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 … 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 tips that save you money. 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."
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 … 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 … Read More »
PPA is a medication which many dogs take for urinary incontinence. It tends to work well but it can be a little pricey.I have a lot of dogs in my practice on an alternative medicine called Stilbestrol. Stilbestrol can be a little controversial. … 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 … Read More »
The vast majority of animals in my practice are in need of a dental cleaning under an anesthetic. This can definitely be pricey! Depending on whether the animal requires preanesthetic bloodwork, whether extractions are necessary and other variables … Read More »
While these organizations do not directly help you save on your vet bills they can sometimes help you to finance a large vet bill. Many of my clients have a Medicard account that they use whenever they have an unexpected bill. They pay their bill … Read More »
In many practices they will have specials at certain times of the year on certain services. For many vet clinics, February is dental month. If your pet needs a dental cleaning under an anesthetic and your vet feels it can be postponed until dental … Read More »
OK. I have to admit that I am biased here. I run an online veterinary advice website called: http://www.AskAVetQuestion.com.There are many times where an online discussion with me has saved people paying money for an office visit fee with their … Read More »
Is your dog likely to be going to a boarding kennel this year? Most good kennels require that he or she has a bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine. My advice is to be pro-active and get the vaccine done with your dog's annual shots and not to wait to … Read More »
Depending on where you live in the world, a heartworm test may not be necessary every year. Why do we do a heartworm test? This test determines if there are adult heartworms present in your dog. Heartworms are spread to a dog via mosquitos, so if you … Read More »
An ACTH stim test is a test for a condition called Addisonʼs disease (otherwise known as hypoadrenocroticism). Addison’s occurs when a dog’s adrenal glands are not functioning properly. It can sometimes be hard to pick up by looking at a dog’s … Read More »
In some cases you can save a lot of money by having surgery performed under a local anesthetic. Some lumps can be removed with a local. Also, skin biopsies can usually be done with a local.A local anesthetic is a lot less expensive than a general … Read More »
In every practice that I have worked there is a small number of clients who are just absolutely amazing. These are the clients who bake us cookies, send us a Christmas card, or just send us a card of encouragement when they see we have had a hard … Read More »
This is going to sound contradictory, but the best way to avoid an expensive dental cleaning is to have your petʼs teeth cleaned regularly. In our practice we give a 30% discount on dental cleanings if you have them done every 18 months.Keeping … Read More »
Many vetʼs offices will have a seniorʼs discount.Sometimes this discount is not advertised. In our office we will happily give a 10% discount to seniors but only if it is asked for. Many of the seniors in our practice are quite well off and are … Read More »
Is your dog on an anti-inflammatory medication such as Metacam, Rimadyl or Deramaxx? If so, you could ask your vet if they could switch your dog to another brand called Previcox.In my experience, Previcox is about 2/3 the price of the others and … Read More »