If we want to be able to say that we are responsible owners of our dogs, we must not only engage in education and respect his needs, but also pay attention to his health.
The costs to be incurred can be very onerous at times, including vaccines, treatment and specialist examinations, especially as your dog progresses through the years: veterinary expenses in fact largely affect the cost of maintaining a dog.
Below you will find some tips to “save” on veterinary expenses by acting on prevention.
Sometimes a few minutes can mean a lot of money saved, and your dog will thank you for avoiding an unwelcome visit to the vet.
In addition to eliminating the risk of “unwanted” litters, sterilization effectively prevents ovarian diseases and “false pregnancies”.
VACCINES AND PESTICIDES
Don’t forget the annual vaccine booster is a great way to avoid unnecessary veterinary costs. To know everything about vaccinations read carefully vaccinate your dog.
In addition, pesticides (often underestimated) play an important role in preventing diseases caused by ticks and fleas (leishmania and ehrlichiosis above all). If you have just remembered that you are “late” with the anti-parasite treatment, visit our shop:
NOT TO NEGLECT HYGIENE
As obvious as it may seem, periodically brushing and washing your dog can help prevent skin or other infections.
Check your dog’s paws and ears regularly and clean them if they are particularly dirty. It is important to remember that “overdoing it” with cleaning can also have a counterproductive effect. Do not wash your dog too often: 3 times a year is largely sufficient (unless you have rolled in other animals’ droppings!).
The risk of your dog having weight problems is very high, especially if you do not pay much attention to his diet. Choose a good brand of kibble and respect the doses indicated in the package. As we said in the article on overweight dogs there are many diseases that can be caused by obesity:
- overweight spine: due to heavy hips and belly;
- risk of diabetes mellitus;
- arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders (dog with limp);
- high blood pressure;
- increased risk of heat stroke in summer;
- heart disease;
- respiratory diseases.
AVOID DOMESTIC ACCIDENTS
Take great care to make your home a safe environment for your dog. Pesticides, detergents and other dangerous products must be kept out of the dog’s reach (just like a child).
Their natural curiosity leads them to want to explore the home environment exposing it to avoidable risks and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
Preventing accidents is always better than remedying them. Find out how to tell if a dog is poisoned, symptoms and what to do.
Domestic risks include, for example, feeding food that is good for humans but harmful to dogs, or the presence of poisonous plants:
- Can the dog eat chocolate?
- Noxious fruit for the dog.
- Poisonous plants for dogs.
As much as you can save money with these measures, always remember that going to the vet is very important, and even if it is an important expense, it is really necessary.
Also, if you want to be even safer, you can think about taking out insurance for veterinary expenses.