How to Save Money While You Care for Your Pet

What's Hot

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

How a Mexican Tariff Will Boost the Cost of 6 Common PurchasesFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

How to Protect Yourself From the ‘Can You Hear Me?’ Phone ScamFamily

Report: Walmart to Begin Selling CarsCars

Is Your TV Tracking You? Here’s How to Tell — and Prevent ItAround The House

Trump Scraps FHA Rate Cut — What Does It Mean for You?Borrow

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

11 Staging Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar When Selling Your HomeAround The House

8 Tuition-Free U.S. CollegesCollege

10 Overlooked Expenses That Ruin Your BudgetFamily

4 Car Insurers That Might Raise Rates Even When the Accident Wasn’t Your FaultCars

How to Invest If Trump Kills the ‘Fiduciary Rule’Grow

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last LongerAround The House

12 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit ScoreBorrow

Would you give up a long-planned vacation so your pet could have surgery? Nine out 10 pet-owners say yes. But sometimes, we're not fiscally smart about how we care for the animals we love.

I love my dog Lola. But I was torn when I read a new survey that shows more than half of American pet owners would, if push came to shove, spend money on their animals’ health before their own.

The survey by the Grey Healthcare Group asked pet owners in America and Europe some interesting questions, and I found myself agreeing with some (I think of Lola as my child, jut like 30 percent of other pet owners) and disagreeing with others (unlike 54 percent, I think I’d take care of my own health before Lola’s – if for no other reason than if I’m not healthy, I won’t be able to take care of her).

And would I “give up my vacation for my pet’s surgery, if it meant helping my pet”? Of course. Me and 89 percent of the pet owners surveyed would do that.

But I thought the most important findings had to do with finances. Pet owners in the United States spend $864 a year on their animals, which is higher than those in France ($799) but much lower than those in England ($1,200).

I was also encouraged that 59 percent of pet owners now use websites for information about pet care – second only to their veterinarians.

As with any survey, however, before you swallow the results, see who’s feeding you the data. In this case, the survey was conducted for businesses that try to sell us pet-related products and services.

Grey Healthcare Group CEO Lynn O’Connor Vos declared…

“It is not surprising that the study results show pet owners turn to websites as the second-most popular source for information, but this represents a tremendous opportunity for pet care companies, along with the veterinary health care community, to help shape an expert-guided dialogue. Engaging owners online represents a significant opportunity to connect on their terms and become a more trusted source that understands their needs and wants.”

So you have to be careful when it comes to advice about your pets. I’ve written a lot about the best ways to be frugally in love with your pets, so I refer you to these videos I’ve produced over the years here at Money Talks News…

How to Sniff Out the Right Pet Sitter
Canine Cash: 5 Ways to Make Money With 4-Legged Friends
How to Find a Vet
Penny Pinching Your Pet Expenses
Insurance for Pets?

And because the holidays are fast approaching, it’s a good time to revisit this important topic: Three Reasons Pets Make Bad Gifts.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: 21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right Now

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,890 more deals!