Everyone loves a discount or a reduction in price – especially when it comes to veterinary care for their pets.
However, when you are talking living, loving, breathing animals you want to make sure your discount isn’t coming at the risk of a “hidden cost” to your pet.
These “hidden costs” are expenses or health issues that will arise at a later date and end up costing far more to treat than they would have had they been diagnosed and treated or addressed sooner
This is a common problem in veterinary clinics and hospitals that offer less costly care on virtually all of their services compared to other clinics in the area. The main reason for this is usually the quality and qualifications of their Staff members and their training, as well as the medical equipment available to them to do their jobs properly. In order to keep fees low, these clinics need to rely on lower paid, less trained staff and do not normally have the latest equipment and training available to make sure that your pet is getting the care it deserves.
Common examples of health issues that often get overlooked are lumps and growths, eye and ear problems, and heart, liver and kidney problems. Quite frequently symptoms are missed during physical exams, or not picked up on by inexperienced staff or for the lack of proper equipment (or the failure on the part of the veterinary staff to explain to a pet owner why they need to investigate an issue further and it gets left until a major crisis arises).
Many times, it can be the pet owners themselves that downplay any issues by saying they haven’t noticed anything unusual (even though Fluffy keeps scratching at her ears constantly, or Bruno starts having breathing problems every time he plays hard) Often they are afraid to bring these issues up with their veterinarian because they only want to pay for the vaccine appointment and get going, feeling “lucky” that it didn’t cost any more than they planned on. Not only are they compromising the health and comfort of their pets lives – they are setting themselves up for larger expenses in the future (when blood and pus starts coming out of the tumour in “Fluffys'” ear, or “Bruno” comes in lethargic, vomiting, and not eating because his liver is failing.) Then one wonders “what did I really save anyways?
As you can see, inexpensive is what you are looking for – not cheap. Inexpensive means you are paying a reasonable price for your pets’ care. Your pet has access to trained, caring staff that have the knowledge and equipment available to help. Cheap care just means you are paying less – and getting less. Lack of skills and training, lack of necessary equipment, and an overall lack of good care. This is certainly not what you want for your pet.