Like many, our dog is more than a pet, he is a furry member of the family. My dog means the world to me, and I would do anything to make sure he stays healthy, but the potential costs worried me. During a visit my veterinarian told be about wellness plans, and it seemed to make a lot of sense to me. I could proactively ensure my little one gets the preventive care he needs to stay healthy, and it fits in my budget, a little each month instead of a larger amount all at once, for things he needs. Signing up for a wellness plan gave me great peace of mind knowing that my pup will get the care he needs on a consistent basis, and the bonus, my vet has a better chance of finding anything that might be going on and treat it before it becomes a bigger issue. And, my plan includes extra visits.
Because of how young I am, any aid in fitting things into my budget helps. With preventative care came the promise of keeping my pup on track, and also keeping my budget in line. So, I did it! I decided to sign up for a preventive care plan with my vet, which covered things like: vaccinations, examinations, and protection for fleas and ticks. My veterinarian told me how important dental health and care is in adult dogs, so I even opted for the dental cleaning package. Paying monthly made me feel more comfortable and I visit my veterinarian more often.
Around a year ago, a friend’s dog started acting a little funny, turned out he had worms, and because of how long she waited to take him in for a check-up it had gotten pretty bad. It took a few weeks, but her dog is all better. But, her bill was a bit more than she was planning on and the costs were unanticipated and hard for her to afford. After watching her go through that process, I am glad my pup and I don’t need to worry, because my plan includes screening and medication to prevent worms in the first place. I will gladly pay my expected monthly plan costs for no worms, what more could I ask for?
I think investing in a preventive care plan was a smart choice for me, and a step to make certain that my dog’s health will never go unchecked because of the expense. As for my friend, she got her pup set up with a preventative care plan, and now she can rest easy. I feel like a good parent, I am better informed about the needs of my little guy, and I know I am doing what I should to keep him healthy. Next time though, I may just add the grooming and bathing option.
Actual Pet Owner with a Wellness Plan