Unfortunately, many cats as they get older can have problems with constipation. This can be a very frustrating problem to deal with. In some cases, if the cat gets too constipated he or she can require a hospital stay with IV fluids. In some very severe cases a cat will need an anesthetic to have some stool manually dislodged. This Read More »
Dr. Marie - Pet Advice
Let's face it! Good vet care is expensive!
Dr. Marie has tips that help pet owners who are on a budget. There are tips that work for all pet owners, as well as tips specific to pets with certain medical problems. Whichever your case is, Dr. Marie has some advice for you. Read here facsimiles from her book, Save Money on Vet Bills - 75 tips that are guaranteed to save you money!
Some of the tips in this book are things that everyone can use. Some of them are specific to pets with certain types of medical problems. No matter what type of animal you have, there should be a good number of tips in this book that will save you money.
"While I never want to cut corners on medical care I usually try to do all I can to make the recommended treatment course as economical as possible."
We will often prescribe a medication called Famotidine when an animal has an upset stomach or symptoms of a stomach ulcer. Did you know that Famotidine is the same thing as Pepcid that you can buy over the counter? In most cases it is less expensive to buy this medication at the pharmacy. However, the drawback is that the Pepcid Read More »
This topic is a tough one. If an animal is really sick it is sometimes hard to know whether or not to proceed with treatment or to make the hard decision of euthanasia. As vets, we owe it to you to give you all of the options when it comes to care for your pet. However, I do feel that Read More »
Again, this is a tip that might not work for all people, but sometimes it may be worth a try. In some cases, a treatment that is administered to an animal can be performed by a veterinary technician instead of a veterinarian. It will usually cost significantly less to have a technician see your pet rather than a vet. Here Read More »
Xrays can definitely be expensive. The main reason why they cost so much is that the equipment required to take the xrays can cost tens of thousands of dollars. You are also paying for the expertise of the veterinarian who interprets the xrays. Here are some things that may help you reduce the amount of money you are paying for Read More »
This tip may not work for everyone, but again it is worth a try. Are you having bloodwork done on your pet? If it is not an urgent situation, you can ask your vet if there is any way you can save money by sending blood to an outside lab. Often vets will run bloodwork on their own in house Read More »
We commonly see upper respiratory viruses in cats which are very similar to when people get a cold. Often there is not a lot that we can do for the cats. Sometimes I will put them on an amino acid supplement called lysine which can help them fight the virus a little quicker. But, I usually don’t prescribe antibiotics or Read More »
I am finding that fleas are becoming more and more of a problem these days! And here is my theory why: Prescription flea products are expensive. So people are looking for alternatives. The pet stores sell products that look exactly the same as what the vet sells. They are applied the same way and the package promises results but the Read More »
I debated about whether or not to include tips on how to save on euthanasia at the risk of lacking tact. This is not a time where we want to be seeking discounts. However, euthanasia can be expensive. Here are some things that may help to defray the cost: Sometimes it will cost less for euthanasia if you do not Read More »
Is there a veterinary teaching school near you? It is worthwhile to phone and find out if they run a reduced fee service (i.e. for vaccines) for people who are willing to have students examine their dogs. In these cases, you will still get excellent care as the students are highly supervised by very qualified vets. You may find that Read More »