this one doesn&rsquo;t work for your pet, consider the best-selling <a href="http://amzn.to/29PuyPt">Natural Chemistry Natural Flea and Tick Shampoo with Oatmeal for Dogs</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29nPcaJ"><em>Currently $9.09 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo With Oatmeal</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29v89tg"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sentry.jpg" width="100" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/29v89tg">Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo With Oatmeal</a> quickly kills fleas, ticks, and flea eggs for up to 10 days, including the ticks that may carry Lyme disease. The effective flea and tick dog shampoo is PH balanced for your pet&rsquo;s coat and contains oatmeal for deodorizing and cleansing. It also has a Hawaiian ginger scent that reviewers tend to love. After use, your dog&rsquo;s coat should be shiny, soft, and smelling great.</p> <p>This is intended for dogs only. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/29v89tg"><em>Currently $6.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best pet flea shampoos. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%205%20Best%20Pet%20Flea%20Shampoos.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Pet%20Flea%20Shampoos" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Pet%20Flea%20Shampoos.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-wipes">The 5 Best Pet Wipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toilet-papers">The 5 Best Toilet Papers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-diapers">The 5 Best Pet Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Home Shopping 5 best dogs flea control flea prevention flea shampoos pet care pets product reviews shopping Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:31:19 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1746640 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Cat Foods http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-cat-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_feeding_cat_000049020870.jpg" alt="Woman feeding her cat with the best cat food available" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your cats deserve the very best food and we can help you find just that. But, what exactly makes a cat food &ldquo;the best?&rdquo; Cat food that is high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and high in antioxidants can help improve your cat&rsquo;s overall health and can even help them drop excess weight. When shopping for cat food, some things to look for in the ingredients are more meat, less grain, and no corn, wheat, soy, meat byproducts, or artificial preservatives, colors, or additives.</p> <h2>What Is Cat Food?</h2> <p>Cat food offers the right combination of a tasty flavor that your cat will love, with the protein and nutrients they need to be healthy and active. With so many varieties of dry food, canned food, frozen food, and food pouches to choose from, you can find the perfect cat food for your picky feline. Options like organic, natural, and grain free cat food are preferable, but not necessarily something your pet needs. If you&rsquo;re still not sure what is right for your pet, your veterinarian can help guide you in the right direction.</p> <h2>Top 5 Cat Foods</h2> <h3>Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food, Rocky Mountain Feline Formula</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/taste%20of%20the%20wild.jpg" width="157" height="250" align="right" alt="" /></a>With meat as the main ingredient in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K">Taste of the Wild Dry Cat Food</a>, your cat can enjoy a wholesome, protein-filled meal that tastes great. Awarded the best value dry cat food by ConsumerSearch, this high quality, veterinarian-recommended cat food has no corn, soy, or harmful byproducts. The top quality cat food also contains fruits, vegetables, natural antioxidants, and probiotics. The healthy recipe can lead to an improved immune system, better health, increased energy, and can even help an overweight cat reach their ideal size.</p> <p>While it&rsquo;s a bit more expensive than your standard supermarket cat food, most vets and pet owners agree that it is worth the cost to have a healthier, happier cat. Cats in all stages of life also love the roasted venison and smoked salmon flavor. In fact, even picky eaters and cats with sensitive stomachs love this dry cat food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CIPS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0018CIPS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=VUAI3JO52ISATP5K"><em>Currently $13.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Halo, Spot's Stew for Cats</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/halo.jpg" width="250" height="131" align="right" alt="" /></a>Many cats prefer wet food like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6">Halo, Spot's Stew for Cats</a>, and your vet may even recommend it if your cat is a picky eater or has a sensitive stomach. This wholesome chicken recipe was awarded the best canned cat food by ConsumerSearch, thanks in part to the flavor cats can&rsquo;t seem to get enough of. Complete with high quality ingredients, like veggies and chunks of butcher-quality meat, this looks more like a stew than cat food. The healthy, grain-free wet cat food has no artificial preservatives, no fillers, no byproducts, and is a lower calorie option than some other premium foods.</p> <p>It is recommended more often than most other canned cat foods and offers a complete and balanced nutrition for cats in all life stages.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HYH8PK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004HYH8PK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=2PYZSRS55MIFQ4H6"><em>Currently $19.