I Can No Longer Financially Support My Pet

Owning a pet can be an expensive cost, especially if something suddenly arises. It's estimated that owning a dog can cost around $1,500 a year and around $1,000 for a cat. We understand that circumstances change, and money problems can unexpectedly occur. Here are some things that can help you cover the costs of your pet:

  1. Seek a second opinion from another veterinarian. Getting quotes and advice may help you understand where the cost is coming from and you can find a vet who may have different facilities and expertise which will change the cost of a procedure. Call around your local vets and see which clinics have rewards systems. These may include discounts on vaccinations or desexing as well as monthly or yearly payment plans to help with ongoing costs
  2. Consider generic brand medicine. Pharmacies and even supermarkets, sometimes have the same pet medication as vets and often at a fraction of the price. Alternatively, ask if there is a generic version of the medication available from your veterinarian. Doing a price comparison may seem time consuming, but if it is to be a long-term medication, it will be worth to find out where you can purchase it the cheapest
  3. Request purchasing medications in bulk sizes or doses. For an ongoing problem, some practices do not need to examine the dog for each prescription refill, simply asking how often the vet needs to consult with you and your pet might save a few consultation fees over the course of the medication.
  4. Make your own pet food. In the slow cooker, making a meal of discounted mince, veggies and pasta are a cost effective, healthy and tasty meal for your pet
  5. Contact your local food shelters. Dog and cat food are commonly donated items that you could access
  6. Temporarily cancel your fitness membership and go running with your dog instead, they will love the quality time
  7. Reduce your day-to-day costs. Are you buying lunch every day? Catching the bus when you could walk? Can you ditch a cup of coffee a couple times a week? All of these can add up.
  8. Consider opening a bank account dedicated to your furry friend. Simply putting small amounts away every week can help you save up for their yearly health check and other expenses
  9. Seek help from your local vet clinic
  10. Consider purchasing pet insurance. It may present a larger upfront cost, but could potentially save you lots of money over the lifetime of your pet's care
  11. Vet Pay is also available at most clinics  www.vetpay.com.au
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