6 Ways to Save on Vet Bills

ways to save on vet bills According to an AP-Petside.com poll, pet owners spend more than $500 a year in vet costs. Depending upon the age and health of your pet, some of you might pay much more than that. But even though that expert assistance is well worth it, it is possible to save a few bucks (or a lot of bucks!) when it comes to health care for your pooch or kitty.

1. Shop Around for Pet Insurance – Pet insurance can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 a month, but it can be a lifesaver for your pocketbook when it comes to expensive operations and procedures. Since pet insurance doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions, the best time to insure your pet is when they’re younger.

2. Score Discounts with Pet Assure – If insurance is outside your price range, you might consider a more affordable option like Pet Assure. The plan offers up to 25 percent off all medical services and 50 percent off pet products from participating vets. And at just $99 a year for dogs, $79 for cats and $149 for a four-pet family plan, it can pay for itself with just a few visits.

Related: 6 Tips for Saving Big on Pet Expenses

3. Get a Written Estimate – Imagine being told your car repairs will cost $300 and then being charged $700. The same can happen with vet bills. A written estimate can help you avoid “surprise” costs and make sure both you and the vet are on the same page when it comes to your pet’s care.

4. Get Regular Check Ups – Can you save money by going to the vet more often? You bet! Regular check ups for your pet are like yearly tune-ups for your car – they’ll help diagnose smaller problems before they become expensive bigger problems.

5. Visit During Regular Hours – Emergency visits, either after hours or during working hours but without an appointment, can be costly. If your pet is truly sick or injured, definitely take him to see the vet immediately, but if he’s merely under the weather and can wait 24 hours or so, go ahead and make an appointment.

Related: 6 Ways to Save on Cat Expenses and 7 Ways to Save on Dog Expenses

6. Take Advantage of Discounts – There are all sorts of vet care discounts available to pet owners. Those cost-cutters include senior and veteran discounts, but can also be used to save money if you’re a multi-pet owner or the owner of a stray or rescued animal. Not all vets offer discounts, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to ask!

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  1. Kelly Ackelbein says

    The best time to insure your pet is the day you bring him home. It will save a lot of money and heartache.an emergency vet can cost $400- to a $1000 thousand dollars just to walk in the door and stabilize your pet. Some breeds are more prone to illness.i personally have a mixbreed that at 9 months old had already cost me close to $4000 in vet bills.I would never hesitate to take him to the vet. Some policies offer preventive care and maintenance care discounts. A year of pet insurance can be one trip to the vet for an illness or accident.

  2. Kim Geelan says

    I have had pet insurance for several years for my dogs. One of my dogs was diagnosed with Addison’s disease in March. My vet costs between my vet and an overnight stay at an emergency clinic to continue fluids were $1940.00. My pet ins reimbursed me $1315.00 after the remaining deductible was met. I have Embrace Pet Insurance which covers wellness and accident/illness. I have received 80-100% reimbursement on preventives and wellness. Pet insurance is the best investment I have made toward the health of my pets.

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