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OB3E30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005OB3E30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PXNSLF7B2E36GVLX"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/fancy%20feast.jpg" width="250" height="221" align="right" alt="" />Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers</a> wet cat food is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in canned cat food. Your cat will love the array of flavors, and you&rsquo;ll love that they&rsquo;re getting a 100% complete and balanced meal, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Packed with little bits of meat and gravy, these 3-ounce cans of food can be more easily digested by your adult cat or kitten compared to dry food. An average size adult cat requires 1 can per 2-1/2 pounds of body weight daily. Feed up to twice this amount to kittens.</p> <p>This canned food can also be paired with a dry cat food. The overwhelmingly positive reviews state that these cans are a favorite, even for picky cats and cats with sensitive stomachs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OB3E30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B005OB3E30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=PXNSLF7B2E36GVLX"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4CJQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4CJQ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LRTHMGIKPVZPS2UV"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/meow%20mix.jpg" width="168" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Meow Mix Original Choice Dry Cat Food</a> is an affordable option and is Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in dry cat food. It offers 100% complete and balanced nutrition for kittens and adult cats, as well as for pregnant and nursing cats. Along with offering a flavor that most cats love, it also contains essential nutrients and antioxidants to support a long, healthy life. It also contains high quality protein for a lean body and more energy. With flavors of chicken, salmon, ocean fish, and turkey, even picky cats won&rsquo;t get bored with the flavor anytime soon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R4CJQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000R4CJQ2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=LRTHMGIKPVZPS2UV"><em>Currently $10.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Hill's Science Diet Adult Oral Care</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MWBFMK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003MWBFMK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76IDTB6HHIB7KLFD"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hills.jpg" width="150" height="250" align="right" alt="" />Hill&rsquo;s Science Diet</a> is not only veterinarian-recommended, but also U.S. Veterinarians&rsquo; #1 choice to feed their own pets. Impress your vet by improving your pet&rsquo;s oral health with each meal. This dry cat food can help reduce plaque buildup, improve tooth health, freshen your cat&rsquo;s breath, and provide the nutrients they need. Along with helping build a healthy immune system, it can also lead to lean muscle and an ideal body weight. It is also easy to digest and offers complete nutrition, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.</p> <p>Overwhelmingly positive customer reviews agree that even picky cats love the flavor of this quality cat food. It&rsquo;s also backed by a 100% money-back guarantee for your added peace of mind. Hill&rsquo;s Science Diet also offers a range of dry cat food formulas, such as weight loss, sensitive stomach, hairball control, and mature adult formulas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MWBFMK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003MWBFMK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=76IDTB6HHIB7KLFD"><em>Currently $22.39 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best cat foods. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cat-foods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-glass-water-bottles">The 5 Best Glass Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-extra-virgin-olive-oils">The 5 Best Extra Virgin Olive Oils</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping cat food pet care pet food pet supplies product reviews Wed, 20 May 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1399608 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chihuahua-dog-bed-fancy-accessories-Dollarphotoclub_36470129.jpg" alt="chihuahua fancy" title="chihuahua fancy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans love their pets. In fact, the estimated amount we <a href="http://www.petfoodindustry.com/Pet_spending_estimated_at_US$58_5_billion_for_2014.html">spent on our pets</a> in 2014 was almost $60 billion. That's a whole lot of dog treats and cat toys. However, while a lot of those purchases were worth the money, some were a little exorbitant to say the least. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought?ref=seealso">7 Homemade Pet Toys That Are Cheaper and Better Than Storebought</a>)</p> <p>With money being tight for so many of us these days, we have to make the best financial choices for ourselves, whilst keeping the wellbeing of our pets top of mind. With that being said, the following 10 products should be avoided. Not only are they insanely overpriced, they're also wasted on animals that really don't care if they eat prime rib or &quot;prime cuts&quot; of mystery meat in jelly.</p> <h2>1. Persian Lamb and Mink Dog Coat &mdash; $995</h2> <p>Here's the thing about dogs; they already have a coat. Nature provided them with a way of keeping warm, and they can shed the volume of this coat in the warmer months to stay a little cooler. So providing a dog with a coat, well, that's like wearing a jacket on top of your jacket. Admittedly, sometimes in extreme weather, you may want to cover your pooch with a dog jacket. That's often more for your own peace of mind than the dog's safety. But if you do, avoid a <a href="http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Black-Persian-Lamb-With-Sheared-Mink-Collar-Dog-Coat/89709521">$1000 coat</a> made from lamb's wool and mink. It looks ridiculous, it costs an arm and a leg, and the dog won't care!