News 12 This Morning, February 27, 2009
MARTINEZ, Ga.-- Meet 3-month-old Shane. He's a white boxer with polka-dots.
"We love our pet as if it was one of our children so we try to do what we can, as much as we can rather," Daniel Hargrove said.
The vaccinations can add up, but he says his pet is worth it.
"He's here to get neutered so that we won't have any more little dogs running around because we can only afford the one," Hargrove said.
But some people can't even afford the one they already have. Loretta Emmons is the owner of Heartsong Spay-Neuter Clinic in Martinez and says in the past year, 50 animals have either been dropped off or people come in and say they can't take care of their pet anymore.
"Some of them have been left, taped up in boxes outside our door in the middle of the night. We've arrived here and found puppies, kittens, small dogs taped up in boxes," Loretta Emmons said.
Emmons says in these times more people are getting their pets spayed and neutered because having litters is very costly. There are many things you can do now to save later on. Make sure your pet is on a high quality food.
"You get what you pay for. If your feeding a low quality food, you're going to have food allergies, which is going to cause you to go to your veterinarian more frequently, that's going to cost a lot of money," Emmons said.
So even though you may pay more now, it will cost you less in the long run. Emmons says pet owners need to spend five dollars a month on heart worm prevention because it's more cost-effective than if your pet had to be treated for heartworms. And in this economy, Heartsong is trying to help their customers. Instead of selling the whole box of flea and heart worm medications, they'll break them up, so you only have to pay for one month at a time.
"Your pet is your best friend, and in these times when the economy is tough and your stressed. How do you put a price tag on having that stress reducer," Emmons said.