There are so many things that go into bringing home a new pet. And this is especially true if you’ve never owned a pet before.
And while we can think of basic and even fun things to make our home more comfortable for those new puppies, bringing home a new pet isn’t just about picking up dog toys, a new dog bed and dog food. (Of course, we’ll always be stocking up on these BARK dog toys to spoil any new pet we bring home!)
In a press email we received on behalf of Trupanion and State Farm, they highlighted several facts to consider when bringing home a new furry friend. And these facts remind us of what we should do when adopting a new pet.
Things to watch out for when bringing home a new pet
According to The Zebra,
Americans spend approximately $99 billion on their pets and products each year.
Only about 2% of pet owners in the United States invest in pet insurance, requiring them to pay out of pocket or in cash for veterinary expenses.
And these two facts alone are something we should consider when adopting a new pet. Why? Because it’s a reminder that parenting a pet can be expensive.
It costs money to adopt a pet and then take care of it. There are a number of expenses that come with parenting a dog or a cat. From medical bills to simply buying dog food, the cost of being a pet parent can be expensive.
One way to mitigate some of these costs is to be proactive with our costs. What I mean by that is paying for pet insurance. Pet insurance, like health insurance, can be useful in the event of the unexpected. It can also help defer the costs of standard vet trips.
In fact, the press email we received reminded us that,
According to State Farm and Trupanion, the most common pet insurance claims include vomiting, allergies and ear infections in dogs, while vomiting, urinary tract infections and hyperthyroidism are most common in dogs. the cats. Many of these conditions often result in hefty veterinary bills, making it important to be prepared for any scenario so you never have to choose between your pet’s health and your budget.
Beyond pet insurance, other things we consider when it comes to paying attention to pet costs are paying attention to rewards programs for where we buy our pets. of company. So if PetSmart, Chewy, and Petco have a rewards program, sign us up!
We want to make sure we’re smart with our money, while being prepared for anything our new pet might need.
But we want to know how you feel about being a new pet parent. What are you doing to limit costs? Do you have pet insurance? Are you a member of rewards programs to save money on your pet purchases? What else do you do to save some money?