Save Money at the Veterinarian

How to know you are getting the most bang for your buck at the vet clinic

-May is Pet Month

Did you know that the month of May is Pet Month? This month, it is all about our furry friends that we hold near and dear to our hearts. They are cuddly, cute and make our world go round. Their health is important to you, so do you know how to get the most bang for your buck when you take your best furry pal to your veterinary clinic? Here are some of the best ways to know that you are getting the most out of your next veterinary appointment.

Choose an AAHA certified veterinary clinic
Veterinary clinics that are certified by AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association, are going to produce the highest standards in the industry. AAHA certified veterinary hospitals have gone through a rigorous accreditation where everything they do is under fine examination. They are responsive, thorough, sanitary and safe for your pets. When you choose an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital, you are not only choosing the best, but getting the most out of your money too.

Know the staff
The staff at your veterinary clinic should be well trained. Next to the doctors, if the staff is made up of accredited veterinary technicians, then you know you are receiving the highest quality of care. Technicians that are accredited are either referred to as Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs), Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs), or Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs).

The technicians are responsible for a lot of things in the veterinary clinic. They are able to take x-rays, fill prescription medications, draw your pet’s blood, monitor your pet’s anesthesia, clean your pet’s teeth and so much more. Technicians are very talented and an integral part of your veterinary team.

Take advantage of specials
Certain times of the year, your veterinary clinic might run specials on things like blood work or dental cleanings. For instance, every February is dental health month, so it is very common for veterinary clinics to run specials on their dental cleanings. If your pet’s teeth need a cleaning, ask if they run deals.

Know what you are paying for
Your veterinary health care team should always be discussing charges with you. All appointments beyond routine care should provide you with an estimate of charges. You should always take a copy and be sure to know what all the charges mean. Never leave an appointment confused about pricing.

Grooming included
If your pet is regularly groomed, then finding a vet clinic with an in-house groomer is a way to get a little more out of your vet clinic. The bonus here is that if your pet needs vaccines updated before a grooming appointment, then you only have one place to go to. On the more extreme side, should an accident occur (like a cut or injury), your pet will be right beside a trained veterinary staff.

Health plan
Many clinics will offer health plans (sometimes called wellness plan) or puppy/kitten packages. In general, these are great plans that combine the things your pet needs (i.e. vaccines, dental cleanings, spay/neuter), into an affordable monthly payment plan or single payment. The benefit here is knowing exactly what all these cost so you can prepare your finances. Sometimes you can even get a little financial break by choosing a wellness plan or puppy package.

They are involved
An added bonus is having a veterinary clinic involved in your community. A super easy way to find out is to stalk them on social media. See what events they have participated in, or if they are involved with local happenings. It is great to have a team that is not only dedicated to the health of your pet(s), but also the community they are part of.

Ask for your pet’s health records
It is always a good idea to keep a personal log of your pet’s records. You never know if the clinic might be on the verge of shutting down or changing drastically. They should have no problem printing out your records for you after your appointment (or even right now).

Bottom Line

Your pet’s health is very important and finding the right veterinary health care team is just as important. You want to build a relationship with the people who will take care of your precious fur baby. Make sure they are well qualified, involved and know what you are paying for.