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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish Decisions You Have to Avoid with Your ESA

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Such mistakes which we make saving a penny can cost us a fortune, because life and health of your animal is priceless, and the wellbeing of our pets is what we want to achieve. Let's see what mistakes you can avoid with ESA while maintaining your budget in the long run. 

1. Scheduled operations: avoiding sterilization

A cat is on the vet's table.
Sterilization can have a very positive effect on the health of your pet.

Many pet owners still believe that sterilization is a mockery of the animal and that they don't need it. Some owners do not sterilize animals because they spare money on it, seeing in the operation only a waste of money, but not an investment in animal health. In most cases, castration or removal of the ovaries is only beneficial for the pet. Sterilization prolongs the animal's life and has a positive effect on health.

By sterilizing your pet, you can avoid:

  • Many chronic diseases of organs, the treatment of which is difficult and expensive (renal failure, chronic hepatic pathology, intoxication with endometritis, perineal hernia for male dogs, etc.);
  • The likelihood of tumors of the uterus and ovaries, breast cancer, especially if the animal is sterilized before puberty;
  • prostate cancer and prostate diseases.

Your ESA pet won't mourn losing their ability to have sex. As their owner, you need to understand that trying to save money on this needed operation will lead to their shorter life expectancy and other unfavorable consequences for your pet friend.

2. Saving on food

Bowls with food for pets.
You can cook tasty meals yourself or buy high-quality feeds.

In modern society, we understand the importance of quality food to maintain and improve our health. We know that we must eat well and take reasonable amounts of food to maintain balance and optimal health. Today, this rule applies to pets as well.

What you need to do is to recognize and accept the real needs of the animals. Feeding with cheap, poor-quality feed leads to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and liver. If you, as their owner, could indulge a cheat meal from time to time, it doesn't mean that your pet's stomach would bear the everyday pressure of low-quality feeds, which you bought out of a wish to save money. Teenage dreams of eating Cheetos, sugary cereal, and instant noodles would break as soon as the first gastroenterological problems arise. 

Your pet's stomach definitely won't thank you for the cheap feeds produced from low-quality materials, full of GMO, preservatives, and addictive flavorings. It would be best if you invest in a feed, which is tested and contains all the needed nutrients, and win in the long run.

What about high-quality feeds?

Probably every housewife dreamt of the "universal feed" which contains all the needed amount of micro and macronutrients, so she doesn't have to bother about the food ingredients for the ideal diet. Animals are luckier this way, as such a solution already exists for their ration. That's alright for them, as they don't bother about the excellent taste and Instagram-look of their meals. 

The ready-made dry and wet animal feed contains all the set of vitamins and minerals necessary for the animal's body. Excellent and established brands, primarily premium feeds, do provide the pet with appropriate and adequate nutrition. In tests of these foods, large groups of animals, fed on certain products of the brand, remained healthy at different stages of their life. Your pet, fed with premium-quality feeds, will be healthy if you won't get in a marketing trap of a 4+1 cheap feeds of unknown quality supermarket's discount.

3. Visiting a veterinarian only when the animal is sick (prevention is always cheaper than treatment)

A vet is examining the dog.
Vaccination and regular visits to the vet clinics will make your pet stay healthy.

Many pet owners visit veterinary clinics only when their pet becomes ill (and, to be honest, so do the most of people, only going to the doctor when they already have a chronic disease).

And this is another common mistake. Do not save on scheduled examinations at the veterinarian, because this will help to prevent the onset or exacerbation of diseases and allow you to detect and cure them in time.

Do not neglect vaccinations from the most common diseases – this way, you will protect your pet and yourself. Even healthy-looking animals need an annual veterinarian checkup. You may overlook the symptoms of many diseases that are not clinically apparent in any way until the problem becomes severe. The doctor's task is to catch the disease early and stop it as soon as possible, especially when it comes to issues with the kidneys and thyroid gland, diabetes, and inflammation of the intestines.

Many owners believe that if their ESA does not go out, they do not need to be vaccinated. But this is a fallacy. Even pets that are kept at home can get rabies or leukemia. Some pets strive to run out of the apartment, and if they meet a street animal face to face, there is the likelihood that they will become infected with something. Besides, the vaccine is given once a year, which is not so costly in terms of money and your time. It is also necessary to remember that pets are subject to infection by fleas, worms, and ticks no less than street ones. So, veterinarians recommend periodic preventive measures. Annually paying a veterinary is cheaper than having to cure your pet's illness, the sight of which you lost due to saving money on veterinarians.

4. Ignoring cosmetic products for pets

Hands are bathing a dog.
Your pet's skin needs care with the help of high-quality products.

Washing animals with low-quality or very aggressive detergents, which you bought to save some money, cause dryness and peeling of the skin, fur loss, and breaking. But now, when the industry produces a massive amount of hair care products, including shampoos designed for any type of pet's hair, washing your pet with human soap or shampoo is just a glaring ignorance. Even if human shampoo promises a hair as glorious as the hair of the models from ads, it doesn't mean that it will be the same for your animal, as the PH of your skin and skin of your pet differ. 

Bathing your ESA is a procedure used for cleansing the severe dirtiness, which the pet cannot get rid of on their own. Gasoline or industrial oil, licked from the fur, will lead to poisoning and require pricey long-term treatment. In this case, the animal must be thoroughly washed, using specialized, plant-based products. Bathing is one of the essential steps in caring for an animal. However, if your pet's health is dear to you, you should not save on pet's hygiene products.

5. Neglecting oral hygiene

Two hands are brushing the dog's teeth.
You should regularly brush your pet's teeth to keep the oral cavity healthy.

Veterinarians advise a monthly examination of the oral cavity for pets. Plaque can lead to decay and tooth loss, and an unpleasant odor warns of inflammatory processes that occur in the mucous membranes. So, if your ESA's bad breath makes you hold your breath when they yawn, it is a clear sign that the time to take care of their dental health has come.

To avoid diseases of the oral cavity, cats and dogs need to brush their teeth. Pet shops help you choose special brushes and pastes. For proper use, you must first consult a veterinarian. Pet dentistry is equally expensive as getting a set of Hollywood veneers, so don't save on it in the hope that the hygiene of your pet's teeth will be maintained by itself.


Of course, if you feed your ESA with leftovers from your table and don't particularly care about their health, spending cost can be minimized. But these are hardly the solutions for the responsible owners of the emotional support animals.

When you get a pet, you must understand that you are taking a living creature into the house, but not a toy that can be thrown away if you find it expensive to take care of your ESA. Therefore, be prepared for spending money on your four-pawed family member, not saving a penny on the basic needs of your pet. Your ESA will repay you fully – with love and devotion.

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