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    • 2520years
    • By 2520years 7th Mar 18, 3:44 PM
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    Pet Money Saving Advice
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    • 7th Mar 18, 3:44 PM
    Pet Money Saving Advice 7th Mar 18 at 3:44 PM
    Hi all

    It’s been years since I had a pet but my daughter wants one, so we’re thinking of getting two guinea pigs.

    I’ve done some rudimentary research and the cost quoted on some websites nearly gave me a heart attack!

    Does anyone have any experience they can share with me? I haven't got anything at all yet, so any help, especially about how to save money, would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 7th Mar 18, 4:19 PM
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    We got a puppy recently, and we've discovered Pets at Home have a resident vet (Vets4Pets) which offers very good value for dogs. For example we've paid £99 for inoculations for life, another local vet charges £45 a time. Not applicable to small furries obvs but they may have appropriate packages for them.
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    • ashe
    • By ashe 7th Mar 18, 4:47 PM
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    What costs have you seen?
    • 2520years
    • By 2520years 7th Mar 18, 5:57 PM
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    Thanks guys. About £350 to start with and about £100/month keep.
    Last edited by 2520years; 07-03-2018 at 6:02 PM.
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    • By Aylesbury Duck 7th Mar 18, 6:05 PM
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    Thanks guys. About £350 to start with and about £100/month keep.
    Originally posted by 2520years
    That sounds high. I assume the £350 includes the cost of a decent cage/hutch, outside run, equipment, food, vet checks, neutering, etc. but £100 a month thereafter? Only if you are very unlucky and get two very unwell pets that need lots of vet care.
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    • 2520years
    • By 2520years 7th Mar 18, 6:38 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 6:38 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 6:38 PM
    Is there any way of saving on costs?

    Is Pet Insurance worth getting (or is it like most insurance policies that never pay out?)
    • Wassa123
    • By Wassa123 7th Mar 18, 10:08 PM
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    £100/m? Whatever for?

    Once you have the indoor and outdoor pen, it!!!8217;s just dried food/seeds and potentially the odd vet visit? Least it was with my gerbils as a kid.

    Got a cat now, costs less than £30/m!
    • Nile
    • By Nile 7th Mar 18, 11:25 PM
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    Hi, we move threads if we think they’ll get more help elsewhere (please read the forum rule) so this post/thread has been moved to another board. If you have any questions about this policy please email forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com.

    I’ve moved your thread from the ‘In my home’ board to the ‘Pets & Pet Care’ board, where it is better suited.

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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 8th Mar 18, 10:55 AM
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    Don!!!8217;t skimp on the size of the cage/run, but have a look on eBay/gumtree/Facebook for 2nd hand ones.
    • 2520years
    • By 2520years 8th Mar 18, 12:50 PM
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    Thanks! I!!!8217;ll look into ex-owners who may be getting rid of everything together. The animals themselves - is it okay to buy off Gumtree?
    • SensibleSarah
    • By SensibleSarah 8th Mar 18, 12:52 PM
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    Yes, definitely look for second hand hutch & run on local selling sites - you can usually get really decent size ones for a lot less than you could get smaller ones new.
    Not sure what the £100 monthly upkeep you quoted includes? I have 4 cats and a fairly large dog and probably spend just a bit more than that that on insurance, food, vets etc
    • SensibleSarah
    • By SensibleSarah 8th Mar 18, 12:55 PM
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    Thanks! I!!!8217;ll look into ex-owners who may be getting rid of everything together. The animals themselves - is it okay to buy off Gumtree?
    Originally posted by 2520years
    I wouldn't recommend getting from Gumtree. Lots of local rescues have them ready for rehoming and they will already have been vet-checked, properly sexed, possibly neutered etc - you get no such assurances when buying off gumtree.
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    • By Red-Squirrel 8th Mar 18, 1:24 PM
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    The animals themselves - is it okay to buy off Gumtree?
    Originally posted by 2520years
    Absolutely not!

    Best is to rescue, google to find small animal or guinea pig specific rescues near you.

    Second best is a good local breeder who looks after animals well and is happy for you to visit.

    Don't buy from pet shops or from gumtree. Thos guinea pigs probably come from rodent farms. I won't put the image on here because its not very nice, but just google it if you want to see why you shouldn't support them.
    • 2520years
    • By 2520years 8th Mar 18, 3:07 PM
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    Thanks guys, that!!!8217;s a great help. I!!!8217;ll start looking in earnest now I know a bit more.
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