Everyday Money Saving Tips For Your Pet

Here is a list of things you can do to start saving money on your pet’s care right now!

  1. Looking to get your pet neutered or spayed? Check with your local Humane Society or Animal Shelter and see if they have discount coupons available for local veterinarian services
  2. Purchase food in larger bags; the larger the bag, the larger the savings. Split it with a family member, friend, neighbour, or co-worker.
  3. Purchase a set of nail clippers. Your veterinarian team will teach you how to use them and you will save a lot of money over the life of your pet(s). at an average of $20.00 per clip, four times per year is $1,000.00 in 12 years – or a good $14.00 pair of clippers
  4. Use a small amount of peanut butter or cheese spread for giving pills in instead of purchasing unhealthy treats, or pricey pill-holding treats.
  5. Get your glucosamine at the pharmacy or big box grocery stores for much less than the flavoured tablets and capsules designed for pets. Just make sure they contain MSM and Chondroitin, otherwise your pet’s body will not be able to assimilate the ingredients and they will just pass it in their urine with no benefit and a waste of money on your part.
  6. Make sure your veterinary file has you listed for any discounts you may be entitled to (such as a senior’s discount, military personnel, multi-pet househpld, St. John Service Dogs, etc.).
  7. Ask for any free trials of food that apply to your pet. Most veterinarians carry Medi-Cal, Royal Canin and Hills Prescription/Science Diet foods which usually offer a free trial bag to patients that need a new diet for such issues as dental problems, urinary crystals and stones, weight loss, constipation, gastric intestinal issues, etc.
  8. If you are currently unemployed due to a lay off at work or being downsized, or in a financial bind due to just having gotten divorced, or are on a maternity leave, stress leave, etc. let your veterinarian know. They will usually alter something on your bill to help out (especially for long-term, regular clients).
  9. Ask if your veterinary clinic is getting any new equipment in – they always need test animals for trying out new X-ray equipment, dentistry machines, ultrasound, etc.
  10. Ask about alternate medications that you can purchase at the drugstore. Many over the counter remedies can be safely used for pets and some prescriptions will be cheaper.
  11. If you are dropping your pet off for part of the day for a check over, or vaccines, ask to make sure there is no extra charge for leaving them there. You are actually doing the veterinarian a favour in most cases by allowing them to look at your pet when they are not very busy, so make sure they don’t charge a hospitalization or drop-off fee (unless your pet is ill and needs monitoring).
  12. CHECK YOUR BILL! Check your individualized invoice for possible errors. Errors can occur with food sales (the wrong food gets typed in or wrong species – five pounds of cat food is more expensive than five pounds of dog food!), make sure the correct number of boarding nights was stated (especially if you pick your pet up early), and check medications on your bill if your pet was hospitalized. Most times the medication prescribed to you will be the one they start giving to your pet while it is there – make sure you don’t get charged for extra medications. Make sure your final invoice matches any estimate you were given for surgery, a dentistry or other medical procedure or diagnostics.
  13. Check prices at other clinics. If someone else is offering reduced prices, your vet may do so as well. Checking prices and services also lets you know whether your vets prices are reasonable compared to the services offered and prices other vets charge elsewhere. You won’t mind spending a few dollars extra at a clinic that has better trained staff, a larger number of staff on site for surgeries and other treatments and a more comfortable atmosphere for your pet – especially if it is sick, or undergoing surgery.
  14. When in doubt – ask questions! Get an explanation as to the purpose of certain tests being run and what the veterinarian is looking for in them. Can any of them wait until the results of other diagnostics are in? Will certain types of treatments or medications work for more than one issue thus making it safe to go ahead and start treating with less expense?

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