Ways to save money on all aspects of your pet's healthcare

Pets: Saving on Healthcare

5 Ways to Reduce Vet Bills

Kacey Smith

Can pet owners responsibly attend to the medical needs of their furry friends without breaking the bank? Here are some tips and advice to keep your pets healthy and your finances solvent at the same time.

6 Surprising Facts About Pet Insurance


Pet insurance covers older animals? And potbellied pigs? Yes, and that's not all. If you're shopping around for a pet policy, you'd better know a few general things about pet insurance that may not be obvious.

Slideshow: Reducing Vet Bills

Pam Hutzler

According to the Humane Society, approximately 62% of all households in the US have pets. So, it's fair to say that we love our pets! But, along with the love and companionship they offer may come outrageous vet bills that can drive you into debt. If you're one of these pet-loving families, consider these easy ways to reduce vet bills.

15 Ways to Make Veterinary Bills More Affordable

Gary Foreman

Given the tough economy of the last five years, many of those families are struggling with bills, including veterinary bills for their pets. If you're one of those families, consider these 15 ways to make your vet's bill more affordable.

3 Ways to Lower Vet Bills

Dr. Rod Block

Pet owners' vet bills are growing, which may explain why fewer are taking their dogs and cats to the animal doctor although more Americans than ever have pets. It's important to always get appropriate care when your animal needs it, but you can easily prevent problems, or catch them early, by simply staying in tune with your pet's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Try these tips to excellent pet care and distress signals to watch for.

10 Ways to Reduce Vet Bills

Shaunna Privratsky

Your pets are a part of the family. You want them to be happy and healthy. Yet paying too much at the vet can hurt your pet in the long run. You may put off an office visit, hoping that the problem will clear up on its own. Or you may skip "minor" steps that can add up to really big bucks later. Here are some sure-fire tips to keep your pets healthy and your money where it belongs.

Pet Healthcare for Less

Linda Shapero

Wouldn't it be great if we could somehow lower our pets' medical costs? As much as we love them, it's sometimes quite a stretch to have to pay a large bill that comes as a complete surprise.

Low Cost Pet Meds

TDS Reader Contributors

"I live on $464 a month and can't afford the price of a vet. My boxer has eye trouble. I took her to the vet twice. He sold me medicine, but her eyes are the same. I can't afford to take her again. I love her so. She is 8 and in fair condition. In South Texas, it will be 80 degrees today. She needs heart worm medicine and I can't afford it. Does anyone have any advice? I am disabled and don't mind going without for her."

Inexpensive Flea Treatments

TDS Reader Contributors

"I just took my dog in for a spring check up. I nearly fainted when I got the bill for her medicine. Does anyone know of any natural methods to keep fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks from my dog or is medicine the only answer?"

Outrageous Vet Bills

TDS Reader Contributors

"I just got hit with vet bills for both my two cats this past month totaling close to $500! One had a urinary tract infection and the other, an older cat, an infected mouth. I have heard of using local vet schools, but are they a saving and does an actual vet work on the animal or do the students?"

Dealing With a Pet Doctor

Ruth Dawn Lewallen

Taking your pet to the vet can be a traumatic event for you, your pet, and your bank balance. Does he really need to go, have I waited too long, will it hurt, and how much is this going to cost me, are all questions that we face when a pet is ailing. There's no one answer for these questions, but here are some hints that will help.

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