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Cheaper vet care for your pets

Pet lovers agree that pets are like children – we love them, nurture them, play with them, take them on trips and, of course, want them to be healthy.  Preventative pet care is a must in order to ensure healthy, long lives in our furry-legged friends. When they do get sick, we take them to the vet as soon as possible to get them better – even if it costs us thousands (and sometimes, it does). We love our pets, but they sure can get expensive when all is said and done. Let’s take a look at some ways to save money on pet care: 
Be proactive If you wait until your pet is sick to take them in, it could wind up costing you a fortune. Instead, take your pet to the vet on a regular basis. This ensures they’re healthy and helps prevent them from getting sick in the future. Things like teeth cleanings, shots, vaccines, getting your pet spayed or neutered are all things that must be done regularly. All of these are relatively inexpensive and could save you thousands down the road. 
Quit smoking Did you know that secondhand smoke is awful for your pets? It can cause asthma, bronchitis and even cancer. Quitting smoking not only will save you money on your pet, you’ll also save money by not purchasing cigarettes. If quitting isn’t in your near future, choose to smoke outside away from your pet – every time. 
Go on a wellness plan Most vet clinics offer yearly wellness plans to ensure the health of your pet and prevent you from spending a fortune if something does happen. While most people only purchase the plan when their pet is young to cover shots, it’s never a bad thing to keep the plan going. Look over all the plans and decide what’s best for you and your pet. 
Get pet health insurance Just like for humans, pet health insurance protects your pet (and your wallet) if something serious were to happen. Like wellness plans, make sure to do your research and choose a plan that fits you and your pet. With dozens of types of insurance plans out there, you want to be getting the most coverage for your money. 
Set aside a pet emergency fund Worst case scenario, if something were to happen to your pet unexpectedly, it’s best to be prepared. Set aside some money in a separate account strictly for your pet. If something does happen, you won’t need to stress about how you’re going to pay for it since you have money set aside. Being prepared is never a bad thing and can save you a hassle and a headache down the road. 
Use coupons You can save money on your pet food, shots, treats and toys with coupons. Most pet stores will offer coupons and discounts every now and then, and make sure to check the internet for coupons, as well. Keep an eye out for when your pets’ food goes on sale and buy in bulk. Saving money in little ways can really add up. At the end of the day, your pet is worth it.
About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer covering topics on physician recruiting, personal finance and nutrition. She lives in Glendale, AZ with her family.


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