</p> <h2>2. Ebano Intreccio Scolpito Dog Collar &mdash; $420</h2> <p>The translation means &quot;carved ebony.&quot; That's a tad confusing when you look at the actual collar and realize that it's just a leather collar. Oh, but not just any leather collar. This&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bottegaveneta.com/us/pet-accessory_cod51118599xp.html">collar costs $420</a>. The description says that it is &quot;sculpted to perfection&quot; and is &quot;extremely strong, resistant, and beautiful.&quot; For $420, it should walk the dog while you sit back and enjoy a coffee and a donut.</p> <h2>3. The Louis XV Pet Pavilion Dog Bed &mdash; $23,995</h2> <p>Styled after an 18th Century French commode (which is actually a chest of drawers, not a toilet), this&nbsp;<a href="http://styletipsy.com/accessories/louis-xv-pet-pavilion/">lavish dog bed</a> will set you back the price of a new 2015 Ford Escape. However, unlike the SUV, this beautifully carved dog bed does&hellip; well, nothing. It just sits there, looking pretty (if you like that sort of thing) and is a shining example that you have money to burn. Only for the very rich, and very stupid.</p> <h2>4. Sexy Beast Dog Perfume &mdash; $65</h2> <p>You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to waste money. This purchase will set you back just $65, but you may as well flush your money down the toilet. Touted as a &quot;<a href="http://www.sexybeastperfume.com/">unisex pet fragrance</a>,&quot; Sexy Beast is available in 1.7 ounce and 3.4 ounce sizes. It is a blend of &quot;bergamot and vanilla-infused musk, combined with natural patchouli, mandarin, and nutmeg oils.&quot; What a waste of time. Give your dog a bath. Or if they really hum and that doesn't work, you'd be better off spraying them with a little air freshener or Febreze. Save your money for fragrances humans can wear.</p> <h2>5. Swarovski Crystal Cat Flap &mdash; $1,650</h2> <p>If you own a cat or two, you know that cat flaps are not exactly the height of design elegance. They're functional, as they should be. They serve the purpose of letting the cat come in and out of the room or house without having to keep the door open. Ideally, they go unnoticed. Unless, however, you shell out a small fortune for one of these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1158909/The-1-000-Swarovski-crystal-encrusted-cat-flap-creates-purrrfect-pet-entrance.html">hideous things</a>. Not only does it look like it cost a few bucks from a discount store, it doesn't even hide the full cat flap!</p> <h2>6. The 8' x 10' Luxury Dog House Kit &mdash; $3,399</h2> <p>The most insulting thing about that dog house is the word &quot;kit.&quot; For that kind of money, you should have it delivered to your dog fully assembled, and be treated to dinner at a five-star restaurant. But no, you have to build this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doowaggle.com/8-x-10-luxury-dog-house-kit-cape-cod-model/">luxury pooch palace</a>&nbsp;yourself. It's not even painted! It features wood wall framing, wood trusses, and an adult entrance door to check in on your pampered best friend.</p> <h2>7. The Cat Cabin &mdash; $1,400</h2> <p>Handmade with wood and liana (a kind of vine) this <a href="http://www.homebasic.de/index.php?show=sturm%20und%20drang&amp;product=5">cosy cat cabin</a>&nbsp;features a dirt repellent pillow and multiple entrance and exit points. It is made by HomeBasic, a German company, and as it is woven by German artisans, you know the cost is going towards construction and not raw materials. After all, it's basically wicker and rattan.</p> <h2>8. Designer Poodle Tiara &mdash; $4.2 million</h2> <p>This kind of extravagant spending is obscene. When you consider the amount of people in this world who are poor and hungry, throwing away millions of dollars on an <a href="http://www.bornrich.com/42-million-designer-tiara-for-pampered-poochie.html">ornament for a dog</a> makes absolutely no sense. The dog has no idea what it's wearing, or why. It's simply a way for the owners to say &quot;Look how much money we have.&quot; With any luck, the dog will bury it somewhere in the back garden and make the owners go digging.</p> <h2>9. Versace Barocco Pet Bowl &mdash; $754</h2> <p>What is more important? The food you give your pet, or the dish you serve it in? If you answered with the latter, congratulations&hellip; you've got more money than sense. Feed your pet a healthy diet and serve it in a dish that costs $20 or less. Something sturdy. Not a <a href="http://www.pawnation.com/2013/09/17/pamper-your-cat-edition/5">dish inlaid with gold</a>. The write-up even says &quot;Your cat may not know the difference, but you will, right?&quot; Yes, you should know better.</p> <h2>10. Pet Resorts &mdash; $1,000 and Up</h2> <p>If you're off on vacation but can't bring your dog or cat with you, why not send them on their own holiday? Why not? Because it's insane. Places like <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI62VAc1Y5s">Paradise Ranch</a> take away that guilty feeling by pampering your pet for days, or even weeks, with the highest of care. Services like &quot;human companionship while they sleep&quot; and &quot;full service spas&quot; ensure that your dog will have a confusing but comfortable time while you're away. Remember&hellip; pets are not people; you don't treat them the way you want to be treated, you treat them the way they need to be cared for. Boogie board lessons are not fun; they're strange and harrowing.</p> <p><em>What's the most you've ever spent on stuff for a pup or a kitty?