— an annual exam for an animal is like an exam every seven years for a human.
Plus, animals are very good at hiding symptoms. "If you can catch something early or prevent it, that's your best cost savings ever," he says.
The longer you wait for medical care, the more expensive treatment is likely to be.
senior animals (6 and older) should be examined twice a year.
You should also know what's normal for your pet, says Peterson. Pay attention to how your animal looks and acts normally.
That way, if Fluffy's eyes look cloudy or Fido has a slight limp, you'll notice it right away.
"The vet counts on you to pick things up early," she says.
I didn't know about the 1 year being like 7 years, but that does make sense after thinking about a cat's lifespan compared to human.
We had the limp recently, it got worse over a day, and I got her into the Vet, who couldn't find anything broke and gave us a painkiller plus needed a urine sample to test for diabetes.
Cat is better, still need to return the sample though, timing has been off so being she is better I haven't been so worried to rush one in,
insured cat too, just got to turn in a claim yet, suppose I can wait till after the urine sample cost.
My Senior Catizen doesn't yet get the 2X year, but has been in for hyperthyroid blood test recently, thyroid was low, she's on the medicine and that's good it's working for her.
Markups on medication can be 100% to 250%, according to Veterinary Economics magazine.
But getting a better price can be as simple as heading to your local pharmacy, says O'Keefe.
"A lot of the medicines we [veterinarians] use are human medicines," he says. You can't use your insurance to cover your cat's medications, but you will certainly pay a lot less.
"It's really a convenience factor" to buy from your vet, says O'Keefe.
I noticed the last bottle I got came from the Cub pharmacy, but didn't know I could just take a pet perscription over there, I'll have to inquire about that for the next,
because Vet A got 200 for $20, vs. Vet B 14 for $30, so having 2 Vets involved helped cut cost dramatically.
The whole article is a good short read and had some other stuff in it, wanted to add it to a sticky at the top, but hopefully will help as is.