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Affordable Vet Care: Veterinary Secrets Informed Pet Lovers Use to Save Thousands of Dollars

Affordable Vet Care: Veterinary Secrets Informed Pet Lovers Use to Save Thousands of Dollars

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Affordable Vet Care: Veterinary Secrets Informed Pet Lovers Use to Save Thousands of Dollars

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116 página
1 hora
Lançado em:
Jul 20, 2014
ISBN:
9781311936974
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Livro

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This must read, educational book lays bare the inside secrets of the veterinary industry. Covers how fees and prices are set, and how they can be made "adjustable" either for or against the pet owner. Outlines how veterinary clinics that operate on staff quotas, profit sharing and how all clinics operating with less patients each year, can squeeze in extra fees and costs to meet monthly revenue targets. Compiled for pet owners by people in the veterinary industry who have played a part in the reduction of the common house pet, this one of a kind book reveals how the new era of veterinary care is struggling for revenue as pet owners learn more about prevention thus reducing the needs for veterinary visits. In this comprehensive but easy to read book, pet owners will also learn about choosing a veterinary clinic, what services are "no-charge" at most clinics, common fees that can get added to their bill, invoicing errors, how less can be more, how to resolve billing errors and improper care, and why cheaper care can either be a blessing, or a nightmare for them and their pet. Includes a bonus chapter on common medical terms, medical conditions and treatments along with their definitions.

Lançado em:
Jul 20, 2014
ISBN:
9781311936974
Formato:
Livro

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CHAPTER ONE

Basic Ways to Save Money on Your Pet Care

Nail trims:

Usually cost $5.00 to $12.00 at a groomer, while you could spend $18.00 to $30.00 for a visit to the veterinarian for this service. If done every three months, each year you will spend $20.00 to $48.00 at a groomer, or between $70.00 to $140.00 at a veterinary clinic.

Alternately, a good set of nail clippers will only cost your $12.00 to $18.00 and a veterinary clinic staff will show you for free how to do your pet’s nails. This represents a savings of$1000over the lifetime of your average aged pet – and your pet will have healthy, comfortable feet year round.

Food:

Purchase good quality food and split the larger bag with a relative, neighbour or friend. Purchasing pet food in larger bags is one of the easiest ways of saving on something your pet naturally needs every day. If you price out a two kilogram bag of food and a four kilogram bag of the same food you will find the four kilogram bag does not cost as much as buying two individual 2- kilogram bags. The same goes for any size of pet food at pet stores, grocery stores, big box retailers, and veterinary clinics. So if you get a larger bag and it is more than your pet will eat while it is fresh (most food is guaranteed for 60-90 days after opening) split the bag with someone who has a pet that eats the same food – or can eat the same food. This is a great way to save money for both of you and to ensure both of your pets are eating a good quality food.

Good quality food saves money on long term health issues as well. Many chronic skin and ear infections are diet related, dental problems and kidney and liver issues also arise from living off food with added colors, chemical preservatives and poor nutritional content.

Brush your pets Teeth:

Brushing your pets’ teeth when they are young is the best way to get them to enjoy having it done. Many adult dogs will let you brush their teeth, especially with the tasty pet toothpaste flavours available on the market. Plaque builds up daily, and needs to be removed somehow. Giving real bones to some dogs is not an option since they chew too hard and actually fracture a tooth, or they end up swallowing sharp pieces they have broken off. Many dogs end up stomach issues or with pancreatitis after eating the meat off of a real, smoked that the owners bought while out shopping. Dental sticks and bones are not always a good idea for many pets as some of them (especially ones made overseas) can contain harmful preservatives, colorings and other ingredients. Brushing your dogs’ teeth is not difficult and takes very little time. And can save youhundredsof dollars in dentistry costs. Make sure you purchase proper pet friendly toothpaste that contains digestible enzymes and ingredients. Your dogcannotdigest human toothpaste. It contains ingredients that are harmful to your pet if swallowed (this is also why the label states tonot allow children to swallowthe product). Plaque continues to build up under the gum line causing gingivitis and eventually periodontitis. Once the gums are inflamed, this harmful bacteria can eventually find its’ way into the bloodstream, leaving your pet constantly fighting a low grade infection. Brushing even twice a week will do wonders for their teeth, gums, breath and your pocket-book.

