Health hacks to save you money on your pet
The slow-motion walk from the procedure room to the desk at the vets, the horror as the receptionist reveals how much hard-earned money you’ll have to part with this time, the wince as you push your card into the machine and avoid looking at the total on the little screen… we’ve all been there. Sometimes vet bills are unavoidable, but our Health Hacks may just save you and your pet one or two trips to the V-E-T.
We all know how quickly vet bills can add up. Routine checks are one thing, but an accident or illness can quickly set your savings back. Check out our hacks below to help keep on top of your pet’s health and save you money.
Vets and pet insurance
Don’t skip your pet’s annual checkup. It may seem counterintuitive to spend money on a checkup, but if it catches something early it could save hundreds or thousands of pounds. Remember, most pets don’t show obvious signs of pain until they’re in agony so your vet may pick up on something you haven’t yet noticed.
Check if your vet provides a healthcare plan as this will often provide parasite prevention, checkups and vaccinations for a competitive price.
Try phoning your vet first. Many will offer advice over the phone so you can treat your pet at home. Some insurance companies offer free access to a veterinary helpline either online or by phone.
Don’t skimp on pet insurance. Unless you have access to a healthy savings account or an interest-free credit card, pet insurance can offer peace of mind should your pet have an accident or become sick.
First aid and parasite prevention
Take a canine first aid course. Many things can be treated at home such as an upset stomach or mild allergic reaction. Learn from a professional how to care for minor conditions so you don’t have to rush to the vet every time. If you have any concerns or are unsure you should always consult with your vet.
Preventing parasites can be cheaper than treating them, and routine worming and flea treatment don’t have to cost the Earth. When choosing a parasite treatment, check the active ingredients. Many brands will use the same active ingredients but vary significantly in price. Speak to one of our qualified Registered Animal Medicines Advisors in store for more advice on parasite prevention and treatment.
Food and diet
Feed a higher quality pet food. Many minor ailments such as itchy skin, digestion problems, tear stains, ear infections, runny poo, and more are caused by a poor diet. Imagine eating Mcdonald's every day; you may look relatively healthy on the outside, but your insides would probably tell quite a different story. Check out our article on how to feed a better diet for less money here.
Speaking of food, make sure you measure out your pet’s portions so you don’t overfeed them. Not only does being overweight have a significant impact on your pet’s health and put them at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, but you’ll also save money by making their food last longer. You can find our other tips for saving money on food here.
Clean their teeth. We’re not joking! Doggy dentals come with a hefty price tag and can be avoided with good dental hygiene. Brushing your dog’s teeth is the most effective method to combat plaque, but you can also try chews or water additives.
Keep your dog well groomed. Brush them to keep them matt free, clip their nails and keep their fur short on their paws, keep their eyes clean, and regularly check their ears. These can all help avoid painful bills from infections, things lodged in their paws like grass seeds, and higher grooming bills. If you’re feeling adventurous you might even try grooming them yourself!
Safety and exercise
Keep anything toxic away from your pet, and if this isn’t possible keep your pet away from anything toxic. Use crates, closed doors or baby gates to keep them away from danger.
Exercise your dog regularly. Physical activity can lower their risk of heart disease and help them maintain a healthy weight.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s health you should always consult with a qualified professional such as your vet.