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Consumer Reports - Ways to Curb Pet Expenses


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According to a survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center, during the darkest days of the recession in 2009 and 2010, only 16 percent of Americans said they reduced the amount they spent

on their pets. I thought you and your readers would be interested in the money saving guide Consumer Reports compiled on the top ways for pet owners to curb expenses and still provide the best of care.

• Don't pay a premium for 'premium' pet food
• Consider new options for flea and tick protection
• Comparison shop for your pet's veterinary care
• Don't automatically get pet medicines from the vet
• Take simple steps now to prevent costly problems
• Save a pet and save money
• Pet insurance: Rarely worth the price, in our analysis
• Sniffing out the bargains

Here is an excerpt:
“It's still possible to save hundreds of dollars a year on pet care without shortchanging your furry, finned, or feathered friends. We went inside the pet industry to interview manufacturers, nutritionists, veterinarians, and even an urban flea expert. We also  went shopping for common pet goods to see where you'll get the best prices. Most of the advice that follows refers to dogs and cats, but
much of it also applies to other members of the animal kingdom.”


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