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5/3/09

Recession proof your pet, professional advice

TUBAC, ARIZONA (KOLD) - Master dog chef Micki Voisardi, lives in Tubac Arizona, but travels the country giving pet advice.

She's noticing a trend, more and more people are asking the same type of questions at her lectures. "People say I have to dump my pet because I can't afford it, I don't think this is true!" Micki adds, "We don't realize how much money we're spending."

Chef Micki thinks the best way to cut pet cost, and improve their health is to stop giving them take-out in the form of commercial dog food. She looks for the deals in the meat section, and makes her own pet food. "There is no reason for you to go out and spend $7 to $10 on a treat," Micki says.

She suggests treating your pet to boiled beef hearts or liver. You can also try sardines canned in water, but not oil.

A healthy pet is an inexpensive one. Here are three tips to help with the care and cost of your furry friend.

1) Keep your pet hydrated, during the summer; many visits to the vet are dehydration related. This veterinary cost can be minimized by keeping your pet's water dish full.

2) A walk a day keeps the vet away. Don't forget to go for an evening stroll with your dog or spend time outside with your pet. Keeping your pet healthy will reduce vet visits in the long run.

3) Confirm vaccination cycles. Not all shots are necessary every year. Talk to your vet to see if a two or three-year cycle is appropriate.

Just a word of caution... It never hurts to give your vet or a pet specialist a call before switching your pet's diet or grooming routines.

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