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10 Ways to Save Big Bucks at the Vet

February 23, 2012 by Jillian at Tails in Featured, Home with 0 Comments

cat at vetWhile many of us have to get creative when money is tight, it’s hard to deny our pets the care they need regardless of the cost. Let’s face it–veterinarian care can get pricey, especially without pet insurance.

There are ways to save on pet health costs, and most are pretty common maintenance care that in the lifetime of your pet will save money on medical bills. 

 

1. Puppy Proofing 

Make sure that your pet’s home environment is safe for puppies and dogs of any age. Make sure that chewable items with choking hazards, toxic chemicals and other unsafe items are kept out of the way. Fences/safety gates also help keep pets out of trouble.

2. Leashes/Properly Securing Pets

It’s extremely important to make sure pets are safely contained when not in the home. There is a potential your pet can get away from you and lost, stolen, hit by a vehicle, get into altercations with other animals and otherwise hurt. A $10 leash or $25 pet carrier could save you hundred or thousands of dollars in medical bills, stress and loss.

3. Good Home Dental Care

Brushing your pets teeth goes far beyond a pearly white smile. Good dental care prevents expensive cleanings or worse–the devastating and costly medical complications caused by poor oral health.

4. Grooming

Nail trims and keeping your pet’s coat shorter can help prevent injuries and infection that could end up costing you more in the long run. Some of these you can do from home (which save you money) but even letting the professionals help you out when you need it will help your pet stay safe and healthy.

 5. Regular Wellness Exams

Remember that saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This is true with pets as well. Preventative medicine allows your pet a regular examination for lumps, bumps, heart and lung issues and any intestinal problems that can occur. Trust us, the cost of this exam is well worth the savings if it can provide early detection and avoids major issues down the road.

6. Vaccinations

This one is a no-brainer:  make sure your pets have the right vaccines on schedule to prevent a host of dangerous and costly diseases and medical conditions.

7. Parasite Prevention

Know what’s more expensive than flea and tick prevention? Having your home fumigated after a flea infestation. Ditto for treating Lyme disease.

8. Good Nutrition

As humans we know that the quality of our health is directly tied to proper nutrition and the same is true for pets. Spend a little more for healthier food, treats and supplements and reap the reward of longer, healthier lives for your pets.

9. Regular Exercise & Healthy Weight

This one builds on good nutrition. Make sure pets have adequate opportunity for exercise to help them stay at a healthy weight and avoid expensive weight-related complications (diabetes, osteoarthritis, etc.).

10. Spaying/Neutering

Who doesn’t need  to wake up 12 kittens in the laundry room? You don’t! Making sure your pet is spayed or neutered ensures they won’t bring home any expensive surprises–or contribute to the homeless pet population.

 

 

 

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