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Saving Money as a Dog Owner - 10 Top Tips!

Written by: Russell Goodman

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Time to read 5 min

Do you sometimes look at your bank balance and despair when you realise how much you have spent on your dog this month? Whilst we all love to treat our furry friends, there are ways to do this without breaking the bank.


Have a read of our top 10 tips on saving money as a dog owner for ideas on how to reduce your dog expenses and save some extra pounds!

1. Make your own dog treats

Don’t rule out human food when it comes to your dog. It’s easy to go to the pet shop and reach for the enticing, well-packaged treats that are hanging on the shelf, right? Well stop. The internet is full of homemade recipes that your dog will love from peanut butter and banana treats to sweet potato biscuits just waiting for you to try. 


Not only will you save money by making your own, you can also ensure that there are no nasties lurking in the ingredients such as hidden sugars. Making your own treats is also good if your dog suffers from allergies.

2. Make your own toys

How many toys have you got through over the last year? From the one-legged rubber pig to the decimated stuffed duck sat looking forlorn at the bottom of the toy basket, we’re sure your dog has got through their fair share of toys – especially in their pup years. If you stop and think, that’s quite a bit of money that’s been chewed up and destroyed! So, why not make your own toys instead? 


Get creative with household objects like cardboard boxes, socks and old t-shirts. You could plait old clothing into your own braided ropes for a game of tug-of-war or create an interactive tennis ball toy by cutting the ball open and filling it with treats. The list is endless… and much cheaper than a new toy every time!

3. Spend time, not money

This probably sounds quite simple but, how many of us spend time to really play and interact with our dogs every day? 


They don’t need fancy toys to lead a happy and healthy life and they will be quite satisfied (in fact, more than satisfied!) to spend some quality time with you running through the fields, getting lots of attention and snuggling up on your lap for a belly rub and a snooze in the evening.

4. Use preventative nutrition

Did you know that over 90% of dogs develop arthritis in their senior years? That means that it is highly likely that your dog will have joint issues at some point in their life. 


Why not seek alternative nutrients early to help reduce the risk – prevention is better than cure after all. A great option to help with your dog's joints is Salmon Oil; the Omega fatty acids help not only their joints but also their skin and brain function.

5. Use preventative care

Preventative treatments are a must for keeping your dog fit and healthy. From regular worming tablets to flea treatments and annual vaccinations, it’s important your dog receives these as part of their ongoing care. 


Whilst it might seem like quite a cost upfront, think of the long-term financial benefit (as well as the benefit to your dog’s health). A monthly flea treatment might cost you £10 whereas treating a flea infestation could leave you with a vet’s bill to make your eyes water!

6. Buy medication online

We’ve all gasped at the cost of a trip to the vets and of course, we would do anything to make sure our dogs are looked after however, have you considered shopping online for pet medication? 


If done correctly, buying online could be a great way to save money when it comes to much needed medications or even supplements. Do your research before you buy and look for sites that have a visible UK presence and contact details. If you are considering giving your pet something you have bought online, consult your vet first.

7. Teeth cleaning

Dental treatment can cost in the region of £300+ so taking care to your dog’s teeth is essential. Keep their teeth healthy with regular care. Toothpaste and a toothbrush will probably cost you less than £10 so there really is no excuse not to brush those gnashers.  


If your dog isn't so keen on having their teeth brushed then you could try our Clean Canines meal topper powder; all you need to do is sprinkle the powder over their food and from as little as £0.41 per day you could help your dog's teeth stay squeaky clean and their breath minty fresh. 


You could also give your dog chicken feet as a treat. Not only will your dog benefit from a natural teeth clean, they will also get some help with joint maintenance as chicken feet are a great source of glucosamine. 

8. Bedding

You could be paying anything up to a couple of hundred pounds for a dog bed which is crazy! Especially when they then refuse to sleep on it (but that is another story!). 


Make your own comfy snuggle spots using old duvets and cushions. If you do want to buy a bed, get one that is going to last with parts that can be washed and replaced as they wear. Rather than buying blankets from the pet store, why not hit your local homeware shop which will probably have cheaper alternatives that you can colour match to your décor! 

9. Grooming

So, home grooming might take a bit of practice, but it could easily save you £40+ every 6 weeks. A quick internet search will provide you with plenty of “how to” videos to try and minimise anything too disastrous. Invest in some clippers, scissors and a grooming table and give your dog a makeover! 

10. Pet insurance

Imagine your energetic bundle of fur jumping around and tearing a knee ligament… this could lead to a vet’s bill in excess of £1,200. Whilst we really hope this doesn’t happen, being a pet owner means you need to be prepared financially for the unexpected. If you are concerned about finding the money to pay for any potential vets bills that may arise in the future, we highly recommend you seek dog insurance.


Be smart with how you spend your money

There are many ways to save money whilst not skimping on their care but no matter what you are looking to buy for your dog, look out for the best bargain. Most companies will offer their products on subscription or even offer product bundles and you can make great savings by doing this. 


At Buddy & Lola our subscriptions are up to 30% cheaper than if you buy our products as a one off. Additionally, buying more means you save more so if your dog likes a product why not stock up? Buying one pouch of our Super Tummy Daily powder at a time will cost you £34.95 but if you buy two in one go you would pay £59.92; a saving of £9.98. Plus if you also buy on subscription you'll pay even less! 

Your dog doesn’t need to break the bank. Pick one or two of our money saving tips to start saving £££ today!