Vet bills can be doggone costly, pun intended. Sure, you love your pet (maybe even more than your human family members), but wouldn’t it be nice if that fun little trip to the vet wasn’t quite as steep? Of course it would. Kind of like how it’d be nice if money just miraculously starting raining from the sky. The funny thing is, there are actually ways to save some green on vet bills. As for that money from the sky business, you’re on your own. Read on, furry friend lovers, and discover how you can keep some extra money in your pocket after Fluffy’s had his or her checkup.
1. Keep an eye on all food intake.
If you catch him or her sneaking an extra donut here and there, it’s time to lock up the pantry. No but seriously, pet obesity is an all too common occurrence. Keeping your pet healthy and fit will reduce the chance of diabetes, high blood pressure, forms of cancer, and arthritis. Plus, if you’re keeping your pet healthy, chances are that you’re staying healthy, which is an added bonus.
2. Feed your pet premium food.
You know how if you splurge on an item that’s a brand name, it usually tends to work better and last longer? The same goes for pet food. Instead of buying that lower quality looking dog chow, buy premium or organic. It contains quality ingredients that will keep your pet healthy and satisfied. Plus, better ingredients in the premium stuff tends to keep your pet fuller for longer, whereas the lower quality food with lots of fillers would take more to fill him or her up. In the long run, you’ll save money and your furry one will be happy, healthy, and full.
3. Plan ahead.
While you may not necessarily have envisioned Fluffy acquiring a tumor the size of Texas, it could happen. Can you prevent it? Probably not, however, scheduling annual checkups for your pet is a great way to help prevent some of the nastier things that may happen to him or her. For example, the early detection of any disease can literally save you and your wallet thousands of dollars down the road.
4. Brush those chompers.
Maintaining good dental health is another way to save you some green. By brushing your pets’ teeth a few times a week, or even a few times a month (better than nothing), you’ll save on trips to the vet to get them professionally cleaned. You’ll have to eventually get them cleaned at the vet of course, but it will definitely cut down on the amount of times. And make sure you use a pet toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for our furry friends.
5. Ask about discounts.
Hey, it couldn’t hurt right? A lot of veterinarians will offer special discounts for senior citizens, full-time students, military members, and public safety workers, among others. They may even offer a multi-pet discount. The more pets, the more you save! Also ask the veterinary staff if they can price match online prescription meds. Everyone could always afford to save a buck and the worst that can happen is they’ll say no.
Julie Lee is a freelance writer focusing on college programs & career tips. Julie has recently written about veterinary technician programs as well as blogging about college life tips on various college blogs.