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How You Can Save Money on Vet Bills

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Taking your pet to the vet can be very expensive. The American Veterinary Medical Association reported that Americans spent $32.3 billion on veterinary care and products in 2021.

According to Dog Advisor, most pet owners need about $250 a year to cover routine costs. Emergency treatment can run into the $1,000s and most dog owners will experience at least one emergency in a dog’s life. According a Forbes Advisory survey, 42% of pet owners cannot cover a surprise vet bill. 

So, what can you do to save some money without compromising care? If your buddy gets into an accident or gets seriously ill, you want to make sure that you can get the best care available. Here some ways you can save big on veterinary bills.

  • Use a Veterinary College if one is near you. Most are located in major cities. If you live in NJ, like me, it is not an option.

  • Keep up with heart-worm and annual visits. You can ask your vet to give you a written prescription instead of filling at the vet.  Vets tend to markup meds so you may be able to get an Rx filled at a Walmart or an online pet pharmacy. If you go online, make sure you use a reputable pharmacy.  I use PetCareRx.

    • I had a vet who insisted I fill prescriptions at the office. Changed vets.

    • Some vets will offer a multi pet discount. I have had to ask for it.

  • Take advantage of free or low-cost pet programs.  Our town offers free rabies shots. The Humane Society and ASPCA offer spaying/neutering  services. Local animal shelters may offer this too.

  • Shop around. Some vets are more likely to suggest certain treatments than others. Find a vet who is open to discuss treatment options. Get an estimate on procedures.

    • I shopped 3 vets in my area and have saved $100s without compromising care.

  • Keep your pet healthy. That means diet, exercise, grooming and taking care of teeth.

    • Brushing teeth is best. My vet suggested GreeniesÂź in a pinch.

    • Watch the “table food” as many human dishes are high in sodium.

    • Do not overfeed your dog and make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise.

  • Keep your dog and the dog bedding clean. Wash the dog bed cover or PawSheet (elasticized dog bed sheet) weekly. This reduces allergens, germs and other irritants that can cause health issues.

Pet insurance can also be an option. Make sure you understand what it does and does not cover. Also, make sure your vet accepts the insurance.

In summary, shop around and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your pet – they are family!!

Photo by FLOUFFY on Unsplash

References:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/low-cost-spayneuter-programs

https://www.gofundme.com/c/blog/help-with-vet-bills

https://www.thesprucepets.com/why-is-my-vet-so-expensive-1118662

https://yourdogadvisor.com/save-on-vet-costs/

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/pet-insurance/pet-cost-inflation/

 

 

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