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers">7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cats dogs money wastes pet care pet toys pets Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:00:09 +0000 Paul Michael 1289846 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Pet Expenses That Aren't Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/labrador-puppy-chew-toy-Dollarphotoclub_74327010.jpg" alt="puppy chew toy" title="puppy chew toy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pets give us so much: fun, cuddles, love. But they are also very expensive. There are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">lots of ways</a> to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-yank-the-leash-on-pet-expenses">curb your pet expenses</a>, but here are the four pet expenses that are really just not worth it.</p> <h2>Pet Insurance</h2> <p>A health <a href="http://www.petinsurance.com/">insurance plan</a> for your dog, cat, bird, snake, or any other pet, might sound like a good idea, especially if you have a purebred animal prone to health issues late in life. However, the insurance deal for pets is not exactly as great as the kind we humans get.</p> <p>First, the premiums are high considering how few issues will likely arise. The basic plans are around $11 per month, and comprehensive care is up to $40 per month. Over the course of a pets life, let's say 10 years, you will have spent up to $4800. That's the cost of a resort vacation or a used car!</p> <p>Second, problems requiring a specialist will still cost you an arm and leg. If you have a big issue, like a <a href="http://consumerist.com/2013/04/09/getting-health-insurance-for-my-pet-was-a-bad-deal-heres-why/">dog enduring heart failure</a>, one can find that with each visit, the reimbursements get smaller and smaller. Considering the vet costs and the type of pet, you might be better off paying for expenses as they arise.</p> <h2>Obedience Classes</h2> <p>Even post-Cesar Milan, we are still in a dog training craze. Many folks adopting rescue pets might believe they need to buy discipline courses or &quot;boot camps.&quot; But these classes are a high risk for an uncertain reward: Group classes cost up to $125 on average, private classes cost up to $500 on average, and boarding school training can cost $1800 on average; and there's little guarantee the results will last.</p> <p>So how can you train a pet without classes? It's simple: As the owner of a pet (specifically dogs), you are the alpha. That means the obedience training should come from you. There are lots of resources on how to spend time and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/training-your-dog-9-hazardous-habits-and-how-to-break-them">training pets yourself</a>. Home training not only ensures that you spend quality time with your pet and that the results are working, but you'll save tons of money.</p> <h2>Too Many Toys</h2> <p>Toys are such an easy way to entertain (or appease) our animal friends. Pet stores will successfully sell us on wacky and cute toys for almost every kind of pet &mdash; because who doesn't want to see their pet play and have fun?</p> <p>Pet toys are pricey, though. They also have high turnover. A toy lasts for a few months until it's completely torn apart, and then you need to replace it. Try saving money by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">making your own toys</a> or recycling toys. If you have a cat? A coat hanger with a string on it, or a little piece of trash on the floor will always suffice.</p> <h2>Fresh Prepared Pet Food</h2> <p>Dog and cat bakeries, artisanal fresh foods delivered to you, farmer's market carts just for pets, there are so many ways to waste money on your pet with indulgent treats. A lot of these food options are positioned as the only &quot;healthy&quot; choice for your pet's health.</p> <p>How many times have we gone to Whole Foods for kale, but left with salted caramel ice cream? It's the same with these specialty dog food brands. Dogs do not need popsicles, nor we should never entertain the idea. The 10 bucks here, 20 bucks there add up to an insane meals and entertainment budget for your pet. Want to try fresh, raw pet food? <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-dog-food-recipe-and-cost">Try making it yourself</a> without the markup.</p> <p><em>What pet expenses do you consider a waste? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers">7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cats dogs pet care pets Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:00:13 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1270233 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-couple-dogs-Dollarphotoclub_74155837.jpg" alt="young couple pets" title="young couple pets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The pet industry is big business &mdash; <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americans-spent-a-record-56-billion-on-pets-last-year/">$56 billion</a> in 2013 to be exact. And while you want your pet to be happy and healthy, you don't need to contribute any more to that $56 billion than is necessary. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies?ref=seealso">10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies</a>)</p> <p>So check out this set of personal finance tips that will help you care for your furry best friends without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>1. Perfect Your Grooming Skills</h2> <p>I've never taken any of my pets to a professional groomer for their coats. You can easily buy salon-quality products and gadgets that make taking care of your pet's fur an inexpensive and even fun task. I make sure my pup gets a bath every week (with conditioner) and a brushing every day to keep his coat and skin healthy. Once a month I have his nails clipped and every six months I have his teeth cleaned by professionals. This regular maintenance and preventative care, the majority of which I do at home in my bathtub, keeps him looking and feeling his best.