Ah, yes. The high cost of keeping your pet in tip top health is just one of the things you have to consider when shopping for a new pooch. Don’t get us wrong, the bills are worth every penny if they mean that we’ll be able to spend more quality time with our fur baby. It all comes down to how you wish to take care of the health of your pet. You could be proactive or reactive. The choice is completely up to you. But there is a way to keep these costs under control, if necessary.
1 – Take A Good, Long and Hard Look At Preventative Health Care
You may have heard this same line coming from your very own dentist. Well, the reality is that it will cost you far less to prevent a disease than it will to treat one. A fine example of this is heartworm. A monthly preventative heartworm treatment will set you back anywhere between $5 and $15. Heartworm disease can be fatal so if you do not opt for monthly preventative care taking the chance that your best friend won’t contract it, that’s fair enough. However, if your fur baby does end up with heartworm it can cost you upwards of $1,000 to treat. Do you see the logic in this?
2 – Time To Reevaluate The Annual Vaccination Schedule
Thanks to high-tech advancements in veterinarian care, you may find that annual vaccinations are going the way of the dinosaur. The main shots recommended for all pets are now effective for a time period of three or more years. In other words, after your pooch gets his or her first set of shots and a one year booster, you may not need annual shots after that. You will have to discuss this with your vet who will have a better handle on this than we do but ultimately, you may be able to cut out some annual vaccinations as a result.
3 – See If Your Vet Has One Of Those Preventative Care Package Programs
Essentially, all this really is, is that your vet may be one that bundles together a number of different preventatives for your pooch that can contain vaccinations, dental care, parasite control and offers a discounted price for the whole bunch. This is a saving to you and helps keep you as a customer of your local vet office. If your vet is really flexible, you may even be able to pay these bundles off in a payment plan spread over a period of time that doesn’t strap you too badly.
4 – Remember, Competition Is Good For The Customer
Sometimes you just have to shop around for the best deal. This also applies to pet prescriptions and parasite control products. We’re not suggesting you opt for no-name brands that cost pennies in comparison to what your vet is asking. We are hinting at the fact that maybe your vet is quoting you prices for prescriptions that are using high-end drugs rather than the generic equivalents. This also means that you can ask your vet to possibly use a cheaper, yet effective, alternative…if one exists. This will reduce some of your costs.
5 – And You Thought The Idea Of Pet Health Insurance Was A Tad Nutty
Okay, we know, this isn’t for everyone. But, if you did invest in a form of pet health insurance, coverage for certain circumstances will cost you less since you’ve been paying a specific premium for the peace of mind. Remember to pay particular attention to the small print.
6 – Start A Small Savings Fund For Such Emergencies
Hey, even if you already put a lot of effort into your monthly budget, a vet bill can take a sizable bite out of it. One way to cushion the blow a bit is through a regular savings program. All you need to set aside each payday is whatever you can easily afford. That can be $5 or $50 or more, depending on your cash flow. Over time you will have enough set aside that a trip to the vet can be easily handled.
7 – Keep Your Pet Healthy From The Beginning
A healthy pooch is one that rarely gets sick. The stronger the immune system, the better it can fend off illness and disease. One way to keep your four-legged friend healthy is will regular check ups, a nutritious and well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise. The better health your dog is in, the less likely he or she will spend any extra time in the vet’s office.
There Are Many Ways To Trim Your Pet Care Costs
Just like you probably don’t enjoy being in the doctor’s office for something you could have avoided if you took better care of yourself, your dog won’t be fond if frequent trips to the vet, either. But there are many ways in which you can take control of the situation and save a few bucks in the process. When your pet is well-fed, properly exercised and up-to-date on required shots and vaccinations, there should be no reason why you would have to spend additionally to keep your fur baby in good health. Treating your pet’s health issues reactively is going to cost you far more than if you adopted a proactive approach to the situation.
Preventative care is where you become proactive in the way in which you take care of your pet. This requires a steady concentration on paying close attention to the signs and acting swiftly should something pop up. A healthy pet is a happy pet and when your pet is healthy and happy, it is not costing you extra in staying well. Hopefully this article has provided you with some great ideas on how you reduce your vet bills and still keep your pet in good health. Always check with your vet for advice on how to approach some of these suggestions and work with your vet in creating the correct preventative care program for your specific breed and age of dog.