How to tame your spending and still provide the best for your furry friend.
Shop around for meds.
Pet owners often buy medications from their vets, but the convenience can be costly, as many clinics charge a dispensing fee. If the drug is used by humans, too, you can fill the script at many drugstores. Or you can buy it online from a site accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, such as 1800PetMeds.com and PetCareRX.com.
Go to the vet in the a.m. If your pet needs a procedure, schedule it early. She can recover during the day, reducing the likelihood of a pricey overnight stay.
Groom midweek. Pet salons are busiest on weekends, which is why many charge up to 20 percent more then. Spot will leave the groomer just as spotless on a Wednesday.