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5 Tips for Budgeting Your Pet Care Costs

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Do It Yourself

Grooming can cost major money -- unless, of course, you do it yourself.
Grooming can cost major money -- unless, of course, you do it yourself.
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Vets and groomers are expensive. Although you have to take your pet in for check-ups and procedures once in a while, you can learn how to handle some of the everyday care yourself. Here are some DIY tips:

  • Brush your dog or cat's fur. Daily brushing not only leaves your pet with a shiny, lustrous coat, but it also helps clear away dirt and matted fur.
  • Give your pet a bath. Dogs need washing about once every three months, because they can't do it themselves. Your cat has its own regular grooming routine, but you can help by using a pet wet-wipe to clean those areas its tongue can't reach.
  • Trim your pet's nails. Use a sharp nail clipper to cut off the tip of each nail, just above where it curves. Be careful to avoid the quick -- the pink area on your pet's nails that will bleed profusely if nicked.
  • Give your pet a thorough inspection. Look for any cuts, sores, tics, fleas or signs of illness. Pinpoint any potential issues before they become serious enough to require a costly medical procedure.

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