We all love our pets. They give us unconditional love, kisses, and are always by our side. We don’t know where we’d be without them. Yet, one downside to caring for these beloved creatures that are more like family than some humans we know is the ghastly amount of money we have to shell out anytime they get hurt, sick or just need a basic checkup. Veterinarians deserve to get paid as well as any other doctor. And we appreciate them treating our beloved furry family members. It still stings when we get that bill at the end of each visit. Here are a few ways you can save some money while still looking out for your pets:
Learn How To Do Simple Procedures Yourself
Nobody expects you to learn how to perform any kind of medical procedure or be able to diagnose an illness that Veterinarians take years of schooling to learn how to do! But, there are a few simple procedures that often times the doctor will hand off to their Vet techs or aides because they require little to no formal training. Some of these things include nail trimming, applying flea treatments, ear cleaning, administration of heartworm medication, and bathing.
All of these things are important for the overall health of your pet, but they are also things that you really can do for yourself with a little practice and by simply following medication instructions. YouTube is also very helpful for learning how to properly trim a cat or dog’s nails. Not to mention there is probably nobody else in the world that your pet will allow doing such a thing besides you. If you aren’t sure and if these are things you are not comfortable with doing, then speak to your Vet at your pet’s next checkup. Ask them if they might be willing to show you exactly how to perform these tasks. Once you get it down, you can save money on an unnecessary office visit and learn a helpful new skill that will follow you for years to come.
Look Into Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Programs in Your Area
Many states offer low-cost spay and neuter programs to pet owners to help with the rising cost of getting the procedures done on pets. Many Veterinarians accept vouchers offered by these programs. A voucher can drastically reduce the overall cost of the procedure for pet owners. Occasionally, some veterinary clinics will offer a discount if you bring multiple pets in at one time to be spayed or neutered as well! Ask your Veterinarian if she/he participates in programs such as this and if not, if they could recommend a business that does.
Watch Out For Free Clinics
Probably one of the most cost-effective ways to save money at the Vet office is to be on the lookout for free clinics, discounted rate offers, and word of mouth. A quick Google search can provide you with a list of upcoming rabies clinics in your area. Most of these are free or request just a small donation. Some areas even team up with local Veterinarians and businesses to offer free or low-cost vaccinations, well visits and microchipping on certain days and times. For example, this program that is offered at most Tractor Supply stores. Also, look into mobile veterinary clinics in your area as well! They often provide the same level of service as a clinic, but for a fraction of the cost. This is because they don’t have the overhead of a traditional building.
Consider Investing in Pet Health Insurance
All pets inevitably get sick, hurt or just need a basic checkup year to year. That’s a given with any living creature. However, some pets are more susceptible to certain types of diseases, cancers or just more accident prone. If you are finding that you are running to the Vet more often than you’d like, maybe it might be time to consider in investing in a monthly pet health insurance premium that could help cover most of not all of the costs associated with costly Vet bills.
On average, most people will pay between $10-$70 per month for a good pet insurance plan. The cost varies by the species of the pet, their age, any conditions they may have, etc. The overall cost may be more per month. But if you want to avoid one large bill anytime your pet has to go to the doctor this is definitely a good option to look into!
Looking out for the overall welfare of your pet’s health is the #1 way to deter costly veterinarian bills. Keeping your pet on a healthy diet, making sure he/she gets enough exercise and sleep, and always looking out for early signs of illness or injury are so important! Don’t be afraid to look for the right Veterinarian for your pet too! Sometimes finding the perfect office is all you’ll need to keep both money in your wallet and peace of mind. Customers that stay with an office for years are considered more trustworthy. You may be eligible for payment plans for high medical bills.
Animal Rescue Organizations
Finally, if you are having a hard time paying your pet’s medical expenses, consider reaching out to animal rescue organizations. They can sometimes help families that are facing financial difficulties but still want to keep their pet. There are many people out there that are willing to lend a hand when they see an animal in need.