Decrease Pet Expenses
- 1. Negotiate With Your Vet for Discounted Pet Care
Just like with all your other bills, negotiating with your vet is a good way to get discounts on check-ups for your pet. It never hurts to ask, especially if you develop a good relationship with your vet and staff.2. Utilize low-cost clinics. Many people don’t realize we have two low-cost clinics, Emancipet and Animal Trustees of Austin, which offer greatly discounted vaccines and spay/neuter services. Vets often charge outrageous fees for annual vaccines, so these clinics can save you big bucks.
3. Remember that they are animals. Every time I’m shopping and see the pet aisle, I’m tempted to buy cute toys and knickknacks. Then I take one home and the dog rips it up or the cat ignores it. My maternal instinct overcomes me and I forget they are not children. They are animals, and do not need massive toy collections.
4. Ask how much it costs. You pay an exam fee for every vet visit. You’re also charged for every test, X-ray and medicine, and you usually aren’t asked permission beforehand. I was shocked how high my first vet bill was — I didn’t know that several simple tests cost extra because the vet didn’t say anything. When your vet enters the exam room, say, “Before you do something, please tell me how much it will cost. I can only afford what’s absolutely necessary.”
5. Order medicines online. Vets charge a hefty price for heartworm and flea meds. Online pharmacies, such as 1-800-PETMEDS, offer the same products at significant discounts. They still need a prescription from your vet, which some vets refuse to give. In that case, you can use an international pharmacy online, such as VetShopOnline.com, which doesn’t require a prescription. They provide the same medicines we have, just in metric measurements.