11 Ways to Prevent Expensive Vet Bills
Keeping your pet healthy and preventing them from getting sick is the easiest way to keep your pet expenses low. While most people focus only one how to save money after the pet gets sick, I encourage you to focus on how to prevent your pet from getting sick and on ways to keep them healthy. Here are 11 preventative care steps for dogs and cats.
While some of these tips may sound like common sense, I encourage you to do them. There is a big difference in knowing what to do and actually doing it, so do it!
1. Always keep your dog on a leash or in a locked in back yard. If you dog gets hit by a car it can cost you thousands of dollars to get your dog fixed.
2. If you have a cat keep them indoors at all times. Indoors is the safest place for a cat, especially if it is declawed. Outdoors cats can get into fights with other cats and get bitten. Cat bites are nasty and can form abscesses.
3. Beware of toxic plants in your yard like lilies or ivy. Many people are not aware of which common household plants are dangerous for their pets. I will make a list for an upcoming blog post, but if you have a pet you should know before bringing in a new plant.4. Have your dog or cat spayed
before their first heat. If you just wait until the dog has one heat the risk of malignant mammary tumors increases 8%. If you wait until just two heats to have your dog spayed that increases to 26%
5. Have your dog or cat neutered. Neutered animals are less likely to stray or get into fights.
6. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. With many vaccines only needing to be given once every three years, there is no reason why you can’t do this. Vaccines are the cheapest form of preventative medicine.
7. Keep your pet fit. Obesity is a growing problem among pets, just like it is in humans. We don’t know the full extent of how damaging being obese is, but you don’t want to find out. Give you and your pet the exercise you both need.
8. Schedule regular exams with your vet. Younger pets normally only need to go once a year, but older pets should go twice a year. Catching something earlier and fixing it is much cheaper than waiting for it to get out of hand.
9. Feed a well balanced diet. Most dog owners spend more money on dog treats than on nutritious dog food!
10. Brush your pet’s teeth. Most people don’t do this, but if you can spare one TV commercial break you can brush your pet’s teeth.
11. Do weekly health exams and grooming. Every Saturday check your pet over for any possible changes.
12. Pet proof your house and yard. Taking a few minutes to inspect your pet's living area for possible health hazards and removing them is time will spent.