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The average veterinarian office visit cost is $200. Emergent or specialty care range in costs, with orthopedic and oncology treatments costing thousands of dollars. Creating a pet-health savings account that spans the life of your dog goes a long way to fund anticipated veterinary fees. Another option is pet health credit cards, however, be cognizant of compounding interest fees. Pet insurance may be a good choice for augmenting your pet savings account, as it can offer protection against the unplanned. According to Trupanion, a pet-based insurance company, the “most common injuries, and illnesses, like a knee ligament rupture, can cost almost $3,000 to repair.” Depending on the carrier and the policy you select, averaging $25 per pet per month, pet insurance may cover up to 90 percent of eligible costs associated with veterinary care, including hospitalization, for sick and injured pets. Exam fees, preventative care, and pre-existing conditions are typically not eligible while your dog’s illnesses and injuries, diagnostic tests, surgeries, hospital stays, medications, and prosthetic appliances are covered. Many carriers offer additional plans for alternative, and rehabilitative services such as acupuncture and cold laser therapy. While the best time to analyze the need for pet insurance is when a dog is a puppy or in its’ youth, policies are available for older dogs. Age should not be a deterrent. While pet healthcare costs are rising, price should not be the sole factor for selecting a veterinarian. Closely consider the veterinarian’s philosophy for treating animals, is it proactive or reactive, and does it align with how you want your dog’s care managed. Striving for a shared approach to your pet’s preventative care can thwart potential illness, and make all the difference in your dog’s life.

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CityDog Magazine Winter 2018 Issue  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to dog lovers throughout the Pacific Northw...

CityDog Magazine Winter 2018 Issue  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine brings the joys of life with our four-legged friends to dog lovers throughout the Pacific Northw...

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