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.
- Keep your dogs and even cats on heartworm preventive.
- 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:
Pet Food Ratings
Dog Food Analysis
Dog Food Chat