Pooches Vs Pockets
With Half of UK Dog Owners Concerned About Affordability Of Their Dogs, How Can A Proactive Approach Prevent Spiraling Costs
The cost-of-living crisis continues to dominate daily headlines within the UK, inundating us with tips and tricks on how to save on food, energy, and fuel. But with half of UK dog owners reporting to be concerned about the affordability of their pooches1, why is no one talking about how to save when it comes to our pets?
Experts at online telehealth platform Vetster have given one word tip for pet owners to keep in mind – Prevention!
Many avoid preventative care as they think this means added expense, but this isn’t the case. Preventative care is essential to maintaining your pet’s health and can help prevent avoidable expenses. It is far easier – and less costly – to prevent illnesses from occurring than it is to treat them.
Vetster share their top tips for preventative care:
Keep vaccinations up to date
Keeping your pet’s vaccines up to date is vital to keeping them in good health. Vaccinations can help protect pets from serious and costly diseases by creating a defensive level of antibodies to build up immunity.
Ensure proper exercise and nutrition
Keeping your pet at a healthy weight and providing them with proper nutrition can also prevent health problems from developing down the road, including diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems.
Take care of their oral health
Having healthy teeth and gums is one of the most important ways to help your pet avoid hidden infections and pain. There is a direct relationship between a healthy mouth and the health of critical internal organs such as the heart and kidneys. Pets are masters of disguising these symptoms, and taking a proactive approach to oral health care for your pet ensures they don’t suffer in silence from these concerns.
Take the guesswork out of hidden costs with pet telehealth
62% of dog owners ranked unexpected vet bills as their biggest fear when it came to the affordability of their dogs2. This is mostly down to the fact a trip to the vets usually results in unforeseen costs like scans, tests and emergency treatments costing hundreds of pounds.
Telehealth services like Vetster fix their initial consultation prices as low as just £35 and are able to assess your pet via video call from the comfort of your own home 24/7, making it convenient and affordable option for managing your pet’s care.
Schedule a wellness check
A wellness examination with a virtual vet can help identify any issues that, if ignored, might develop into more serious conditions. Some key questions to ask during your wellness check include:
- Is my pet a good weight? What do you think about the food I am feeding and the amounts that I feed?
- How often do I need to see you to ensure that my pet is as healthy as possible?
- What preventative tests, treatments and vaccinations do you recommend for my pet based on their age, health status, lifestyle and where we live, to ensure that they are healthy and protected?
- What can I do to help support my pet’s oral health?
- How can I best prepare if something serious occurs? (When to call the vet, financial preparedness)