By Melinda Dodd
Money-Saving Advice for Pet Owners
Look at that that face! The moment potential pet owners lay eyes on a sweet little puppy or kitten, they're goners. But in the rush of emotion that comes with pet adoption, few consider the long-term costs, which can be at least $400 or more annually, according to the ASPCA. The good news: It's surprisingly easy to save money on pet care. Just follow these insider tips.
When deciding on a pet, choose a mixed breed that has been reared by a friend, reliable breeder or trusted shelter. "Hybrid animals tend to be hardier than purebreds, who often have hereditary diseases, or those from pet stores, who may have acquired illnesses in animal mills," says Louise Murray, DVM, director of medicine for the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and author of Vet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health. Lower costs further by adopting pets over a year old; they'll likely have been spayed or neutered, and had shots and training.
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