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[Editor’s Note: Pet Health Network’s parent company is , which offers a preventive care solution. However, the author of this article is not recommending any specific brand of preventive care plan, nor is this article intended as an endorsement for any IDEXX offerings.]
Preventive care plans are a great way to provide care, and to keep your dog healthy. One of the greatest concerns among and dog guardians alike is how best to maintain your dog in as healthy a condition as possible for his entire life—from puppyhood to the senior years.
Recent surveys, conducted by veterinary professionals, have recognized that many dog guardians would rather pay for veterinary care in monthly installments than in one lump sum1. Personal experience tells me that dog guardians would appreciate some help with a better understanding of what is entailed in good . Many could also use help with planning and budgeting. Fortunately, preventative care plans can help with all of that.
Preventive care plans can be purchased from your veterinarian with monthly or quarterly payments. They may have an initial cost and include services like , , , blood work and potentially much more, depending on the plan you use.
and the have jointly developed . These guidelines are an excellent resource for keeping your dog healthy and following them will require a real commitment on your part, and that significant thought be given to the costs. This is where preventive care plans come in.
Keep in mind that preventive care could include:
Preventive care plans vary in their provisions, so be sure you are clear about what is covered in terms of early diagnostics and prevention. These programs are not plans, but together with insurance programs your dog can be covered for both anticipated and unexpected costs. () This allows you to more easily provide the sort of care your dog needs, and you want to provide.
No one wants to have to make medical decisions for their dog based on financial concerns. Ask your veterinarian if he offers a preventive care plan.
Regardless of what you choose, it is important to keep your dog and your family healthy. Rely on your veterinarian to provide the best of care.
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Pet insurance plans cover the medical costs associated with illnesses and injuries that befall your pet. Most providers only cover dogs and cats, but a select few expand coverage to all types of animals. Policies function in much the same way as regular health insurance with deductibles, copayments, and lifetime, annual, or per incident benefit limits. Most pet insurance providers, however, do not communicate directly with your veterinarian and require you to pay out of pocket and wait for reimbursement. The average cost of Pet Insurance varies widely depending on your pet’s health history and age, as well as the deductible amount and reimbursement level. That said, the average pet health insurance premium is usually between $20 and $50 per month, with cat plans normally costing less than plans for dogs.