Preventive Care

The attitude of “if it’s not broken, why fix it” may be alright when talking about your coffeemaker or living room décor, but it can be very costly when it comes to your pet’s health.   While some medical issues appear suddenly, most develop over time.  First symptoms are often subtle changes in behavior and appearance and are easily overlooked by the majority of pet owners.  Issues such as weight loss and decreased activity may be dismissed as the normal aging process.  Since treatment success for most conditions depends heavily upon early diagnosis, routine veterinary visits are your pet’s lifeline.

The most common reason people postpone routine care is the financial cost.  Budgets have become a way of life and, for many people, there’s not much extra money available.  Some pet owners view their pet’s annual well visit as an unnecessary expense and make the choice to skip it. That may save $100 at the time, but the potential costs associated with treating an illness can lead to thousands of dollars.  The price of an annual well visit is negligible in comparison.  Many charities offer financial assistance in the form of low-cost veterinary care, and some veterinary offices routine care special packages.  Check for available options in your area.  

Another common reason people don’t seek preventive care for their pets is that they do not feel it’s important.  They view animals as “just” animals or as replaceable possessions.  The truth is that animals are living creatures and they deserve a life free from pain and hardship.  Whether you keep an animal for a particular reason, such as protection, or simply for the companionship they provide, you are responsible for providing all care necessary to keep your animals healthy and free from pain and disease.  These responsibilities come along with making the choice to share your life and home with pets.

Routine veterinary care benefits your family’s health, too.  Certain illnesses and diseases can be transmitted to humans from animals.  Called zoonotic diseases, they include giardia, ringworm, rabies, hantavirus and Lyme disease.  Some are simply an irritation while others can be fatal.  By keeping your animals properly vaccinated, you are protecting your family from harm.  Isn’t the price of a veterinary visit worth that?


A few tips to help in the reducing the cost of routine veterinary care:

→Save $5.00 a month per pet.  After a year’s time, you’ll have $60.00 to go towards the fee for the visit.  The more you can put aside each month, the more you’ll have at the end of the year.
→Some organizations sponsor mobile low-cost vaccine clinics that travel from location to location.  Search for such groups in your area.
→Establish your pets with a local veterinarian.  Veterinarians who get to know you and your pets can recommend the best treatments for your pet’s health and lifestyle.  Many offices offer multi-pet and referral discounts to their clients as well, so it can benefit you to become a loyal client.
→Invest in your pet’s health all year round by keeping their living space free from toxins and dangers, feeding a good quality food, grooming routinely and using flea, tick and heartworm prevention medications.  Keeping them healthy reduces the amount of medical care they will need.
→Feed a good quality food, limit the amount of treats and avoid giving table scraps.  Nutrition plays a key role in health maintenance.  Promoting your pet’s overall health reduces the probability of disease and illness.  
→Check out the many types of pet insurance available.  Each one offers different types of coverage and premiums.
→Apply for Care Credit.  This is a special credit card for medical expenses and is accepted at many veterinary offices.  It offers several no-interest monthly payment plans dependent upon the purchase amount.  You can apply at CareCredit.

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