21 Ways to Save on Pet Care

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      1Indulging Fido and Boots with gourmet vittles, homeopathic medical

      treatments and expensive grooming can put you in the poorhouse.

      2.Consider alternatives. Humane society or university veterinary

      clinics may offer thriftier medical services than private practitioners.

      3.Keep an eye out for special events, such as reduced

      veterinary-service events sponsored by government agencies or pet stores.

      4.Some vets will give discounts to folks who bring in several pets at

      once, so why not round up your whole brood for routine exams and

      inoculations?

      5.Speak up if it’s a stray. Many vets will discount their services if

      your pet was an abandoned or homeless critter that you’d rescued. You

      may expect — or ask for — at least 10 percent off.

      6.Say it loud: I’m senior and proud! Some vets also give seniors

      discounts as high as 20 percent.

      7.Spay/neuter! Reproductive reasons aside, an animal that has been

      spayed or neutered has decreased chances of getting a variety of

      serious illnesses.

      8.Keep careful records of your pet’s inoculations and other

      health-care services. If you switch vets, you won’t risk having costly

      procedures duplicated if you can’t recall what was done.

      9.Be selective about follow-up care. Don’t automatically follow up

      with expensive emergency-hospital staff — follow up emergency care

      with your regular vet during normal business hours.

      10. Learn what constitutes a true emergency. For example, weakness and

      difficulty in breathing is an emergency.

      11.Consider pet health insurance. It works in much the same way as it

      does for people — there’s generally a deductible, a co-pay or both,

      and forms to be filled out.

      12.Shop around for medicines, online and locally.

      13.Always seek a second opinion when a vet suggests a pricey

      procedure. This is very important for both your pet’s health — and

      your wealth. You’d do it for yourself, right?

      14.Brush those pearly whites! Not only will your pet’s teeth suffer if

      you don’t — it can affect its overall health. Oral bacteria can lead

      to serious problems and complications.

      15. Get samples of new products from your vet — ask and ye may receive.

      16.Consider dietary improvements. Upgrading to higher-quality premium

      foods can pay off in health dividends.

      17.Feed your pet food specific to its species for optimal health. If

      you have a hamster, for example, feed it hamster food — not nibbles

      from your nachos.

      18.More is less good when it comes to stuffing your pet with vittles.

      Overfeeding can create health problems.

      19.Be your own pet (health) detective. Check out the online veterinary

      version of The Merck Manual and do the detective work for your pet.

      20.Use free resources such as your local pet-supply store. Their

      personnel tend to be animal lovers with a fairly good knowledge

      regarding a variety of critters.

      21.Read, listen and watch. Take advantage of other free resources,

      such as pet publications and TV and radio programs.

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Budget101 Discussion List 21 Ways to Save on Pet Care