The amount that we all spend at the local vet is on the rise worldwide. What does it mean? It means that we love our pets and want the very best treatment from them. Ranging from the run of the mill vaccinations to life saving surgeries. As you can imagine, there is a big variation in price tags too.

Caring for your pet is never a question. But sometimes when unexpected costs arise, it is hard to know where the funds are going to come from. Take these preventative measures to remove those unwanted surprises.

Regular Check-Ups

When you bring a pet into your home you know you are accepting the responsibility of regular vet bills for vaccinations and the like. It’s the major unexpected bills that you want to avoid.

Did you know that avoiding those bills is possible? Some issues and conditions can be avoided with preventative care. That means keeping up with those wellness checks on a regular basis. Make sure they are completely up to date on all of their vaccinations, as well as worm and flea treatments. It is also recommended to spay or neuter your pet to avoid unexpected arrivals and health complications.

The frequency of the wellness checks will depend on the age and breed of your pet. Check with your vet how regularly you should bring them in.

At Home Maintenance

There are lots of things you can do at home in between your vet appointments to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Appropriate Food: Do some research on the best diet for your pet and make sure that you stick to it. Each individual pet will have their own needs and preferences. Just because you think it is the best brand for them, does not mean that they will enjoy it. Also be mindful of allergies and intolerances that your pet might have and feed them accordingly.

Brush and Brush Again: While brushing their fur is important (if they have it), brushing their teeth is even more important. Dental bills can be extremely costly, so regular brushing will help prevent issues with their teeth. If they do develop teeth problems it can affect more than their breath. It may also affect their ability to eat properly. So look after those teeth!

Be Aware: You will know your pet better than anyone else, so keep a close eye on them if they start to act out of character. If you have concerns then get them to the vet earlier rather than later.

It’s A Stink Job… But Someone Has To Do It: Not the most pleasant of tasks, but checking your pet’s waste for signs of parasites can save you hundreds on costly procedures. Also, don’t forget to invest in anti-parasitic medications in the recommended time frames.

Insurance

You might also want to consider taking out pet insurance. Pet insurance is designed to allow pets to get the vet care that they need. It will cover part or all of the bill for injury, accident or illness in your pet. Paying a monthly premium will prevent you from having to come up with hundreds or even thousands of dollars if your pet needs emergency care.

Make sure you do your research if you want to take out pet insurance. Not all policies are created equally and they will each cover different aspects. Check if the cover is right for your particular pet before signing on the dotted line.

As you can see, there are a few simple things that you can do to protect your pet with preventative care. After all, who wants to see Fluffy or Fido sick or in pain!