</p> <h2>2. Maintain Proper Diet and Exercise</h2> <p>Being overweight is one of the main causes of premature death and illness among pets. To keep your pet healthy and to keep your vet bills low, make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise and eats just the right amount of food. Also, avoid table scraps. While your pet may love them, their systems are not attuned to the human diet and can cause severe digestive issues.</p> <h2>3. Get Training</h2> <p>Training will save you from the expense of having your house and/or yard torn apart, and it will keep your pet safe from harm as well. There are a variety of options when it comes to training. When I first adopted my dog, I read every Cesar Millan book and followed his advice to the letter. Because my pup had terrible separation anxiety, I found tremendous value in Nicole Wilde's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0981722733/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0981722733&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GVRPI2RWW7NEE6AX">Don't Leave Me!</a> You can also enroll your pet in group classes or get private sessions with a trainer.</p> <h2>4. Get Pet Insurance</h2> <p>When I adopted my dog, I immediately got pet insurance. Though he's only five, that insurance has more than paid for itself and given me tremendous peace of mind. Veterinary care is expensive. It will undoubtedly get more expensive as my little guy gets older because he will develop health issues through the natural process of aging.</p> <p>I have an excellent plan through <a href="http://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/">Healthy Paws</a>. I pay a low monthly fee, a $50 annual deductible, and then they pick up 90% of the tab beyond the basic doctor visit cost. It's important to note that you must get insurance while your pet is still young because pre-existing conditions are often not covered and most plans won't start coverage if your pet is beyond a certain age.</p> <h2>5. Shop Around for Care</h2> <p>Speaking of veterinary care, make sure to shop around to get a feel for average pricing. When I first adopted my dog, I just went to the closest vet because I assumed they were all pretty much the same. Not so. There are huge variations in the level of care as well as the cost. There is also a wide spread on quality and cost of care when it comes to dog grooming, walking, daycare, and boarding. Do your homework online and in-person to get the best value and quality for your dollar.</p> <h2>6. Visit Clinics for Simple Stuff</h2> <p>Even once you find a high-quality, good value vet, there are other options for certain types of pet care. I used to happily take my dog to my vet for his vaccines. Then I discovered <a href="http://www.luvmypet.com/">LuvMyPet</a>, a mobile unit that makes stops at my local Petco every weekend. LuvMyPet's vaccines are exactly the same as the ones from my vet, but they're literally half the price.</p> <h2>7. Shop Around Online for Supplies</h2> <p>Do not buy medicine, food, or supplies from your vet or a brick-and-mortar retailer unless it's an emergency. These establishments generally have a huge markup. You can get a much better deal online from <a href="http://amazon.com">Amazon</a>, <a href="http://www.1800petmeds.com/">1800PetMeds</a>, and <a href="http://wag.com">Wag.com</a>.</p> <p><em>What cost-effective ways have you found to take care of your pets?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-personal-finance-tips-for-animal-lovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance cats dogs pet care pet insurance pets veterinarian Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Christa Avampato 1268205 at http://www.wisebread.com Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/puppy-kitten-478872471-small.jpg" alt="puppy kitten" title="puppy kitten" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you seen this already? The video of the dachshund pups frollicking? It's short and so cute you'll scream. Go ahead and watch. We'll wait.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qj3OiNdTUm4" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Puppies (and kittens!) <em>are</em> cute and adorable, but they also need proper care. It's a big responsibility &mdash; one that can get expensive if you aren't careful.</p> <p>Over the years Wise Bread's writers have come up with lots of clever ways to cut down the cost of living with a pet, while also increasing the satisfaction and enjoyment for pets and people alike. Here's a sampling.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies?ref=classicwb">10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies</a> &mdash; Paul Michael points you toward an assortment of fun and frugal dog toys, everything from the classic Sock and Ball to the always engaging Cardboard Tubular.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-iphone-apps-your-dog-wants-you-to-download?ref=classicwb">5 iPhone Apps Your Dog Wants You to Download</a> &mdash; Our smartphones have infiltrated every aspect of our lives &mdash; even pet care. Mikey Rox uncovers five apps your dog agrees are all awesome.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-dog-food-recipe-and-cost?ref=classicwb">Homemade Dog Food &mdash; Recipe and Cost</a> &mdash; Elizabeth Lang Walks you through going DIY with your dog chow with an easy, healthful recipe that saves her family about $30 a month on dog food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-pulling-dogs-walk-easy-with-the-easy-walk-harness?ref=classicwb">No Pulling! Dogs Walk Easy With the Easy Walk Harness</a> &mdash; I'm including this one because I'm shameless &mdash; the featured photo is of my dog Doughty, and I think you'll agree, she's the cutest of all the dogs. (I'm also a big believer in the effectiveness of the harness I review.)