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Americans Are Spending More On Health Care For Their Pets

In 2016, U.S. pet owners are expected to spend $62.75 billion on their pets, which is an increase of 4 percent from 2015. This translates to an annual cost of over $1,600 to care for a dog and $1,100 to care for a cat. Food makes up the most expensive part of caring for a pet. Clearly, most pet owners view their pets as part of the family, and many spare no expense when it comes to their pet.

The Washington Post writes that there are striking similarities between the health care received by pets and people in the U.S. That animals are being treated more humanely is a positive trend but it is important that the cost of caring for a pet does not become so onerous that it becomes a barrier to adoption.

Fortunately, there are ways to cut back on pet care expenses. When caring for an animal, an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. By spending your pet care dollars wisely, you can actually save money. Preventive health care involves taking proactive steps to prevent the development of disease.

Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy will help keep her body healthy, as there’s an intricate link between oral health and overall health. A species appropriate diet is an effective way to improve your pet’s health. You can save money at the salon by trimming your dog’s nails or trimming your cat’s claws. Some dogs may benefit from wearing a sweater in cold weather but they do not require an extravagant wardrobe. Finally, high quality toys can save money in the long-run and lessen exposure to toxic materials.
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