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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Economics of Owning a Dog

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

Owning a dog can be expensive but there are ways to give your pet a great but economical lifestyle!

MishkaPet insurance plans are a great idea. Research them first, however—there are big differences in benefits and price! Research veterinarian practices, too as some offer discounted services under special circumstances.

Shelters often offer vet services at greatly discounted costs and spaying and neutering is included in the adoption fee.

You don’t need to buy a pricey bed for Fido. He’ll be happy to sleep on some soft tee shirts, especially if they smell like you, his favorite person. Likewise, he’ll enjoy a rolled-up sock as much as he will a more expensive ball. Stuff an old sock with newspaper and tie it at the cuff and he’ll play with it for hours!

It’s cost effective to buy a well-fitted harness that can be adjusted as he grows and a leather, six-foot leash will last his lifetime.

Learn to bathe him and clip his nails at home and save those trips to the groomer for special occasions. Brush his teeth with a baby toothbrush using toothpaste specifically made for dogs and his teeth and breath will remain healthy for a long time. Clean his ears using a cotton swab. If he seems to have a large amount of ear wax place a drop of oil inside the ear canal, massage it in, then proceed gently with the cotton swab.

If fencing in your yard is not an option, some wooden stakes and chicken wire may do the trick if your dog is small to medium-sized and is not left unattended.

Raising a happy, healthy dog does not require a second mortgage! Love and attention are what he craves the most and a little ingenuity will take care of the rest.

If you have dog-related questions please email me at brotherofthewolf@live.com or call or text 856.981.8957. There is never a fee for phone or email consultation.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Pictured: Mishka, Brother of the Wolf's mascot

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