</p> <h2>Cats Are Cute and Need Quality Care, Too!</h2> <p>Just so you don't think Wise Bread is not fair and balanced, our writers have also covered cat care, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-a-cat?classicwb">How Much Does It Cost to Keep a Cat?</a> &mdash; Carrie Kirby breaks out the calculator and the spreadsheet and tallies it all up. Fortunately, there's no accounting for attitude &mdash; you get that free.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/really-great-uses-for-kitty-litter?ref=classicwb">Really Great Uses for Kitty Litter</a> &mdash; After the obvious, there's a lot you can do with that sack of super absorbent sand. Linsey Knerl shows you what and how.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/another-36-uses-for-tin-foil?classicwb">Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil</a> &mdash; Number 33 is the relevant one writer Nora Dunn suggests &mdash; cat play toy. Unnumbered is the featured photo.</p> <p>Finally, since we opened with puppies playing, let's close with kittens cavorting.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="605" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-ydZPFLcHGA" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-dogs-facelift">My dog&#039;s facelift</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle animal care cat dog pet care pets Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Lars Peterson 1216974 at http://www.wisebread.com How Much Does It Cost to Keep a Cat? http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-a-cat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-a-cat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wisebread.jpg" alt="cat" title="The expense of cat care can range widely." class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When my family acquired a pair of kittens from a local shelter, it felt like a frugal move. We had been unsuccessful in ridding our old house of mice using traps, and we weren't willing to use poison or pay for a monthly pest control service or other expensive measures. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-yank-the-leash-on-pet-expenses">5 Ways to Yank the Leash on&nbsp;Pet Expenses</a>)</p> <p>And for the first few months, it worked out that way. Sure, we had to pay an adoption fee that covered spaying and their first round of shots, and the first vet appointment was pricey, but after that, feeding them cost under $1 a day, even when we bought the good cat food. The mice in our house didn't turn out to be free cat food, but they did provide our new pets with hours of entertainment until they wisely decided to vacate the premises.</p> <p>Then Acorn Ranger happened.</p> <p>I was asleep at my parents' Wisconsin cabin one morning when my niece shoved something scrawny and matted in my face. &quot;Look what we found!&quot; she said.</p> <p>What they found was the tiniest little stray kitten, with adorably huge, hairy ears, prominent ribs and runny eyes. We named him Acorn Ranger, and when it was time to drive home, we brought the kitten along. We already had a couple of cats, what difference could one more make?</p> <p>A couple thousand dollars worth of difference, it turned out.</p> <p>First of all, when we brought Acorn Ranger into our house, even though we sequestered him to a bathroom pending a medical checkup, our other cats (now about a year old) freaked out. One of them started peeing on the carpet. Every day.</p> <p>Then we brought Acorn Ranger to the vet, thinking we'd pay for shots and neutering, and get what appeared to be an eye infection cleared up. Instead, we learned that the vet needed to test him for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and feline leukemia. She also prescribed an antibiotic eye drop, an oral antibiotic for a cough we hadn't noticed, and treated him for a wound on his stomach that we hadn't even seen under his matted fur. The initial bill was about $400 &mdash; and he hadn't even gotten his vaccinations yet.</p> <p>Meanwhile, one of our other cats ended up at the vet with a bladder infection. The vet explained that some cats are prone to these infections when they feel stressed &mdash; like when a strange new cat comes to live in their house. The bill was mounting.</p> <p>Acorn Ranger's blood test came back positive for FIV. This meant that he might have the communicable disease, so he couldn't live with our cats. Luckily, we were able to find him a new home where no other cats lived. But even after Acorn Ranger departed, our expenses were not over. One of our original cats continued peeing on the carpet. Eventually we pulled out the carpet and hired a handyman to remove the remaining staples. She started peeing on the bare floor in the same old spot. We had to have the wood floor refinished at the cost of over $1,000. (The wood under the carpet was ugly and would have needed refinishing eventually anyway, but if it hadn't been for the darn cat we never would have found that out because it would have remained hidden under carpeting.)</p> <p>All these events serve to illustrate how unpredictable pet expenses can be. We had hoped our cats would only cost us a few hundred dollars per year, but instead the cost of one year topped $2,000. The next year went much more smoothly &mdash; but you never know what may happen next.</p> <p>So how much can you expect to spend keeping a cat? <a href="http://www.petside.com/article/real-cost-owning-cat">Petside.com estimates</a> that you will spend $900-$1,500 in the first year, including an adoption fee, spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, and supplies. Subsequent years, the site predicts, will cost $600-$900.</p> <p>Here are the typical things you spend money on with cats.