How to save money on your vet bills
We all love our furry friends, but we don’t necessarily love the expenses that come along with them. Whether it’s an annual check-up, a teeth cleaning, or an emergency visit, the cost of owning and taking care of your pet can really add up.
Since the spring is a busy time for annual check-ups, vaccines and testing we’re getting in the spirit by offering some tips on how you can save money on vet bills.
Plan for the expense
Of course you can’t necessarily plan for an emergency with your pet, but you can set some money aside so you have an emergency fund for your pet if and when you need it.
It’s also a good idea to have an honest conversation with your vet as your pet ages to get an understanding of what expenses you may need to budget for in the coming years. For example, once your pet is a senior it’s likely they’ll need more testing and bloodwork done at their annual exam. If you know these expenses are coming, you can make sure you set money aside ahead of time.
There are a lot of things you can do to make sure your pet stays healthy for as long as possible. For example, ensuring their weight stays within a healthy range, making sure the food they eat doesn’t contain unnecessary fillers, and keeping them on their leash outside (unless you’re in a designated park or fenced yard) can all contribute to your pet’s longevity. While these things won’t necessarily prevent illness or disease, they will help to avoid some more easily preventable health issues.
Find a local veterinary school
Depending on where you live, you may be able to have some services performed at a local veterinary school, and save yourself some money. Like a dental school, many veterinary schools like to have “real life” patients to practice on, and this can come at a great savings to you. Services like spaying or neutering, or wellness exams are often available at a fraction of the price.
Look into pet insurance
Pet insurance can be great when it comes to covering unexpected pet expenses. If you feel your pet is and will stay healthy, you can often purchase a value plan at a portion of the cost. Just make sure that you fully understand the terms and conditions of the coverage option you choose.
Ask about specials
Many vets will offer seasonal specials, or a reduction in the cost of services. For example, you may see a “sale” on heartworm medications in the spring, or a “dental health month” that offers discounts on dental care. It’s a great idea to ask your vet about these events, or consider following the vet office on social media (or through a newsletter or email campaign), so you can keep updated on what is currently being offered.
Consider a payment plan
Finally, if you find yourself in a situation where you need veterinary care that your emergency fund or pet insurance just can’t cover, talk to your vet. Many vets offer payment plans that will allow you to get the care your pet needs now, and then pay the costs over time.
Pets are an important part of your family, so you want to keep them around and in good health for as long as you can. Hopefully these simple tips will help you enjoy your time with your pets, instead of worrying about the cost of taking care of them.