At ESSERLAW LLC, we want you to be… debt free. We recently came accross a great blog post on moneytalksnews.com that gives you a few tips on saving money when you have pet bills.

From a 2015 Washington Post article:

According to a 2011 report by the American Pet Products Association, the cost of routine and surgical vet visits has risen 47 percent for dogs and 73 percent for cats over the past decade. Pet owners spent about $8 billion on vet care in 2000; by 2013, that figure climbed to more than $14 billion.

Fortunately, you still have many options, from vet schools to animal welfare organizations. Here are some tips.

1. Look for lower-cost alternatives

Local animal welfare organizations, rescue groups and shelters often offer low-cost vaccinations, spaying and neutering, as well as other routine care.

To find animal shelters and pet rescue groups in your area, check out Petfinder.com‘s list. The ASPCA has a list of low-cost programs that can help.

2. Try a vet school

Veterinary schools are typically cheaper than vet clinics and animal hospitals. While procedures are performed by students, they are supervised by a vet. Check out the American Veterinary Medical Association’s list of accredited veterinary colleges for a location near you.

3. Shop around

Vet prices can vary widely. For example, when I was looking for a new veterinarian, I called six different clinics. The base cost of a visit ranged from $35 to $75.

So, check around. Prices can depend on the clinic’s location, its equipment costs, even the student loan debt of the vet.

4. Ask your vet for help

If your pet needs an expensive medical treatment or you’re struggling to cover the cost of care, discuss the situation with your veterinarian. Many vets offer payment plans or discounts to their steady clients.

Read the full post: http://www.moneytalksnews.com/9-ways-take-bite-out-pet-bills/

Article was originally published on June 9, 2016 – http://www.moneytalksnews.com/9-ways-take-bite-out-pet-bills/

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