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Ever heard of a wellness plan? If you’re like
owners, you probably think of it as the sum total of all the
simple things your
veterinarian recommends for preventive care. Others among you may
associate the term with pet health insurance. Both perceptions are kind of accurate — but
neither camp is wholly correct.
Have I piqued your curiosity? Good. Because
before I can
offer you the answer, you’ll have to read a bit of background on
and the many ways you might find yourself paying for your pet’s
We veterinarians are always trying to come up
ways to make sure your pets get all the preventive care they
need. Here are a
few examples of the standard recommendations you’re probably
It all sounds great. Who wouldn’t want to do
their veterinarian recommends to help keep their pets happy and
all, keeping up with tried and true means of preventing problems
identifying them early on) is considered the most humane and
to manage any veterinary patient’s health care.
But we also know that kind of care doesn’t come
it beats having to pay for conditions that could have been
prevented. Or worse — losing a pet to a highly treatable disease. None of us should
have to suffer
the agony of knowing we failed our pets by falling down on their
Scenarios like those explain why, as a
are increasingly looking for ways to make preventive veterinary
affordable. Because, as we all can attest, cash has a way of
getting kind of scarce.
With that in mind, here are a handful of the most
methods available for paying for your pet’s preventive
health care, and more:
1. Budgeting. Worried about what preventive care will
cost you? Get an individualized list of what your veterinarian
recommends for each of your pets each
year. Budget accordingly.
2. Pet health insurance. The trouble with budgeting is that
and illnesses aren’t anticipated. That’s what pet health insurance is
However, most companies will also offer plans including coverage
issues, too. Personally, I’m a fan of budgeting for wellness
and using pet
insurance for the big stuff, but if sticking to your budget isn’t
manageable, consider one monthly payment — to your pet health insurance company — for all your pet’s health needs.
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