The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 22, 2013

Learn to save on pet products, supplies

Families come in all shapes and sizes. But one thing that many families have in common is pets. Did you know that about 62 percent of all households in the United States have a pet? That percentage is made up of about 78.2 million dog owners and about 86.4 million cat owners. In our household we have two dogs, one cat, and a goldfish (uniquely named Dorothy by our kids). With the average cost of owning a pet being $600 to $900 annually, I'm happy to say there are quite a few ways to save on those furry friends of ours.

While it is important to get your pets to the vet for regular checkups and vaccinations, sometimes financially that's just not possible. is the nation's largest provider of affordable pet vaccination clinics in local pet stores. Specializing in dog and cat vaccines, their state-licensed veterinarians serviced 420,000 pets and administered 880,000 vaccinations last year, in accordance with all state and local regulations. The clinics are conveniently held on weekends in 20 states across the country. There are many services available and even quite a few discounted packages.

In addition to clinics, also be on the lookout for local cat and dog vaccine clinics in our area sponsored by local veterinarians.

To save on food and pet supplies be sure to sign up for your pet stores' email newsletters or rewards programs. Local pet stores often send out emails with exclusive coupons and promotions. Larger retailers like PetSmart and Petco have reward programs that offer great discounts on the products you need. Becoming a PetSmart PetPerk member you'll get exclusive offers and coupons and even customize your membership to receive deal alerts on your pet's favorite products. The Petco Pals Rewards program gives you a $5 rewards certificate for every $100 spent. In addition, you'll get exclusive Pals Rewards preferred pricing and exclusive coupons and discounts. Membership to both rewards programs is free. And don't forget to watch for manufacturer coupons of course. Many brands offer manufacturer coupons that can be combined with the rewards or coupons offered by stores. You may also want to check out DoggyLoot, a site offering daily deals for dogs and their owners with products up to 75 percent off! You can find out more about DoggyLoot at

With the warm weather arriving soon, we can be sure that the fleas and ticks will not be far behind. Some topical flea medications can cost a pretty penny, especially when you have to treat multiple pets. Last year, I saw a commercial for PetArmor so I gave it a try. It's a generic brand of Frontline, using the same active ingredients and costing a lot less. It worked great and I got two 3-month supplies of PetArmor for only $49.98 shipped. I would have paid $74.98 for Frontline. It's also sold in Target where you might even be able to combine a Target store coupon with a manufacturer coupon which was a deal that was available last year.

If you are not yet a pet owner but have been thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, don't forget to stop by your local SPCA to see all the adorable animals looking for a home. You'll pay way less than you would at a pet store or breeder and you'll also be saving a life.

Happy saving!


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