Finding your terrier mix a veterinarian is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Find one online, in the yellow pages or through a referral. Whether it be through a friend, animal shelter worker or dog groomer, sometime a good place to start is with a fellow animal lover. Check credentials and compare factors like location, cleanliness and staff disposition. But saving money is a priority for many of us, and there are ways to save money in one of the most expensive areas of your dog’s life.
Compare costs for preventative care, just like you would for any other major purchase. Check to see if the vet offers any discounts for seniors, veterans or anything else that may apply to your situation. A vet will do you no good if it’s outside your budget.
Don’t skimp on the annual exam. Keeping ahead of any illnesses is better than treating them. And treating illness is more expensive than preventing them.
Put down the smokes. Quitting is great for you too, but if you’re not quite there yet, at least avoid smoking around the pooch. Second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer, lymphoma, bronchitis and asthma.
Think about getting pet health insurance. Just like for humans, you can pay a periodic premium payment that will cover your terrier’s medical costs when they get ill. If you think that emergency care or a serious illness can put a strain on your pocketbook, look into insurance.