Financial Focus: Affordable Pet Health Care

Anthony RivieccioAffordable Pet Health Care Ideas
By: Anthony Rivieccio, MBA, PFA

Cats, dogs, hamsters, snakes, and fish!

Yes, they are our loving pets!

But food, medical and other animal expenses keep going up. It’s hard enough these days to take care of ourselves, much less, the family pet.

We need affordable pet health care!

Affordable health care for pets should combine some at-home preventative steps with an overall wellness plan.

There are a number of ways to maintain your pet’s health at home.

First, feed your dog the best, most nutritious food.

Second, brushing your dog’s teeth daily can also help prevent dental disease, as well as heart and kidney problems and the expensive procedures that’ll likely be required as a result.

Third, if there’s a smoker in the house, the secondhand smoke could shorten your dog’s life. It can cause asthma, bronchitis, lymphoma and oral, nasal and lung cancer.

To stretch your dollar on veterinary care:

One, shop around. Prices vary at different animal clinics and hospitals. Ask about the cost for typical procedures, like vaccines and checkups.

Two, once you choose a vet, commit to a yearlong wellness plan that includes a number of visits and the recommended medications. This can help you budget ahead of time

Three, never forget to ask for a discount. Your vet may offer a discount on some of the services in your pet’s wellness plan.

Anthony Rivieccio is the founder & the CEO of The Financial Advisors Group, celebrating their 18th year as a fee only financial planning firm specializing in personal financial solutions. Anthony, a recognized financial expert since 1986, has been featured by many national and local media including: Klipingers Personal Finance, The New York Post, News12 The Bronx, Bloomberg News Radio, Bronxnet Channel 67 TV, The Norwood News, The West Side Manhattan Gazette, Labor Press Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine, WINS 1010 Radio, The Bronx News and The Bronx Chronicle.

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