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 »
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."
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 »
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. The drug insert for this medication tells us that the drug can cause a serious bone 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 the cost can be between $300 and $1500 and in some cases more. There are a number of things that can be 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 with the card and then make monthly payments to Medicard. In general, the interest rates 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 month you can often save 10% or more by booking the procedure during that month. Some 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 regular vet. We talked earlier about how your vet may be willing to consult with you over the phone 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 see if you will need it later. Often I will have clients Read More »