Keeping your vets bills down
If you have a dog, you’ll know you’ll need to factor expenses such as food into your weekly shop. Even a little goldfish needs some grub, although GrAnt isn’t sure how anybody can call those dried up flakes ‘food’.
However, you’ll always know how much you’ll need to fork out to feed your dog as there’s always a great range of food in the supermarket, but when it comes to vets bills, it can be anybody’s guess.
Covering vets fees is one of the biggest benefits of pet insurance, but it’s not always easy to work out how much they’re going to be.
So the InsureAnts, who know a thing or two about sick animals (and by that, they mean they know when GrAnt is just phoning in ‘sick’ when he just wants a duvet day), have put together a little guide on the best way to cut your vets bills by spotting ailments early or keeping your dog healthy.
Get to know your dog
This won’t be a problem for many dog owners, as their pooch can often be their best friend and enjoy playing. However, you should also become familiar with your dog’s body as this will allow you to spot any lumps or bumps which are out of the ordinary. You should also keep a close eye on your dog’s toilet routine. Has it suddenly become irregularly or is their something in their urine which looks out of the ordinary.
Catch it early
You can spot many health problems by identifying symptoms early on. Keep yourself aware of the latest potential health problems dogs might suffer and carry out regular health checks before something more serious develops.
You may not think that a dog that looks good is going to be healthier, but a dog with a nice shiny coat is. Therefore, regular grooming will let you know is your dog isn’t at the top of his game and it also gives you the chance to get to know your dog and spot irregularities.
Really get your teeth into it
Dental health can often be a good guide as to your dog’s general wellbeing, so it’s a good idea to get a good look at those gnashers from time to time. Overly red gums, bad breath and discoloured teeth can all alert you to a potential problem.
Keep an eye on those ears
You may think that a dog scratching his ear is an innocent enough sight, but it can be the sign of an infection. Similarly, if a dog shakes his head a lot, they may have ear of ear scratching, it could indicate an infection of some kind, such as haematoma of the ear flap.
A sight for sore eyes
The eyes are another good indication of potential problems, so if you see anything out of the ordinary, you should seek help. If a dog’s eyes seem clouded or the eye lid looks inflamed, your dog could have a cataract or be suffering from conjunctivitis.
Keep Fido fit
It isn’t just humans who need to keep those pesky pounds off, dogs need to keep active in order to escape problems such as obesity.
Every dog will be different, so while it’s a good idea to give him the exercise he needs, be careful not to overdo it an older dog. Check out the PDSA for more info and videos related to exercise for your dog.
What your dogs eat can also affect his weight and general health, so make sure you give him a natural and balanced diet. Healthy dog food doesn’t need to cost the earth, all you have to do is give it a bit of thought.
Insurance for your pet
Of course, the best way to keep vet costs down is to have your pet insurance provider foot the bill. You can compare pet insurance quotes from a wide range of insurers with www.InsureAnts.co.uk, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and those of your dog.
Flea and worm treatments
Keep your dog’s bedding nice and clean as this can cut down on the possibility of him getting fleas. If that does happen, you can get your hands on flea and worm treatments at a pet store or online which will prove much cheaper than going through your vet.
Vet your potential vets
Vets may be experts when it comes to animal health, but not all are the same and so you should shop around to find one that’s right for you, both in terms of price and convenience. Chat to a few other dog owners and find out if any can recommend a good vet, or take a look here for recommendations.
Keep an eye on your pooch
You can avoid many unnecessary trips to the vet by keeping a close eye on your dog’s health. This will not only cut down on the amount of times you visit the vet, it will also mean that when you do need them, your visit will be worthwhile.