</p> <h2>Food</h2> <p><a href="http://catcentric.org/nutrition-and-food/raw-feeding/how-much-does-it-cost-to-feed-my-cat-or-i-can-afford-to-feed-commercial-raw/">CatCentric</a> estimates that you can spend anything from 22 cents a day (Cat Chow kibble) to $5.48 a day (Royal Canin Instinctive canned) to feed a 10-pound kitty. Interestingly, commercially available raw foods &mdash; usually more richer in nutrients than canned or dry &mdash; fall in between kibble and canned food cost-wise, at about $1 per day, according to an analysis by <a href="http://catcentric.org/nutrition-and-food/raw-feeding/how-much-does-it-cost-to-feed-my-cat-or-i-can-afford-to-feed-commercial-raw/">CFA and cat-rescuer Laurie D. Goldstein</a>. Making homemade cat food can cost even less and be healthier than what you buy in the store &mdash; according to <a href="http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood#Cost">CatInfo.org by veterinarian Lisa A. Pierson</a>, nutritionally balanced cat food can be made at home for 87 cents per day, per cat.</p> <h2>Litter</h2> <p>I usually pay 30-50 cents a pound for litter, and a quick check of <a href="http://www.petco.com/shop/searchresults.aspx?Ntt=litter&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">Petco.com</a> shows several varieties available for that price. How long it lasts depends on how finicky you and your cats are. I probably use about five pounds of litter a week, at a cost of about $1.50. If you use a litter box liner, this adds about 50 cents a week.</p> <h2>Maintenance Vet Care</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/cat-care-aging.aspx">ASPCA advises</a> you get your cat an annual checkup &mdash; my most recent vet recommended twice a year. The cost of this routine visit will vary by geography and fanciness of waiting room;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aikenanimalhospital.com/index-6.html">Aiken Animal Hospital</a> in South Carolina lists a cost of $93 for an annual checkup. Vaccination costs can vary widely too, since not all vets recommend you get the full complement of shots every year. Pierson, of CatInfo.org,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">does not recommend annual vaccines other than for rabies as required by local laws.</span></p> <h2>Vet Treatment</h2> <p>If something goes wrong, the cost of treatment comes down to how much you are willing or able to pay before considering euthanization or just living with the problem. The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/us/new-treatments-to-save-a-pet-but-questions-about-the-costs.html?pagewanted=all">New York Times recently reported on pet owners</a> &mdash; mostly those with dogs &mdash; spending as much as $10,000 on advanced medical treatments. A full course of radiation treatment for cancer can cost $6,000. This <a href="http://money.msn.com/insurance/should-you-buy-pet-insurance-weston.aspx">MSN article lists the most expensive common cat ailments</a> as foreign body ingestions ($1,629) and urinary tract reconstruction ($1,399).</p> <h2>Insurance</h2> <p>I don't have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">health insurance for our cats</a> because my husband and I have agreed that we will not provide extraordinary treatments for them. But if you are more attached to your cat than I am and feel you must provide any treatment needed, despite the cost, insurance may be worth looking into. Premium costs vary, but this <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/12/29/pet-insurance-is-it-worth-the-cost/">Get Rich Slowly post pegs the cost at about $1 a day</a>. Sierra Black, author of that post, determined that for her, the right answer was to set aside money for cat care instead of buying insurance.</p> <h2>Frills</h2> <p>To me, commercially produced cat toys, grooming, and Halloween costumes are all frills. We have occasionally spent $3 on a laser pointer or a cat dancer, but my kids have also fabricated teasers that entertain the cats almost as well. Our cats' grooming is limited to my daughters' attempts to bathe them, the occasional brushing (also by the kids), and the work of their own tongues.</p> <p>In a year without a medical disaster or feline damage to my home, I spend approximately $450 on each of my cats per year, for food, litter and medical check-ups/shots &mdash; plus random extras like the carriers we had to buy to move our cats across the country. But just one health problem or fit of property destruction can turn an average year into an expensive year.</p> <p>Here are some of the tricks I use to keep costs down:</p> <ul> <li>Measure cats' food and don't overfeed. This not only saves on food purchase, but it also saves on medical costs by preventing obesity.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Supplement commercial food with meat. I don't formulate my own pet food, but after getting the go-ahead from my vet, I occasionally supplement my cats' commercial food with meat left over from human meals or on-sale canned tuna packed in water. Sometimes regular meat costs less than a can of cat food &mdash; and the cats usually love it. A caveat &mdash; because commercial foods are formulated to meet a cat's full nutritional needs for the day, vets warn that you shouldn't add more than 10-15% plain meat, or you risk unbalancing the diet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>When needed, get a prescription from the vet and fill it elsewhere, such as <a href="http://www.discountpetmedicines.com/">DiscountPetMedicines</a>. In my experience, vets fill prescriptions in the office without consulting me &mdash; if you plan to shop around, you'll need to let the vet know upfront.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>On a similar note, don't be shy about telling the vet what you can afford. <a href="http://sensetosave.com/2008/03/15/how-to-reduce-the-costs-of-pet-ownership/">Sense to Save</a> posted about this issue, advising, &quot;When your vet enters the exam room, say, 'Before you do something, please tell me how much it will cost.'