Owning a pet is an expensive business and multiple trips to the vet are one of the largest reasons for this. Animals are like smaller versions of ourselves with the same complex biology but even more sensitive. Of course we want to make sure our pets are happy and healthy as far as possible, and obviously most of us would give anything to avoid seeing them in pain.
But that doesn’t mean that we can necessarily afford to pay for visit upon visit to the vet, and there comes a point where keeping a pet healthy can start to seriously impact on our lifestyles and our finances. The good news is that there are numerous ways you can reduce the cost of owning a pet and specifically the trips to the vet if you are savvy. Here we will look at what some of those are.
Get Pet Insurance
This is the number one way to lessen the burden of vet bills. Pet insurance works just like health insurance for people – you pay a monthly premium and this then means that the company will pay out in order to help your animal when it’s needed.
Just like human insurance you will find that different insurance companies offer different rates and different policies and it’s important to ensure that you find the right one. Look for an insurance policy that will cover you against every likely scenario, but avoid paying extra unnecessarily. It’s also worth noting that you shouldn’t wait until your pet is older to take out insurance – not only will this make it more expensive, but you can never predict when your furry friend is going to come down sick or hurt their leg.
It’s also worth noting that you will still need to pay an excess toward the costs, and that most insurers will only pay out to a certain amount. Make sure you are happy with the terms and conditions, and that you still have some money put to one side ready for this eventuality.
Look After Your Pet
Of course the ideal way to save money on pet costs would be to avoid needing to take your pet to the vet (your animal prefers this solution too). There are numerous ways you can keep your pet healthier, but the general goal should be to ensure they are happy and that they get plenty of exercise, while also feeding them a good diet with plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals. Obviously some health conditions are unpredictable and unavoidable, but by strengthening their immune system you can improve their ability to fend off most assaults on their health.
Do It Yourself
While you should always get an expert opinion when your animal’s health is at stake, there are certain scenarios still where you can forego using a pro. For instance if you current pay for your rabbit’s nails to be clipped at the vet, then consider giving it a go yourself – a pair of nail clippers might just prove to be a great investment for you.