Brush your pets Fur coat:

Many skin irritations and problems begin beneath un-brushed, matted fur. Matted fur on cats tightens at the skin and pulls it, causing great discomfort and the untreated mat continues to grow. Hot spots can easily develop on your dog as moisture gets trapped in fur that is unable to properly breathe. Not only is it nice to have less fur in your home, it allows your pet to maintain better temperature regulation and will help prevent skin issues and costly vet visits for infections. By keeping your pet brushed, you will also prevent unintended injury to your pet by not having to try cutting the mats out yourself. This nasty injury presents itself frequently at vet hospitals when owners have tried to get close to the bottom of the mat with scissors to cut it off. If needed, get a professional groomer or vet staff to get your pet groomed properly then maintain it with faithful brushing.

Keep your pets Nails trimmed:

One common injury seen by veterinarians is broken-off toenails on dogs, it is usually a weekly occurrence at many clinics during the winter months. Long nails snag ice, deck boards, and items hidden under the snow. Many times this causes the nail to snap. Unfortunately it isn’t just the end that breaks but the nail splits upwards usually requiring the nail surface to be removed and bandaged. One issue with cat nails getting too long is getting them caught and stuck on the carpet, or window screen, or some piece of furniture. Then dislocating a digit, or breaking one of the fine toe bones trying to get the claw un-stuck. Another common issue is having one or more of the nails grow completely around up under the toe into a foot pad, or a dew-claw curling around and growing into the side of the foot. Again, more discomfort for your pet, and a pricey vet visit to have the area frozen, the infected nail removed and bandaging.

Keep your pets Ears cleaned out:

For some pets (and especially certain dog breeds) ear problems can seem to be an on-going problem. Moisture builds up in the ear, which provides an optimal environment for bacteria to thrive in. Dogs that swim are especially prone to ear issues due to the contaminated water they get in their ears at the lake or a pond somewhere. Having a bottle of inexpensive ear drying solution on hand is a must. These products remove the water from the ears allowing the ear to maintain a more acidic environment that bacteria find difficult to reproduce in. You should also have some Burrows solution (available without a prescription from your veterinarian) on hand to maintain a balanced ear environment year round. Use a gentle ear cleaning solution regularly on dogs that have long, floppy ears (especially Retrievers, Labs, Beagles, Spaniels, etc.) to keep problems at bay. Some small breed dogs like Bichons, Pekinese, Lhasa Apsos, Maltese, and similar usually need to have excess hair plucked from their ears on occasion. This very fine hair gets matted up like a soft brillo pad, trapping moisture and wax into a sticky clump, prime for bacteria to flourish in.

Pet Proof your Home:

This is one of the most important things you can do to save yourself anunplannedandunnecessaryvet visit. Every week animals are brought in suffering from some form of issue related to eating something they shouldn’t have. Dogs (especially puppies) areroutinelybrought in for ingesting mouse and rat poison, chocolate (usually wrappers and all), elastic bands, human prescription medications, hazardous plants, feminine napkins, items found in the garbage, rotten food, Christmas ornaments, Halloween candies, bones (especially chicken & pork bones), toys, items they dug up in the garden (bulbs, nails, bolts, broken dishware, etc.), various cleaners and room fresheners, aluminum foil from the BBQ (many times with bones, corn cobs and other leftovers in it) as well as pieces of shoes and carpets. The list goes on. Check your home like you would if you had a toddler that just learned to crawl around. Both puppies and adult dogs smell and discover new things every day. One day the temptation will get the better of them, and then, into the mouth it goes. Cats are notorious for chewing threads (which can get caught in their teeth) rubber hair bands, pills, licking

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