5 Ways to Save Money On Your Pet Bills
There’s no doubt about it, having a pet is expensive. Whether you have 1 cat or 3 dogs running around the house, being a pet owner in The UAE means that every month a big amount of our hard-earned salary goes to our lovely fur children.
I’ve been using Treats Card now for almost a year and it saves me a lot of money every month on my pet bills. And hopefully, this blog will be able to give you more information on how you can save money too!
1) Pet Food.
I think the most money I spend on my pets is on food. I want my pets to get the best food available for their long-term health. My dog is on a raw diet and my cat eats one of the most expensive kibble brands on the market. Then on top of that, I also buy a significant amount of treats every month.
All in all, I think I spend around AED700 per month on food and treats. Now I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s a lot of money. Totally worth it, don’t get me wrong. But still, it’s quite a lot.
There are over 30 pet stores (both online and offline) that offer discounts with Treats Card, for example:
petpro.ae, where you can save 15% online with convenient delivery to your front door
Paws & Claws, where you can save 20% in-store, or 15% online
Petbery, where you can also save 15% online with convenient delivery to your front door
But there are also many more options available to you with the Treats Card membership!
Click here to view the full list.
I’m lucky to have a cat that doesn’t require a lot of grooming. Just clipping of the nails from time to time which I do myself. But my dog, on the other hand, requires regular grooming sessions. In the beginning, I used to visit a salon but due to my busy schedule, I recently started making appointments with a mobile groomer, which although is more convenient it is also slightly more expensive.
A full grooming package will cost me around AED250 full price for my medium-sized dog. The Treats Card membership offers discounts with two mobile groomers:
Pets Lounge offer 20% discount
And VIP Pets offer a 15% discount
Both are amazing if you ask me and they already have reasonable prices to start with. But that extra discount in one visit actually saves me the cost of two month’s Treats Card membership!
Other groomers that offer discounts to Treats Card members are:
Adore Love Pamper who offer a 50% discount!
Both Sugar Paws and Mesho Grooming offer a 25% discount
And Petzania offer a 20% discount
Just like the pet shops above, there are also many more groomers (over 20!) that offer discounts to Treats Card members.
You can find the Groomers we work with here, and our Mobile Groomers here.
3) Annual Vaccinations & other vet bills.
Every year there’s one trip to the vet that is for certain; my pet’s annual vaccinations.
I’ve been very lucky that both of my pets are quite healthy. My dog is 14 years old and yes, she has a few issues that come with her age like cataracts in her eyes and arthritis. But other than that, she’s still very active and luckily we don’t have to visit the vet very often.
But one expense that’s always certain is the annual vaccinations. Including the consultation that will cost you around AED550 per pet depending on which veterinary clinic you visit.
Treats Card has various veterinary clinics onboard that offer discounts to their members, which in reality can save you the whole cost of an annual Treats Card membership (or more) in just one visit!
Vienna Veterinary Clinic offers a 35% discount to Treats Card members
If you visit European Veterinary Centre, you can save 30%
Vets Fur Pets, Amity Veterinary Clinic, Nad Al Shiba Veterinary Clinic and Al Hayat Veterinary Clinic all offer a 20% discount
Zabeel Veterinary Hospital offers a 10% discount
And RAKAWC offers up to 10% discount.
For our full list of Veterinary Clinics click here.
4) Boarding/Pet Sitting.
Due to Covid-19, it’s been a while since I’ve been on vacation but I really hope to go again soon. That means that my pets will need to go to one of the amazing boarding facilities in town or I will have to get a pet sitter to watch them.
Not a cheap exercise if you go on vacation for a few weeks and have two pets.
As mentioned, it has been a long time but I remember paying a few thousand Dirhams the last time I travelled to make sure my pets were well looked after.
Some of the boarding facilities that offer amazing discounts to Treats Card members are:
Adore Love Pamper who offer a 50% discount!
Spot who offer up to 30% off
Bruno’s Play Center offer a 20% discount
And you can contact Woof, My Buddy Pet Care and Canine Moe for a 15% discount.
Check out our list of Boarding partners click here.
If you’d rather have a pet sitter taking care of your pet(s), you can also contact:
Paw Parking offer a 15% discount
Homely Petz offer a 10% discount
And you get a 10% discount with PetTimoo
But again this is just a small selection of pet sitters who have partnered with Treats Card, our full list of Sitters can be found here.
5) Dog Friendly Restaurants/Cafés & Hotels.
I’m pretty sure this doesn’t fall under necessary pet bills, however as most people know I like to go out with my dog. Whether it’s for a coffee, breakfast/lunch or a nice staycation, I take her with me whenever I can. This is also the main reason why I decided to start my platform Doggie Adventures in Dubai.
You can also read more about the dog-friendly restaurants and hotels that offer special discounts with Treats Card in my previous blogs.
With over 20 different dog-friendly restaurants that are already on board with Treats Card, it’s easy for me to regularly save some money.
Some of the places that I visit quite often are:
Counter Culture Café who offers a 25% discount
Hotel Indigo offers a 20% discount on F&B and also on their Petcation packages
Reform Social and Grill offers a 15% discount
And 1762 who offers a 10% discount
But like I said, there are many more pet-friendly restaurant discounts available with the Treats Card membership and it’s also a great way to spend quality time with your dog during your time off.
The full list can be found here.
I never realised how much I actually spend on my pet bills until I started to calculate it properly. Now that I’ve been using Treats Card I’ve been saving my receipts to see how much money I really do save per month and it makes a huge difference. Overall, I save a few hundred Dirhams every month and that is just with 1 dog and 1 cat!