Check With a Vet College
Just as you can potentially save money on dental care by going to a local dental school, the same applies to taking your pet to the vet. Do some checking to see if there are any vet schools nearby that offer standard pet care at a discounted price. Even though a vet student will be doing most of the heavy lifting while taking care of your pet, she or he will be observed by an experienced veterinarian, which should provide you with a measure of peace of mind.
Look Into Getting Pet Insurance
You may not know that pet insurance is a thing now. As you look over your options for pet insurance, treat it like getting health insurance for yourself. This means knowing what kind of coverage your pet is getting, what exclusions there are to specific plans and what kind of discounts are available. You may feel a bit silly getting pet coverage, but you most certainly won’t feel silly saving money.
Start a Savings Account
There’s no doubting that sooner or later you’ll have to take your pet to the vet, so you may as well start saving up for that inevitability now. Open up a savings account specifically for future vet bills and put money back once a month. That way, when it’s time for your pet’s annual check-up, you won’t have to rearrange your budget or make financial sacrifices in other areas of your life.
Only Feed Pets What They Need
Just as treating obesity in humans can be rather expensive, the same is true of treating obese pets. You can lessen the chances of your dog or cat plumping up by only feeding her or him what she or he needs. Rather than relying on pet food companies to tell you what your pet should eat, talk to your vet instead about what you should be feeding your pet on a daily basis. Bear in mind that pet food companies may sell you more than what your pet actually needs to inflate their profits. By only feeding pets what they need when they need it, you save money on food and on unnecessary trips to the vet to treat an obese cat or dog.
Get a Written Prescription
Rather than immediately buying prescriptions from your vet, get a written prescription so that you can shop around first to get a better deal. There’s a chance you’re buying marked-up prescriptions from your vet when you could get the same product for a discounted price by going elsewhere. If you do decide to shop online, be sure you double- and triple-check the supplier to ensure they’re legitimate; it’s easy to get scammed these days. Additionally, you can ask your vet if she or he has any free samples of the prescribed medication that you can use, which is an especially good idea to see how you and your pet like the medication before buying anything.
With the right info and a willingness to put in hard work, there’s no need for you to spend more than necessary on vet services. Now you can take care of your pet without needing to file for bankruptcy.