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We know: 4 Tips On Saving Money at the Vet

Medical care for pets is becoming as expensive as human medical care. And there's no guarantee you're not being taken advantage of. So, here are four things you can do to help reduce your vet bills.

Tip #1: You don't have to buy your drugs from the vet.

Many prescription drugs for animals are available in drug stores or online because they are the same drugs that are used for humans. And, they are likely to be much cheaper than buying them from the vet. Also, drugs used exclusively for pets are likely to be cheaper elsewhere than at the vet. Ask the vet for the written prescription, then shop around.

Tip #2: Do some medical research.

If you're not sure what the problem is, and it's seems relatively minor and not critical, do a little medical research of your own to see if you can solve things. There are a number of pet medical reference guides online and at your library. See if you can diagnose the problem and find a solution.

Tip # 3: Shop around, and get a second opinion.

If fact, get a third and forth opinion. If you're dog has a broken leg, call several vets to see what they will do and what they charge. The costs can differ by hundreds of dollars, so ask for an estimate.

Ask about the cost of exams, x-rays, tests, shots, procedures and drugs. If the problem requires surgery, or an expensive procedure, see if you can put it off long enough to get your pet examined by another doc and confirm that's what's needed. Then, start comparing prices.

Tip #4: Ask for a discount.

It can't hurt. Many vets have discounts for seniors or other reasons. Find out if you qualify. Remember, the price may be negotiable, and it may be worth bringing up the subject.

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