Tips to Keep Veterinary Costs Down

Having a pet can be an exciting experience, but it can also become an expensive venture. One of the biggest factors that can contribute to an expense of a pet is veterinary care. Even though you may not be able to control unexpected injuries or illnesses in your pet, there are some factors you can control. Preventative care is the best way to help keep veterinary costs down. This can involve keeping your pet on parasite preventatives, having yearly wellness exams, keeping up with vaccines, maintaining a healthy diet, and having your pets spayed or neutered.

Heartworm prevention is probably one of the most important parasite control products for keeping veterinary costs down. Treatment can be very expensive for pets that contract heartworm disease. Not only is treatment expensive it also is very risky for the pet. Monthly heartworm prevention is highly effective for avoiding this disease. Flea and tick preventatives are important as well. Fleas bites can sometimes produce a hypersensitivity response leading to a condition called flea allergy dermatitis. This can require treatment with antibiotics and steroids to help relieve symptoms. Fleas can also transmit an intestinal parasite called tapeworms which requires a de-wormer for treatment. Ticks can transmit several blood borne diseases that can require long term treatment for pets. Some common tick diseases include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis.

Despite the initial cost for an office visit, having a yearly exam by your veterinarian can save you money in the long run. There are several medical issues that can be discovered on a physical exam. Finding some of these issues early can make treatment easier and less expensive. One example is finding a skin mass early on that can be removed with a simple surgery versus later when larger in size. Consequently removing the mass requires a more complicated procedure. Another example is discovering a heart murmur on the physical exam. If the murmur is found early it can be potentially be managed with medications. If the murmur is found when the patient is in congestive heart failure, treatment may involve expensive intensive care.

Vaccine protocols can vary depending on risk of exposure and the lifestyle of the pet. Whatever protocol your pet adopts, it is important that these vaccines are performed in a timely manner. Unvaccinated or pets that have gaps in their vaccination schedule are at the highest risk of developing diseases that are the most costly to treat. Make sure you discuss with your veterinarian what vaccination protocol is best for your pet and that they are performed on time.

Whether you have your pet spayed or neutered can play a role in the veterinary costs. If you don’t plan to use your pets for breeding you should have them spayed or neutered. With intact females you may have to deal with accidental pregnancies, infection of the uterus (pyometra), and there is an increased risk for mammary tumors which often require surgery. With intact males you may have to deal with increased risk of prostate disease, and testicular cancers. These circumstances can lead to a high veterinary bill if you wish to address these issues.

When it comes to what you are feeding your pet, the common causes for increased veterinary visits includes frequent switching of a diets and feeding “people” food. As a result signs of dietary indiscretion may occur which may include diarrhea and vomiting. To avoid increased costs of veterinary bills please feed your pet a consistent diet and avoid feeding off your plate.

Finally, financial preparedness can help buffer any unexpected veterinary costs. You should set up an emergency veterinary fund where money is set aside at regular intervals if possible. This is much like setting money aside for a college fund for a child. Also it is helpful to be aware of organizations that will provide financial assistance for veterinary cost. Many of them have specific requirements to be met before assistance can be given. Here is the list of several of these organizations:

Angels for Animals
Brown Dog Foundation
Canine Cancer Awareness
Care Credit
Cats in Crisis
Extend Credit
Fairy Dog Parents
Frankie’s Friends

The websites of the above organizations can be found with a simple Google search. Even with the best care it may be difficult to avoid veterinary costs. Hopefully the points in this article will help keep these costs to a minimal. Also they may help maximize the care you need to provide to your pet if the circumstances require it.

Viyo Veterinary – Getting Pets Back in Shape Was Never This Easy

Viyo Veterinary, developed by VETS for VETS, is the first product ever that provides cats and dogs with all essential nutrients in just one highly palatable drink. Market research in the US and Europe shows that it facilitates Fluent Recuperation in no less then 9 indications and can help 43% of all patients get back in shape fast. This exceptional product will soon be available in the USA.

8 years of research and development at the Viyo Laboratories have resulted in the unique composition of the tastiest, 100% natural, low calorie drink that stimulates water intake and that contains all essential nutrients, namely vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids such as Omega 6/3 and prebiotic fibres. Thanks to its unique liquid formulation, it guarantees an easy intake and consequently improves the uptake of all essential nutrients in the body. The combination of all these characteristics facilitate a fluent recuperation process for all cats and dogs.

