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8 Ways to Lower Your Vet Bills

Taking your dog or cat to the vet can cause a big hit to your bank account, and if your pet has a medical emergency, you can easily expect to spend more than $500. This can take a toll on any family’s finances, which is why we’ve found some easy ways to save money at the vet, without compromising your pet’s health.

1. Take advantage of preventive care

If your vet suggests preventive care services, such as heartworm prevention medication for example, consider how much you’ll save with this affordable service, as opposed to what you would spend treating heartworm disease.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, grooming, proper food portions, teeth brushing, and overall care. Severe dental issues can cost more than $1,000 to treat, so it’s a preventive measure that shouldn’t be skipped.

2. Prevent parasites

Get your animal on a flea and tick prevention program to keep fleas, ticks, lice, and worms at bay. These typically come in the form of a monthly pill, and many of these provide protection against several parasites at once. Along with saving you money on future treatments, this will also keep your pet healthy, happy, and comfortable.

3. Take advantage of free exams

Some veterinary offices or hospitals offer discounts or even free exams, to encourage owners to bring their pets in to treat for issues before they become hard to treat. Make inquiries with your local veterinary offices to see what they offer.

4. Compare prices

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Veterinarian Sweetly Sings To Puppy To Calm Her Down Before Surgery

Fox Hollow Animal Hospital
Dr. Ross and a pup named Samantha.

On Thursday, Henderson, who works at Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, was set to perform a routine spay on a 6-month-old pup named Ruby. She was running and jumping around, unable to settle down, so Henderson grabbed his guitar and sweetly sang Elvis Presley’s “I Cant Help Falling In Love With You” to calm her nerves before the procedure.

Office manager Darcy Holloway recorded a video of the moment and posted it to the Fox Hollow Facebook page, where it has since been viewed 280,000 times:

“When [Ruby] was waiting…