Curtailing Vet Bills—2 steps to managing costs for great care

By Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As a pet parent, I’m sure you know that veterinary care typically represents your biggest chunk of pet expenses. As a matter of fact, American’s spent approximately $12.2 billion on veterinary care last year, according to the American Pet Product Association.

Also, the most frequent complaint I hear from pet parents is about expensive or unexpected vet bills.

I can totally relate! Having had 18 pets over the course of my adult life, I’ve had our fair share of veterinary bills!

But honestly, I can’t think of money better spent than the dollars we put toward our pets’ health and well being. We all want them to be healthy and to live as long as possible.

In today’s Pet Living episode, I show you how, with some thoughtful planning, you can afford to provide your pet with both the routine veterinary care and the unexpected or emergency care they so deserve.

I also give you the scoop on pet health insurance and how it can literally “close the gap between cost and care”, (the gap between the vet care you WANT to provide to your pet, versus the care you can AFFORD to provide). You-can-close-that-gap!

Tweetable: Pet insurance can close the gap between cost and care for your pet.

I hope today’s episode helps you and your pet win-win! Win by saving money and win by getting Fido and Fluffy some A+++ treatment at the vet! After all, every veterinarian wants to do what’s best for your buddy.

Join the conversation with a comment on the blog. How much will vet care cost you this year?


Kristen Levine







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The cost of care. A 411 from PetPlan on costs, reimbursements and a claim calculator.

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  • Outstanding topic, Kristen! We hope many people will consider getting pet insurance after seeing this. We see all too many cases where financial burden could have been avoided and people end up in financial AND medical crisis at the same time.

  • Kristen

    Thanks Pet Chance Team! Yes, in some cases, having pet insurance can be life saving for a pet.