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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?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

3 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.

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