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We will do anything and everything for our fur babies, but we all know that expenses as a dog owner can rack up. Luckily, there are pro-tips out there in the world that can help you save money as a dog owner. A number of them are so simplistic and yet we easily forget about them!

We’ve rounded up a batch of helpful ways you can do just that to make sure your dog is taken care of but with a little bit of ease on your wallet when it is necessary.


How to Save Money as a Dog Owner


Get Full, Complete Physicals at the Vet

Health issues usually come unexpectedly and there’s no 100% guaranteed way to dodge them, but the most effective way to potentially prevent these issues is to request a complete physical whenever you bring your dog to the vet. This also helps when it comes to your money spending because the expenses are more costly when you catch health issues in a later state of its progression.


Pro-tip: The same thing goes for vaccinations! Keep them up-to-date for preventative measures!


Make Toys at Home

Dog toys can get costly especially when your fur baby goes through new toys left and right as a shredder. You can DIY pet toys at home, avoiding any small parts that can act as choking hazards. Various pet toy DIYs can be found online with simple Google search!


Groom at Home

Next time you take your dog to the groomer, see if you can observe their grooming care process in the case that you need to skip a grooming session and groom your dog at home. There are various grooming products available online and you can start with dog nail trimmers and a good brush!


Make Your Own Treats

There are tons of homemade treat ideas circulating the internet. One of our favorites is one reported by Huffington Post: “Make your own jerky treats. Get cheap meat, slice thin, and put in oven at 145 degrees for six hours. You can also do the same with sweet potatoes. And probably lots of other things.”


Create A Budget & Put Away Savings

Come up with a complete pet budget so you don’t spend outside comfortable parameters, and with each paycheck you receive, put away a certain amount of money towards unexpected pet expenses that might come up like emergency vet visits, medications, food, pet care, etc. 


Shop Online

Pet stores often carry products that are steep in costs. Don’t be afraid to shop online with trusted stores. You might find products that are half the cost that will help you get by until you can hit up your favorite, local pet store again.



This is just a sampling of tips and informational posts we offer at Joyride Harness. You can find more content including tips and tricks and how-tos for caring for your dog on our blog at this section. Feel free to leave a comment with tips you’re looking for!

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