Viyo Veterinary is a strong new product that meets the highest palatability standards, a conclusion that was confirmed after a study executed by the world’s renown University of Ghent. Not less than 85% of cats and 95% of dogs take up the product, which are exceptional results.

The successful launch in several European countries and most recently in Japan, proves that Viyo is used for 9 indications, representing 43% of all patients that visit veterinarian practices:

1. Pets that refuse to eat after surgery.
2. During the recuperation period pets have difficulties to start drinking or eating.
3. Pets that refuse to eat therapeutic diets.
4. When drugs are difficult to administer.
5. Pets that don’t drink enough and consequently risk to suffer from urinary stones.
6. When antibiotics cause gastro-intestinal disorders.
7. Products that support skin and coat are seldom complete nor palatable.
8. Newborns need extra support more than any other pet.
9. Weakened animals that need a health boost.

In June 2009, Viyo International, the company behind Viyo Veterinary, started a test case in collaboration with 12 veterinarian clinics in the Miami area. These clinics are all using Viyo Veterinary and results from these tests confirm that Viyo Veterinary has a very high relevancy and potential.

The case study showed that 80% of all vets are interested in using Viyo Veterinary for their clients. The research also showed that no less than 43% of all their patients could benefit from Viyo Veterinary’s revolutionary formula.

Viyo Veterinary is showing great potential in an increasing market: the pet industry grew more than 8,5% since 2008 and anticipates nearly 6,2% growth again this year.

Consider Being a Veterinary Technologist If You Love Animals

This two-year Associate’s Degree program is ideally suited to anyone who is interested in helping animals and wants a steady, reliable job without the long years and heavy investment needed to become a veterinarian. If you love working with animals and are looking for a fast track to a career working with them, consider becoming a veterinary technologist.

The duties of a veterinary technologist are very similar to those of a nurse or physician’s assistant for a medical doctor. If you work as a veterinary technologist in a veterinarian’s office or animal clinic, you will spend part of your time doing crucial paperwork and part of your time working directly with pets of all shapes and sizes. A typical day might include filling out charts and documents, scheduling appointments and updating patient records. Or, you may help in collecting specimens, blood draws and skin scrapings for lab tests. You may even assist in preparing animals, lab equipment and instruments for surgery and other procedures. Other tasks include grooming animals and assisting with routine procedures such as vaccinations, taking x-rays and performing lab tests.

Because there are so many different responsibilities, a veterinary technologist needs to be able to juggle many different tasks and delegate responsibilities effectively. Decision making skills are very important, as is attention to detail. Medical charts must be accurate and readable to avoid the possibility of errors in treatment. A love of animals is, of course, essential to anyone pursuing a degree in veterinary technology. You will spend most of your time around animals and should have a soothing personality for pets in distress, as well as their owners.

There are many career options available for anyone with a veterinary technology Associate’s Degree. While the majority of graduates will work in a veterinarian’s office or animal clinic, there are also many opportunities in other areas. If you are interested in medical research or the sciences, there are many research facilities that rely on veterinary technologists to take care of animals in their biomedical research facilities. In this capacity, you would oversee all work with animals to make sure humane care is provided and track all research protocols for the supervising scientists.

You can combine a love for the outdoors or wildlife with your career by working at a zoo or wildlife park. Many veterinary technologists work behind the scenes at zoos doing everything from preparing special diets for animals to taking care of newborn animals. Larger cities with professionally staffed Humane Societies or SPCA’s often recruit vet techs with Associate’s Degrees to assist in caring for the many abused or abandoned animals that come to them. This is a particularly rewarding but taxing job that involves a great deal of healthcare work.

Many people don’t realize that pet food and pet supply companies also need veterinary technologists for their Research and Development divisions. These companies are always looking for ways to improve the quality and appeal of products like dog treats, cat food and pet toys. They need staff members who can work with their products and their “testing panel” of animals to determine what is most attractive and also healthiest for their target customers.

A career as a veterinary technologist requires a two year Associate’s Degree, which you should seek from a technical school that is approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The program will consist of basic courses in math and business as well as more intensive courses in areas such as zoology, anesthesiology, pharmacology, animal nursing, surgical principles, comparative anatomy, public health and more. You will also be required to serve an externship during which you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

If veterinary technology sounds like an exciting career for you, check into various health and business schools in your area. Many of these will offer a vet tech program. Also contact animal hospitals, clinics and veterinarians who can suggest good vet tech programs in your area.