Welcome back to “Replay Thursday” where we “replay” an oldie – but goodie – savings tip…just to make sure you don't miss anything great!

With the weather warming up, that typically means it's time to get ACTIVE. And not just for humans, either! My husband is gearing up to take our yellow lab hiking, biking, swimming, and camping.

We must take good care of our pets to keep them healthy, strong, and to keep their medical costs to an absolute minimum. Here is a post with some easy ways that I, personally, keep my dog's costs down!

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My dog Ollie!

If you have a pet, you know how expensive they can be…especially when it comes to any type of surgery or veterinary services! Here are a few tips to cut down on those hefty pet medical bills:

  • Get your animal spayed or neutered! It may seem expensive up front, but think of how much more it costs for your pet to have a litter!
  • Get your pet spayed or neutered at a Humane Society, shelter, or other low-cost program (here's one to check out). To get my dog Neutered at a vet would have cost me around $80-$100. At the Humane Society? Only $48! I actually found that I got better care at the H.S than I did at the vet that I had at the time (I love my vet now, just for the record). It's typically volunteer vets at programs like these, so they are completely competent and qualified, and they are there simply out of love of animals. I have had nothing but great experiences there!
  • Keep your pet's vaccines up to date. Yes, vaccines cost money…but a sick animal costs much, much more. Trust me!
  • Vaccinate your pet at a Humane Society, shelter, or other low-cost program. Once again, great vets are there, and the cost is much lower.
  • Price shop. You should never be embarrassed to ask the pricing of things at the vet. On the phone, before you even schedule an appointment, ask “How much will these services cost?”. Call around to multiple vets. You get the same care typically, but some places simply charge more.
  • Ask for discounts! Say, “Is there anything you can do for me about that price?” “Is there any form of discount I can get? Maybe for paying in cash or paying in full at the time of appointment?” You just never know! I found a vet online that offers 20% off on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You just never know, so never be afraid to ASK!
  • If you find a vet you like, ask if they have a referral program. My vet does – you get discounts and perks by referring people. (By the way, I love my vet – Central Valley Vet Hospital {they aren't a hospital any more actually}. Tell them Jordan Page referred you 🙂
    •  (801) 839-1878 55 Miller Ave South Salt LakeUT 84115. 
  • Price- shop when filling your pets medications as well. If your vet can fill it right in their office, ask how much they charge before you have it filled. Call a few other pharmacies and price shop to find the best deal. The difference in cost could be substantial.

Lastly, take good care of your pet so they stay healthy. Keep them vaccinated, give them lots of exercise and love, and they will stay healthy and happy!

Happy savings to you 🙂

P.S…click HERE for more great tips I found online!
P.S.S…there are also pet health insurance options. If your pet is likely to have health problems, this might not be a bad idea. Google “pet health insurance” for info, and DO YOUR RESEARCH before buying anything. Good luck!