The costs of everyday living are increasing and, understandably, more people are worried about how they're going to be able to afford to cover their expenses, including their pets.


The report, based on a YouGov survey of more than 4,000 UK adults, revealed that the rising cost of living is a big concern to pet owners.


The study found that 78% of pet owners think the cost of living will impact their animals, 68% expressed concern that the cost of care was increasing, and 19% said they were worried about how they'll afford to feed their pets.


Here are some top tips for saving money while still caring for your pets.



Pet food can be expensive so why not explore whether there is cheaper food that is still high welfare and meets your pets' needs? You could mix your regular food with a more affordable brand to make it stretch further. Dry food goes much further than wet food, even though the upfront cost can be higher. Ensure your pet is eating a well-balanced diet that is specific for their species and suitable for their age, lifestyle and health.

Remember: make any changes gradually by introducing new foods over a period of time by mixing with current food. If you have any concerns check with your vet first before introducing changes.


Online Prescriptions

Did you know it can be cheaper to buy medication online? Your vet can write you a prescription for a small fee and you can order medication online which is usually much cheaper than buying directly from the vet.


Day Care

We all know not to leave our pets at home all day on their own; professional pet sitters and dog walkers are often a lifeline but they can be pricey. If you are looking to cut back costs, it may be an idea to split time with a pet sitter/ dog walker and time with a trusted family member or friend. For example, 3 days using the services of a dog walker and 2 days leaving your dog with a trusted friend and possibly their pet. Another option could be working from home if you are able to do this 1-2 times a week to ensure your pet isn’t left alone and that you aren’t paying for a dog sitter 5 days a week.



Pet insurance premiums can go up and up. Hence, it's always worth shopping around to see if you can get a suitable level of coverage with another provider - but beware of policies with lots of limitations and remember pre-existing conditions won't be covered. Insurance will also give you peace of mind that any surprise vet bills will be covered.


Get crafty

Pet treats and new toys can soon add up so why not get crafty and have a go at making your own at home?

Enrichment is so important for every animal's well-being. From rabbits and hamsters to chickens and horses – check the links for some ideas.


DIY dog tuggy toy

Puzzle feeder for cats

Hamster hay tube

Chicken vegetable garland

Guinea pig sushi

Rabbit hay ring

Horse cookies


Preventing problems is cheaper and easier than treating them once they arrive. Behavioural problems in pets can be really tricky to get on top of so it's really important to ensure our pets get good early life experiences and are well-trained and socialised. Address any behaviour problems early - there are free resources online to help. And keep on top of preventative care like worming and flea treatments which can become costly problems if not addressed. Some vets offer a paid monthly service for wormer, tick and flea treatment which helps to spread the cost.


Expensive exotics

If you're struggling with the costs of heating and lighting, move multiple animals into the same room, if safe to do so, so heat sources don't have to work as hard, whilst taking care that they are not overheating. Don't be tempted to turn down temperatures or light sources as this can lead to debilitating conditions for exotic animals - and potentially high vet bills in the future. Speak to your energy supplier if you're struggling, they may be able to offer a cheaper tariff or payment plan.