Tips for Keeping Vet Bills Down

3 years ago

How to Keep Vet Bills Down

It is always difficult when one of our animals becomes unwell, we often end up with an unexpected or unbudgeted bill. So what can you do about it? How can you keep those vet bills down? Well here are a few tips:

  1. Take a moment every day to observe all your animals. Watch their movement, breathing and interactions with each other. Learn what is normal for them so you can see the clues when things are abnormal. For example, if one animal isn't with the rest, go check as this is often an indication that something is wrong. If you think something is wrong, go and investigate. Have a really good look.
  2. Knowledge about each of the species you have on your property is valuable. Knowing the basic nutritional requirements, drenching and vaccination programmes for each animal will keep them in optimum health and condition. If you are not sure your vet can help and advise you.
  3. Understand the normal ranges for weight, respiration and heart rate. This can assist you in noticing when your animals start to become unwell, but most importantly you need to put your hands on each animal. By regularly handling them, you can check for injuries, record body scoring and see if they are poorly.
  4. Having good facilities e.g. shed &/or yards will make your life a lot easier. If you don't have the space or funds, build good relationships with your neighbours so when required you can use their yards or races.

 When you notice something abnormal, seek help, call your vet. By reacting quickly, it will give your animal the best chance at a speedy recovery. The more an animal deteriorates, the fewer treatment options your vet will have. This is when it becomes expensive as courses of medication become longer, they require more medicating, your animal will require more attention and more vet visits. It is also a stress burden on yourself worrying about your animals and bills.