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Dogs – Cats and Budgeting – Pet tip 242

Times are tough and many of us have less money coming in (income) but still have the same costs. This leaves most people with very little extra money to just ‘throw away’. This may cause some pet owners to become worried about how to provide for the health and well-being of their pets.

In this article we will try to help you structure your pet-related spending in a way that will keep both you and your pet in good shape. We will start by addressing the essential costs involved with keeping your pet healthy. Then we will mention some options that may help you afford these essential costs. Finally, we will look at what pet-related spending we can consider a luxury (non-essential).

The most important thing you can provide for your pet is health. Budgeting for an annual check-up and vaccinations is absolutely necessary.

Dianne MacFie
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
German Shepherd
Date of Birth:
October 20, 1990
Date of Death
March 11, 2003
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
black and tan
Eye Colour:
deep brown

My Baby Girl, Duchess, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on March 11th, 2003.  She was my faithful companion from the time she was five weeks old until her passing on March 11th, 2003 at the age of 12 and a half.  I work at home and she would lay by my side, nudge me when the phone rang, bark when the mail came through the slot, and stand by my side to protect me if someone happened to come to the door.  She had had severe joint degeneration since the age of four, but you would never know it, until the last year of her life, when she started having trouble getting up, laying down, and just walking.  But she never complained.  She still tried to follow me everywhere.  Her favourite game was "Red ball, green ball," where I would throw two balls, one red and one green, and tell her which one to bring back to me.  She got it right every time.  She wasn't able to play her favourite game the last few years of her life, so when she was leaving me I whispered in her ear, "Run and play, Baby Girl, run and play...Red ball, green ball," and then, in that moment, she crossed over Rainbow Bridge.  I will forever love you, Baby Girl, and we'll play together again some day.  Be a good girl.  Love and miss you...your Mom.

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