‘Money Tips for Caring Pet Owners’ Helps Stretch the Vet-care Dollar

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has assembled expert advice and simple steps for pet owners that help them save money while protecting their pet’s health.

The recommendations make up the AVMA’s “Money tips for caring pet owners,” which is available for free on the association’s website. The tips cover everything from choosing a veterinarian to the importance of regular veterinary exams and vaccinations, and how to be smart about buying and administering pet medications. Special attention is also paid to pet nutrition.

Veterinarians and their clinic staff know costs for veterinary care and pet products are a major concern for pet owners. We all know that there’s a lot of advice out there about how pet owners can save money. What’s important is that pet owners get and listen to the right advice, and we think they will find that in our recommendations. Take a look today, and feel free to print the recommendations for use in your office or clinic.

5 thoughts on “‘Money Tips for Caring Pet Owners’ Helps Stretch the Vet-care Dollar

  1. Hi AVMA,

    I clicked the tips link and read the article there.

    It’s a comprehensive article and it’s very helpful to give to pet owners. The cost of pet ownership is very high now and rising. Most people have no idea what they’re getting into when they get a pet and they’ll appreciate that article quite a bit.

    I see that a lot of thought was put into the article and a lot of people were involved in writing it. That’s wonderful!

    From the veterinarian’s point of view, the tips handed down to pet parents will not only be helpful, they’ll show very clearly that the veterinarian has their and their pet’s best interest in mind. This will improve vet-client relations and improve branding for the business.

    It will show that the vet is in the business for ethical reasons – to do their best to serve the animals. Isn’t that why most vets go into the animal business in the first place? Shouldn’t that be the only reason? Ethics and serving the animals above all, right?

    Clients will place a high value on the tips that are on that page. There’s no doubt.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

  2. What it boils down to is this. Veterinarians should not be in the retail business or the drug store business. We should be paid for professional services, period. It would never be allowed for physicians to be running their own drugstore in a practice, that would be considered a conflict of interest. We need to charge for our professional services only, and stop trying to be a retail center.

  3. Who are we trying to fool? Our clients, our staff, or ourselves? You have x number of patients/clients . . . y number of visits . . . z average transaction amount. If you know the daily cost to operate your business, including what you want to take home, saving your clients money is not the variable you need to address.
    Look hard at the daily cost to operate the business. Determine what to do there because that is the really only thing you can change. As our client base works on the only thing they can control (i.e. complain about fees and/or just not come in when they should we are somewhat at their mercy.
    Owning a pet these days is very expensive, and a lot of what they spend with us goes to the pharmaceutical industry. And guess what! That industry wants to help us by showing us ways to sell more drugs and run more tests.
    Just who are we (veterinarians) working for? Our selves, or clients, or the pharmaceutical industry?
    Take a look at your last ten patient visits and determine how much of what you collected stayed in your office and how much went out in the mail the next month to cover your (any compny) drug bill.