As some regular readers might remember, I had some very expensive vet visits in 2007. And although our cat is just fine, it was quite a burden to shell out that much money on vet care! This past weekend I saw this article “How To Save Money On Your Vet Bills” from Parade Magazine…too bad I did not see it before ours got sick. There is one thing in the article that is a little strange in that the author says outdoor cats tend to live only 3-5 years, which is not really a believable statement. I know plenty of people with outdoor cats who live way longer than that. So what do they have to say about saving money at the vet?
For starters, you should focus on prevention. This includes getting your animal to practice good hygiene (yea, right), trimming their claws, and brushing a cat’s teeth a few times a week. (A few times a week? They are kidding, right?) Keeping your pet at an ideal weight, current on vaccinations, and getting them spayed or neutered early are also things you can do to help keep your pet healthy.
The article then says to become a pet detective. I guess this means to watch your pets carefully and notice strange behavior.
Lastly, they say to make friends with your local vet. This one I cannot stress enough, as you want your vet to have a relationship with your pet of some sort. Also, if you have been going to the same vet for some time and they know you, they might be more apt to give a discount or a payment plan for big bills.