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Old 01-01-2013, 10:54 PM
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I have pet insurance too from Pet First. The deal is $15 a month, with a $50 deductible but it only works with injuries or health issues so I cant use it for regular check ups. Its great and I have saved a ton since Maggie tends to have a lot of tummy issues and she got bit by another dog once. I also have CareCredit. I pay the initial bill with the Carecredit card, then I submit the insurance paper work and pay off the carecredit bill with the insurance money plus $50 for the deductible. The only things I have found that my Pet First plan does not cover are 1) the rabies booster maggie had to get when she got the dog bite since it them counted for 3 years and 2) dog probiotic powder to help build her stomach bacteria back up from her tummy issues at the beginning of the summer.

I am a college student so I have found this system of CareCredit and pet insurance to be very help with bills and worries. My biggest issue was about any emergency incidents. I was always nervous that some freak accident would happen and I wouldn't be able to pay the vet bills. Also I have found preventative things to be helpful (so far) things like teeth brushing and ear cleaning. Maggie's a hound dog and the vet always comments on her clean ears. Also keeping a good body weight is good for joint health, but I am sure most people know that.
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i suggest doing your homework when you choose a vet. i am extremely lucky with who i use for my guys! he has no problem with me getting meds cheaper and such, and he always breaks treatments down with costs vs effectiveness... he's even helped me to find cheaper ways of treating my guys, where appropriate. the other dr's in his office have similar attitudes toward it. this tells me, that he is more concerned with my pet's health than his pocketbook, and though he costs a bit more (slt is expensive) that it would be for me to drive into carson city (30 min or so) i feel i can trust him to help me make the best decisions for my pet's care, which ultimately saves money in the long run.

also, the office provides on-call vet care for emergencies, which means i don't have to rush my guys to the e-vet (that's in carson city too) to see a strange vet who doesn't know their history, and though they charge an emergency fee (it's an extra $50) i imagine it is much less expensive to go that route!



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Old 01-01-2013, 11:12 PM
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Do you have any suggestions on how to pick a good vet?

I absolutely hate my vet. The treat me like a customer and I feel like I need to fight them off, every two seconds they are trying to sell me things that I don't need. When I was bringing Maggie for her puppy visits I told the vet that I felt Maggie had some issues digesting fillers since she was always sick when she ate lower quality dog foods and treats. I asked for suggestions and he told me to go to the dog food isle in Walmart and pick out a bag of food, he suggested pedigree. I mean it may work for some dogs but I just told him Maggie has trouble with fillers.

Unfortunately they are to only vet in the area, they have three different offices that are close. I am moving soon and I will be changing vets but I don't know how to tell which vets are good before I have to go there.
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hmm... i don't want to stray too far from the topic at hand, but it does sort of apply...

i'd start by looking online for a list of all the vets in the new area, maybe even include some you'd have to drive to, then list some aspects you are looking for, important stuff for me,

do they have more than one DR in the office, and how do they work out who you/your dog sees?

do they provide on-call service at their office or refer you to an e-vet?

do they provide boarding?

can they see all of your pets? (do you have any "exotic" pets, like rabbits or reptiles?)

from there, i'd go with word of mouth (if you can) ask around anywhere you do business... and don't limit it to pet focused places... i work at a bank, and i tell anyone who is asking how much i love my vet. local shelters and trainers often promote vets they like dealing with too... so do pet/pet supply stores.

finally, it's sort of up to how your visit goes, how well my questions are answered, how my pets are treated... my dog is large and can be difficult to handle, my vet has always opted to allow me to restrain him for them, lots and lots of trust on their part, and it makes it much easier on clover.

can't think of anything else at the moment, but i hope that helps



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I called about 7-8 vets when we moved and I priced the exact service I needed. One vet was way cheaper than the rest and it was about 10 more minutes drive to the country. I have been really pleased- their kindness is unreal and the vet calls me on the phone and talks a long time if he ever has to check into something for me. He's just really sweet. I had been going there for years when I looked up and saw that he had been president of the TX vet association...while we were going there...and they never made a big deal about it or anything...just a little piece of paper on the wall. They are great and his partner vet is great, too. They work with a lot of livestock owners and to me that kind of vet has a predisposition to the idea they are a partnership with the owner since most livestock owners have to do a lot of vet type care themselves and have a lot of knowledge about the animals in their care. I feel like we are working together vs. him telling me what to do and pushing stuff on me. So call around and price a service & then don't be afraid to contact vets that do large animals too and not just pets.
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Sometimes the drive is worth it! I have a vet not even a mile from my house but I choose to take my dog 30 min away because the vet in our town is rude and rarely open anyway. The vet I go to is small but everyone is so nice and competent and the prices are very reasonable! It's $65 for Teddy to get neutered here.
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Just a few more links for assistance with Vet bills. I'm sure there will be some overlap with what Sundog poststed!

Lists of organizations that help people pay vet bills:
http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/fi...vet-bills.aspx
Vet Bill Assistance - LEASH Animal Rescue

Lists or search for low cost spay/neuter programs:
Low cost or free spay-neuter programs in U.S. for pet and feral cats listed by state and area code . Love That Cat Store
Locate Affordable, Low Cost Spay / Neuter Resources
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Stay informed of what is available in your area. If that means reading newspapers, visiting your vet offices or talking with other pet owners. Our animal shelter just aquired new ownership (Thank you God) and they are in the process of really making positive things happen. They applied for and were approved for a grant to cover the cost of spay and neutering for unaltered already owned pets. Residents just have to apply and get approved. Our local vets have even lowered the rate for residents who are approved pay close to zero out of pocket.
Both vets also offer 'shot clinics' where they spend a Sat. giving reduced costs vacinations and wellness checks. They stagger their clinics so each one is 6 months apart.
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Before going to the new vet check their status of patient satisfaction online by going to YELP and they should also have ratings for patient reviews! Our County animal control has once a month low cost vaccinations and spaying/neutering, first come first serve, but worth it!

I left a vet because the Dr./lady was yelling at me and shaming me as my cat was in renal failure....she shut up when I told her Turbo was 19 years old...and then there's more to that story but it is a new thread.
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Does anyone know if there is a Canadian substitute to 1-800-PET-MEDS? Admittedly, I have been a bit lack in flea/heartworm preventative for my crew because the total cost of it all for both dogs and the cat was about $400. Of course, every time I start to get a bit of extra money together, something comes up.
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