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10 Ways to Save Money at the Vet

Looking for ways to cut corners? By taking preventive measures and keeping your pet save, you can reduce the amount you might have to spend at the vet. Pet insurance is definitely a great way to save on the high cost of unexpected vet bills, but there are also many ordinary measures you can take to save money.

  1. Puppy and kitten proof your home. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so begin at the source by cutting your dog or cat off from any potential hazards. Pick up any small objects, put away cleaning supplies and other toxic chemicals, and secure loose cords and wires.
  2. Secure pets with wandering tendencies. Should your pet escape your home, there is a world of possibilities as far as accidents and injuries go. Prevent car accidents, fights with other animals, and other dangers by leashing your pet, setting up a fence, or getting into the routine of monitoring potential escape routes.
  3. Take good care of your pet’s teeth. Poor dental hygiene can not only lead to expensive dental cleanings, but also costly teeth extractions, gum infections, and pain to your pet.
  4. Adopt a grooming routine. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent them from painful breakage or growing into the paw. With enough practice (and bravery) you can do this at home for much cheaper than visiting a professional.
  5. Get your regular check-ups. Stay on track with routine wellness veterinary exams for your pet in order to catch any health conditions early on, before they become more severe (and more expensive).
  6. Vaccinate your pet. These will help prevent costly health problems.
  7. Prevent parasites. You will definitely save money by administering flea and tick medications regularly. Consider having to fumigate your home for fleas. Yuck!
  8. Feed well. Be sure to feed healthy foods and in the proper amounts. Check out our 10 tips for feeding your pet.
  9. Exercise regularly. It’s important for your pet to maintain a healthy weight so as to prevent weight-related health conditions such as diabetes or osteoarthritis.
  10. Spay and neuter your pet. Not only does this prevent litters of puppies or kittens that you would have to care for, but it also prevents a number of health conditions.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to save money with your pets?

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11 Responses to 10 Ways to Save Money at the Vet

  1. 24 hour vet brisbane says:

    Often times the nature of those injuries is not immediately obvious through the outside, perhaps all that is certainly seen
    is two puncture wounds round the abdomen of the small dog
    which was bitten by a larger one. Some clinics use a team including receptionist,
    vets or doctors, laboratory members etc. At Bank Street Animal
    Hospital they look at the pets: ‘ Eyes ‘ Ears ‘ Teeth ‘ Coat ‘ Heart ‘ Lymph nodes ‘ Joints ‘ Belly ‘ They may even ask your canine friend to walk, stand or run.

  2. marcus says:

    Regarding number 6. above. Is incorrect. Over vaccination causes allergies, seizures, illness, disease, paralysis, and cancer.

    Pets only need one vaccine per cause that will last the lifetime of the pet. If you vaccinate more then that, then there will be much higher medical costs and every time you overvaccinate it causes the immune system to go into overdrive, that will cause a host of expensive health problems. The vets will not tell you this, as they want a host of health problems for profit. The AVMA is there to support over vaccination for higher profits for all their vet members.

    I am surprised that a pet insurance that is suppose to pay for health problems would insist on sicker pets unless the pet insurance is receiving kick backs or bribes or rewards from big veterinary pharma to be a vaccine pusher or drug pusher, and are getting paid on the back end, which must be the case here. Using vets in white coats or doctors or dentists in white coats as the drug pushers. But they are no better than a drug dealer on the street, all about money, not about health.

    This is very concerning about buying pet insurance from Trupanion.

    I think you need to update your article here if you are a real pet insurance and really care about pets health.

    Overvaccination is for profit not for protection.

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Marcus,
      We appreciate you sharing your concerns, however the article does not recommend overvaccinating pets. It simply states to vaccinate your pet, with which your statement “Pets only need one vaccine per cause” seems to agree. We do not receive “kick backs or bribes or rewards from big veterinary pharma,” and the suggestion to vaccinate pets in a single blog article does not translate to the company “pushing” vaccines. Thank you.

  3. mickey says:

    The one huge reason I’m not taking TRUPANION at this time is easy to read and see; this insurance only provides help for pet owners who have an animal needing health care for a pet that has costly needs. One example which is gone over and over and over is diabetes. It is covered 90% by you. Fine, not an issue for me. Another example is hip dysplasia. Again, not an issue with my pet. A third example is cancer. Again, not an issue with my pet. My pet is a normal dog with no issues AT ALL. So paying you is useless since the few times I’ve gone to vet were all different and not related. Therefore, ever single incident is costing me a ton of money because TRUPANION makes you pay a deductible PER INCIDENT SINCE THEY ARE NOT RELATED. What good is TRUPANION for an owner not producing a pet with any issues other than those that occur over their life that are different each and every time??? TRUPANION COVERS NOTHING IN THOSE INCIDENTS. SO for a $300 deductible is used their whole life with no payouts each visit you take them for. If one visit is for a foot, the next for diarrhea and the next, let’s say, a tooth issue and each is separate and not caused by a problem from before that’s already been dealt with then TRUPANION COVERS NOTHING AND EACH VISIT IS PAID BY YOU AND THE DEDUCTIBLE IS NOT USED TO HELP YOU OUT. WHY WOULD I WANT TRUPANION?

