||Excerpted from Consumer Reports July
20 ways to cut vet costs
- Pay vet bills of $50 or more by credit card. (you
can dispute the bill if needed).
- Choose a vet before you need one. Get price
quotes for regular services and for something like a broken leg
- Ask for discounts - multiple pets, senior citizen
...human, not the pet :-)
- Talk to the vet about vaccinating on a 3-year
schedule instead of every year.
- Check prices for vaccinations at low-cost clinics
like the SPCA. There are also low-cost services for low-income
families and senior citizens.
- Keep copies of bills and health records so you
can change vets easily if needed.
- If you use an emergency vet, schedule follow-up
visits at your regular vet.
- Get a second opinion before approving pricey
- Research pet disorders and consult a good
- Ask for a written prescription so you can shop
for the best price.
- Shop for pet drugs at regular pharmacies. DONíT
give your pet drugs for your medicine cabinet without consulting your
- Ask for generic drugs whenever possible. Buy
drugs in bulk for long-term disease management (thyroid pills,
- Exercise your pet and donít overfeed it
- Fight tartar and plaque (dental disease) in order
to prevent bigger problems.
- Keep pets fenced or leashed when outdoors to
prevent the from getting hit by a car.
- Store drugs and chemicals out of your petís
- Ask your vet about heartworm drugs
- Use a flea and tick product.
I donít think these two are as
useful (if you love dogs and are allergic to cats, getting a cat isn't
an option. And if you adopt your pet from the SPCA, you won't know
parental history.) Also, good breeding does not guarantee youíll have
a pet that is free of health problems (it will help, but won't guarantee
- Get a cat. Cats tend to have fewer serious health
problems and genetic diseases than dogs.
- Choose your breed and breeder carefully to reduce
the risk of genetic disorders.
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