Posted by Pets Best on 10/17/2008 in General Articles
Caring for a pet can be an expensive but necessary venture. The cost of pet ownership is soaring through the roof, and even a simple trip to the vet can set you back several hundred dollars. Therefore, there are many factors that you need to consider, should your pet need treatment at an animal ER.
Emergencies happen, and there isn’t much we can do to change that. What we can do, however, is be prepared financially in the event of an emergency. The fact is that emergency care for animals, much like for humans, is much more expensive than a regular veterinary visit. Procedures often cost twice what they would during normal office hours. Sometimes you just can’t wait, and emergency care is required. There are steps that can be taken to lessen the financial burden to ensure that you can afford to give your pet the care it needs.
Pet insurance is quickly becoming popular among pet owners. It makes sense, especially if you have an older animal or a breed that is prone to medical problems. Pet insurance, just like people insurance, comes in a variety of plans and costs. There are different policies that reimburse you for costs and some that pay a percentage of the costs for you up-front.
Start thinking about to what to do in an emergency while your pet is still healthy. Talk with your local veterinarian, and ask what their policy is for emergencies. Many times, veterinarians will take emergency clients for an added fee, and other times they will refer you to a local animal emergency shelter that they are affiliated with. You need to make sure that you know all of your pet’s vital information, including their name, date of birth, shot records, and any medications they may taking, because you will be asked to fill out paperwork when there is an emergency. Other than that, a trip to the emergency care center is often like a trip to a veterinary office. The vet will examine your animal and keep you updated on what is going on, and what procedures or treatments your pet may need.
No matter what kind of pet you own, being prepared for emergency care is a smart thing to do.