For anyone that has a family pet, you know that the yearly vet visit can get expensive. The last time I took my two dogs to a typical veterinarian for a wellness visit, I walked out with a $300 bill. Ouch! After some research I found a cheaper alternative that does not sacrifice the health of our family pets. It has really worked for our family and saves us over $200 a year.
Two words… Planned Pethood. I know, I laughed at the name also. But after my first visit, I wasn’t laughing anymore; I was smiling. My bill was $90. Planned Pethood is a non-profit, low cost spay and neuter clinic. There goal is to help eliminate the destruction of healthy dogs and cats by reducing the pet overpopulation. A goal that I can stand by. They also offer a wellness clinic with no visit fee. This could run you around $50 at a regular vet. Planned Pethood charges $15 per vaccination. That’s it! I consider the rabies vaccination the most important and it lasts for three years. Two other vaccinations that are also important for your animals, if they socialize, are DIstemper/Parvo and Bordetella. That would mean, per pet, you would pay $45 for the first year and $30 for any year that you don’t need the rabies vaccination. That is a price anyone could live with.
You might not have a Planned Pethood in your town but search for the same kind of organization. Any animal society that is a non-profit will offer these types of services. For example Angles of Assisi in Roanoke, Virginia offers the same services for $10 a vaccination, but charges a $15 visit fee. So, it ends up being comparable in price. Not only are you saving money, but you are supporting a GREAT cause. Just to mention these types of organizations main priority is to offer low cost spay and neuter services. Both of our dogs were already spayed/neutered prior to adoption so this was something that we did not have to worry about. But something to keep in mind. It just takes a little investigation to save a lot of money.
I do want to mention that if any of my dogs are sick or something is severely wrong, I never hesitate to take them to a normal veterinarian hospital. With the money I save with the normal wellness visits, I never get upset spending a little more in case of an emergency. They are a part of the family after all.
Planned Pethood http://plannedpethoodrockymount.com/planned_pethood_clinic.html
Angels of Assisi http://www.angelsofassisi.org/services/well-pet/