If you’re a pet owner, this statement won’t surprise you; pet care is expensive. According to the American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, more than $50 billion was spent on U.S. pets in 2011. With 62 percent of U.S. households including a pet, this equals 72.9 million homes or more than $685 spent per pet-owning family. Given the still troubling state of the economy, it’s a safe bet that many of these pet owners would have benefited from pet care money saving tips. For all those folks looking for ways to trim pet care expenses without sacrificing your furry companion’s quality of life, I’ll be writing a brief series with money saving tips.