One of the hardest things about having a pet is the expense. Going to the vet can use up a huge chunk of your bank account. Taking your pet to the vet and keeping them well is a necessity. Having two animals myself that require extra care I can give you a couple tips on how to keep taking good care of your pets without dropping mass amounts of money a couple times a year.
Call around to your local vets and ask them about pricing. For example: How much are x-rays or tests. What one vet charges $130 for another will charge $60.
Every time you go in be sure to ask for a quote or estimate on everything they are going to do. I was once asked if they could keep my cat for a couple hours to get a urine sample and when I went to pick her up I ended up paying an $18 boarding fee and $40 for IV sedation on top of the amount I was already paying for testing, and the office visit. The vet never told me it would cost to keep her and never called to ask if they could sedate her.
Never feel like you have to do every test or exam the vet wants. I had a vet that wanted us to take our animals in once a year no matter what for a “wellness exam”. While this sounds nice and all its $40 each time, plus if I failed to go and took an animal in for something else, all of a sudden I would be getting a charge for a “wellness exam” that I never gave permission for. Be firm that your only paying for what you gave permission for.
Do not be afraid to question your vet or call another office for a second opinion. I do not know how many times I would’ve saved hundreds of dollars if I just would’ve gotten ALL the information I needed.
I hope some of you will find this information useful. I’m not going to lie I am a strong believer in “you get what you pay for”. However I am also a believer that you can only say that if you KNOW what you are paying for. So don’t be afraid to ask questions or demand answers. Your pets are important and you cannot take care of them for life if you run out of money to do so. Your cheapest expense is likely to be your purchase of pet id tags for your pets. Pet tags are an essential tool in helping your pets return home if they are ever lost. It is extremely important to make sure that the information on the pet tags is updated if you move or your phone number changes.