7 ways to save money at the vet

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners will spend $12.2 billion on veterinary care this year. Here are seven ways to cut your bills without missing out on your furry friend.

Schedule annual exams.
“One year in a pet’s life is equivalent to seven in a human’s life, so a lot can change quickly,” says veterinarian Karen Felsted of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues. The problem is that most pet owners don’t think annual checkups are necessary — a survey found that 63 percent of dog owners and 68 percent of cat owners question the need for regular veterinary care. However, annual checkups can help catch problems before they escalate, or prevent common problems (like heartworm or dental disease) altogether, allowing you to avoid costly fixes later.


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