An ounce of prevention can keep pet costs down - Dr. Marty Becker

An ounce of prevention can keep pet costs down

Tuesday, Aug 18th, 2015 | By Dr. Marty Becker


All pet owners know our beloved animals give us benefits that can’t be measured in money. What can be measured in money is what we spend caring for their health.

This can be especially tough if the economy swings downward or you personally face a fiscal crisis. No one wants to be in position where cost makes keeping a pet impossible. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take that will help keep your pet healthy and keep your veterinary bills low:

  • Take your pet to the vet for preventive care. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure! A yearly veterinary check (twice yearly for senior pets) can catch costly health problems before they become serious.
  • Keep your pet at a healthy weight. Measuring your pet’s food and helping them get regular exercise will prevent unhealthy — and expensive — weight gain.
  • Make sure your house is safe from poison. Some risks, like pesticides or medications, are obvious. Others are less obvious, but just as deadly. Products sweetened with xylitol, which can be in anything from gum to peanut butter, can cause catastrophic illness or death. Keeping those items away from your pet will help you save an emergency vet visit fee.

The best way to keep your pets healthy and keep your wallet full is to head off potential problems before they happen!