5 health, money tips for pet owners

Pet owners know that taking care of a furry friend can take a lot more work than just a routine visit to the veterinarian.

Dr. Kristen Andrews from Kingman stopped by ABC15 Sunday to give us helpful tips and share five things that your vet probably won't tell you.

1. Make dental health easier

Approximately 80 percent of pets get dental disease by the time they're just a few years old, so dental health is extremely important.

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In a perfect world, do your best to brush your dog's teeth every day (or as much as you can). But it's OK if you aren't able to do this difficult task- just offer your pets chew toys and special dental bones to help get rid of tartar and plaque that can make their breath smell bad and cause health issues later on in life.

Dr. Andrews suggests Minties treats, especially for small breeds that are prone to dental issues.

2. Find affordable flea and tick fighters

Even products sold at stores like Walmart are helpful in protecting your pets from pesky fleas and ticks. Getting a prescription is helpful, but you could save tons of money per month by buying products off the shelves.

3. Steer clear of foreign foods

Make sure you check where your pet's food and treats are made! Following the contamination scares from Chinese and other foreign food makers, it's a good bet that your pets will be safer eating American-made products.

Before you buy a treat that looks healthy and safe for your pet, check the bag- make sure the product is made in the United States. You would be surprised how many pet products are made outside of the country.

4. Slow the shedding

For long, fluffy-furred pets, shedding can become a huge problem. Even if your pet is short-haired, fur can land all over your home. Try a de-shedding tool, like the Furminator, that gets rid of excess hair that would end up falling onto your furniture, clothes and floors.

Using a de-shedding tool a few times a week could drastically help the health of your pet's fur and the cleanliness of your home.

5. Look for less-pricey prescriptions

If your pet has to be on medications or take costly monthly prescriptions, you could save money by getting them from a different pharmacy. Ask your vet to write a prescription and get the medication filled at a place like Walmart, Sam's Club or Costco. Shopping around for prescription prices could save you a lot of money!

For more helpful and affordable pet tips, visit VetIQ.com .

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