Save money on your pet without sacrificing care

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Pets are a part of our families and just like kids, they can cost a lot! You never want to think about trimming costs on pets because you don’t want to trim their care, but that may not be the case if you know what to ask.

We’d do anything for our pets, which is why it becomes so awkward when it comes to talking about cost with your veterinarian. But Central Hospital’s Katerina Cavanagh says that’s exactly what you have to do if you don’t want to pay more than what’s necessary.

“We can see if we can avoid doing that and see if we can treat things in a way that has made sense previously and ultimately that can save money. It might not be the highest standard of care but certainly an option,” Cavanagh said.

Another way to save money is ask about what food your pet needs. Many times the most expensive kind isn’t necessary, especially when they’re still growing. Here’s another easy way to save: don’t procrastinate!

“If you respond to an illness or injury faster than two or 3 days, you’re likely to be able to save some money,” she added.

While some illnesses will cost no matter what, others will be a lot cheaper at a family veterinarian than they would be at an emergency vet.  Also, just keeping up with routine care and being careful not to *over* feed your pet will keep them healthy and save over time. Another option to save is pet insurance or high-interest savings accounts.

We’ll get some advice on how to choose one or the other on Wednesday’s Stretch Your Dollar on Good Morning Connecticut.

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