&quot;</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-a-cat">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Lifestyle cats cheap pets pet care Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:48:39 +0000 Carrie Kirby 944071 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Frugal Pet Care http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-pet-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-frugal-pet-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/23798083_8578bdd427_z-1.jpg" alt="Frugal Pet Care" title="Frugal Pet Care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal pet care, tips for investing in penny stocks, and giant money wasters.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.theamateurfinancier.com/blog/frugal-friday-pet-care/">Frugal Friday - Pet Care</a> &mdash; Save money on pet care by buying pet food in bulk. [Amateur Financier]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/tips-for-investing-penny-stocks/#more-51365">Tips For Investing In Penny Stocks: Elephants Don't Gallop</a> &mdash; If you want to invest in penny stocks, remember that timing is everything. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2011/05/24/ten-more-giant-money-wasters/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">10 More Giant Money Wasters</a> &mdash; Don't waste money on new name brand clothing. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/5-simple-ways-to-save-for-vacation/">5 Simple Ways to Save for Vacation</a> &mdash; Save for your next vacation by planning your vacation during the off-season. [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.mogomoney.com/summer-wedding-savings-tips-&ndash;-how-to-be-a-smart-spending-guest/">Summer Wedding Savings Tips - How To Be A Smart Spending Guest</a> &mdash; Be a financially smart wedding guest by carpooling to weddings that are out of town. [Mogo Savings Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-do-a-girls-night-out-as-a-mom">How To Do A Girls' Night Out As A Mom</a> &mdash; Do a girl's night out as a mom by organizing a date. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2011/05/23/five-career-moves-with-exponential-returns/">Five Career Moves with Exponential Returns</a> &mdash; Make a career move that will pay off by reading an industry-related book. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://personaldividends.com/lifestyle/miranda/7-meditation-tips-to-help-refresh-and-relax-you">7 Meditation Tips to Help Refresh and Relax You</a> &mdash; Refresh and relax yourself by not concentrating on keeping thoughts out of your mind. [Personal Dividends]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/technology-toys/how-to-prep-your-car-for-a-trade-in">How to Prep Your Car for a Trade In</a> &mdash; Prepare your car for a trade in by giving it a good waxing. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/memorial-day-freebies-events-and-sweepstakes/">Memorial Day Freebies, Events, and Sweepstakes</a> &mdash; Don't miss out on the &quot;Remember Our Heroes&quot; Sweepstakes this Memorial Day. [Coupon Sherpa]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-pet-care">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ridiculously-overpriced-pet-products">10 Ridiculously Overpriced Pet Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-lower-your-vet-bills">8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-stain-removers">The 5 Best Pet Stain Removers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips frugal pet care pets Wed, 25 May 2011 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 550553 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Day of Doggie Camp http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp <p><img width="209" height="267" alt=" " src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/questions.jpg" /></p> <p>My friends at <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/read/a-free-day-of-doggie-day-camp_20070319">Itchmo</a>, Ben and Emily Huh, recently reminded me that Petsmart offers a complimentary day of doggie day camp at <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/doggiedaycamp/locations.shtml">participating locations</a>.</p> <p>Need a day off from your fun-loving dogs? Ship them off to daycare and spend the day doing what you want, free of guilt.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/entertainment_book/ddc/">Petsmart.com</a>:</p> <p class="blockquote"><strong>What are the benefits of doggie day camp? </strong>Doggie day camp provides play, exercise and socialization with fully supervised, personalized attention. Dogs of all ages will enjoy making new friends, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that our safety standards are unparalleled. Plus, participating in doggie day camp is a good way to help reduce boredom for your pet.</p> <p>There are restrictions - male dogs have to be neutered and can't be a &quot;bully breed&quot;. No wolves or hybrids. Five month age minimum. All the required vaccines, etc. You can read more about it on the Petsmart web site.</p> <p>Photo by <a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=pdell&amp;MORGUEFILE=u9tnrnapko9r4s1a85tck8dc55">pdell</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-day-of-doggie-camp">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-need-to-include-pets-in-your-will">6 Reasons You Need to Include Pets in Your Will</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bogo-on-the-dark-knight-or-any-other-film-youd-prefer-to-seeif-there-is-one">BOGO on The Dark Knight (or any other film you&#039;d prefer to see...if there is one)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-a-dog-six-bones-free">Give a dog SIX bones...FREE!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies canine care daycare dog free pet care Petsmart puppy walking feeding Tue, 03 Apr 2007 22:23:10 +0000 Andrea Karim 448 at http://www.wisebread.com