Pet Vet: Ways to save on pet healthcare

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

With rising fuel costs, healthcare premiums, and inflation, many people are looking to save money wherever possible. Despite a concern about expensive diets, medications and dental care, veterinary medicine is still a great value when compared to human health care.

There are three important areas that will help pet owners save in the long run. They include: preventive care, heartworm prevention and dental care.

Preventive wellness care, such as vaccinations, can help prevent costly diseases, such as canine parvovirus or feline distemper. Vaccinations provide a low cost method of preventing costly hospitalization and heartache due to infectious disease.

Heartworm prevention is another inexpensive method of keeping your pet safe and healthy. Heartworm treatments often exceed $500-800 and can be dangerous to the pet. Monthly preventive medications are rarely more than $20 per month. They are also easy to give as a chewable or topical drops.

And finally, routine dental care can help stop some types of heart disease, liver problems, and kidney issues. New technologies can dramatically slow the development of tartar and expensive gum disease that could otherwise lead to expensive oral surgery.

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