Non-routine veterinary care is almost always an unexpected expense and a financial burden. Though not all situations are preventable, there are a few simple things pet owners can do to minimize risk of finding oneself in the desperate situation of being unable to pay for emergency care.
Spay and neuter all animals. Many health problems are prevented by spay or neuter.
Keep cats indoors. Keep dogs on leash when not in a secure area. Use caution when leaving animals unattended, and only leave them unattended in a secure area.
Practice good routine care. Give necessary vaccinations, heartworm and flea prevention where needed, feed a good quality diet, and provide ample fresh water.
Contribute to a special savings account for veterinary care. Even $20 per month can add up to a significant amount.
Keep the number of animals you are responsible for within your means.
Research the benefits of purchasing a pet health insurance policy.
Feed your pets high-quality pet food, which can have a positive effect on their behavior, health and overall well-being. Read our article on selecting pet food. The following Web sites have information on pet food ingredients: Dog Food Analysis Dog Food Chat