Thursday, December 10, 2009

DogAge tip: Vet bills

Mom and I are no stranger to vet bills. (Well, mom more than me- 'cause you know, I'm a dog and all...) but because I've got atopic allergies (allergic to everything) and a sensitive stomach (which requires fancy food) and chronic ear infections and super dry skin, we visit our vet a lot.

Mom got this email from DogAge (that awesome website we go to all the time) regarding vet bills during this "tough economic time"...(I don't know about you but I'm so tired of hearing that phrase!)

Anyway, here is the link to the tips, and here are the tips for you to look over.
  • Consider pet insurance. Although it requires making small but continual payments, having pet insurance could help soften the blow of bigger vet bills down the road.

  • Be honest with your vet. Let him or her know that you're having trouble making ends meet, and ask if he or she would be willing to work out a payment plan to help you get your bills paid off. See if there is a monthly amount you could pay that would work for both of you.

  • Talk to some other vets. Although it will probably cost you a consultation fee, it might be worth it to get a second opinion -- or even a third -- before committing to expensive services or procedures.

  • Visit a vet school. Many schools operate clinics that provide services at discounted rates, so check around to see if there is one anywhere near you.

  • Check with your local shelter. Their staff might be able to recommend subsidized vet clinics or other programs that can offer assistance. Also, check with the Humane Society of the United States for other available resources.
Depending upon what your pups needs are, I recommend The Missing Link. Its like a multi-vitamin, but in powder form that you put over your dogs meal...check it out!

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