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Mickey,
      Thanks for sharing your concerns. The purpose of insurance in general is to help offset the large costs of an unexpected event. Take car insurance, for example: if you get a crack or chip in your windshield, your deductible is probably higher than the cost to replace a windshield so you’ll have to pay for it. If you need an oil change or want to get some scratches in the paint repaired, you’ll have to pay for that as well. But if there is a car accident, then your insurance is there to help after the deductible is met.
      It’s a similar idea for pet insurance. The idea of a deductible is that you are taking responsibility for part of the risk (any injuries or illnesses that may occur) and we recommend choosing a deductible that fits within your budget. However, we also offer a $0 deductible option for pet owners that either don’t have as much wiggle room for risk, or simply want to see a higher level of payout should an incident occur.
      Please feel free to give us a call any time!

  4. mickey says:

    I will take comments from the “big” people and the potential members that should stay away from TRUPANION.

    • john says:

      First of all, get No Deductible.

      The only reason we go to the vet is for an emergency, and you are lucky if most the emergencies are under $100. We are very careful. But then if your dog gets septic that can cost from $500 to $5000 to save your dog depending on how quickly you get to the vet or if your dog gets stomach bloat and needs immediate life saving surgery for $2500

      This is why you buy pet insurance is for emergencies only. Big life threatening emergencies, or a broken bone, etc.

      You never want to be in the position of not being able to save your dog’s life unless you are wealthy then you don’t need insurance.

      Hopefully your dog will live their entire life without an emergency, but they do happen to the best of us who are very careful, looking out for potential hazards. etc.

      Get the NO DEDUCTIBLE to make it worth your while but keep pet insurance for when that one major emergency may happen.

      I sleep better at night knowing that even if I cannot afford a worst case emergency, I have the care credit card to pay the vet right away and pet insurance to pay me so I can pay off the care credit card and or the H3 Veterinary services credit card. I have both veterinary health credit cards so I am prepared with a way to pay the vet right away.

      We can’t afford health insurance anymore, like most people, but people are not killed when they don’t have insurance.

      Pets are killed if you cannot afford to save them.

      Sorry but true. I hate insurance corporations too. But for now I have to have insurance to protect my pets from a worst case scenario.

  5. Ann Marie Livengood says:

    I agree, get zero deductible. My pets’ claims have always been paid very quickly, at 90% of the bill. It gives me incredible peace of mind to know that no matter what happens, I can afford to treat my pets. $5000 surgery needed? No problem. $100 ear infection? Still very helpful.

    • john says:

      Save the most on vet bills by hiring a Holistic Veterinarian. They are better educated in preventative health then any conventional veterinarian. Once I switched to Holistic Care and a Holistic Veterinarian, my pets are really healthy, no more issues with cancer, and longer living healthier pets. When I look back at my files with conventional vets I really got ripped off and sold many services I did not need. Conventional vets will lie to you to sell chemo pesticide that pets do not need. There are real natural cancer cures that work and are very affordable and helps the pet feel healthier. I am amazed how much more everyone else pays for conventional care for services that will cost them more. If you overvaccinate then your pets will have allergies, seizures, the very illness the vaccine was so suppose to prevent and can get aggressive cancers. Remember 1 vaccine for each cause protects for a lifetime. Over vaccinations will hurt a pets health.

      • mickey says:

        I think this coverage is not a good insurance for the average dog who could use it. This company ONLY COVERS problems that are ongoing! For example, one that is always brought up is diabetes; each appt needed is always covered for this problem. However, WHAT IF YOU HAVE A DOG THAT IS HEALTHY AND EACH VISIT IS FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT? THE DEDUCTIBLE NEVER GETS USED AND YOUR PET VISIT NEVER GETS COVERAGE! THEY ONLY COVER ISSUES THAT YOUR DOG HAS FOR ITS LIFE, NOT A VARIETY OF ISSUES THAT DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER. THIS MEANS YOU WILL PAY OUT A TON OF MONEY WITH NO COVERAGE FROM TRUPANION.

  6. Laurel says:

    So very true what one commenter said about holistic veterinary care- My vet uses both traditional and holistic medicine and really emphasizes using nutrition to treat ailments instead of pills. One of my dogs is a 14 yr old Lab mix in beginning stages of kidney failure & had arthritis & walked stiff & wobbly, but I followed the vet’s advice, and only feed home cooked food using a vet approved recipe, and hydrotherapy & cold laser therapy for arthritis and he’s bouncy doesn’t start panting from being in pain in the evenings like he used to. I’m still torn about getting insurance for my other 1.5 yr old Chi mix. I anticipate dental expenses since small breeds are really prone to teeth problems & that is not covered.

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