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Six Ways To Lessen Pet Care And Vet Expenses

Aug 30, 2008
Keeping pets in the house could do serious damage to your savings account. A pet entails almost as much responsibilities as taking care of a small child. You need to feed them, groom them, and take them out for walks and regular check ups to the vet. Most people endure huge pet care expenses because these furry friends are lovely additions to any household.

With today's economy, though, it's wise to keep your pet care expenses in tow. This article gives you six ways to do just that.

Avail of pet wellness insurance plans

A lot of introspection goes into shopping for the right pet wellness insurance plan. Some people spend almost half of their income on pet care products alone. A newly born pup needs a whole batch of vaccines and treatment just to grow up well. It's best to make a close comparison of all pet insurance plans available in the market before making a purchase. Choose what pet insurance plan suits your pet and your budget the best.

Consider taking a CareCredit card

A CareCredit card basically works the same way as your regular credit card. However, this plastic money caters mostly to your pet's vet expenses. You should ask your vet if he accepts this card for transactions. This is very useful when you don't have enough cash at hand.

Take advantage of your vet clinic's special offers

You should keep an ear out for promos which your animal clinic may offer. Every vet knows how expensive it is to keep your pets in tip top shape. Some clinics can get cheaper bulk offers on pet food, shampoos and vitamins. These clinics could then occasionally offer these goods to their clients for less.

Buy your pet supplies in bulk and split it with a friend

Pet supplies are generally cheaper when purchased in large volumes. You could probably cut down on your pet supplies expenses by buying certain products like pet food by the bulk. Look for friends or fellow pet owners in the neighborhood who might be willing to split the products and expenses with you. This means huge savings on pet care products for both happy pet owners.

Trade your services for vet check ups

Money doesn't have to be the only bartering card in these deals. There's a possibility that your veterinary is also involved in another businesses, like sales, or maintaining a website. If you find yourself capable of offering your skills in exchange for your pet's checkups and treatments, do so. Your vet could give you special discounts if you can tutor his son in school, or give him and the missus a good travel deal to a tropical island in the summer.

Be preventive

If your pet is injured or showing subtle signs of being sick, don't hesitate to go to the vet as soon as possible. Most pet owners shoulder larger hospital bills by holding off the vet visit. Bring your pet to the vet before the injury or illness gets any worse.
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