Treatment Choices that fit Your Budget
Unexpected expenses – we all have them, we all resent them, they’re always bigger than what we expect (or can afford) and have a habit of turning up at the worst possible times.
And I’m sure if you’re reading this post you’ll agree that unexpected vet bills tick all those boxes and probably more. No one is ever really prepared for that urgent vet visit and we certainly understand why you’re not exactly pleased to be turning up at our door.
But don’t panic just yet. There are many steps involved in planning for your pet’s treatment which means all you’re signing up for when you first seek a vet’s opinion is that primary consultation fee.
After that, the choice of treatment options and associated costs is entirely in your hands which means you should always have the choice to sign up for only what you’re prepared to pay for.
This means YOU get to choose which combination of treatments work best for both your pet and your budget.
You don’t always have to choose Gold Standard Care
Not everyone can afford Gold Standard Treatment and that’s perfectly O.K. For most situations – there are other options that provide acceptable outcomes for your pet.
You’ll find our Vets are always open to discussing available options with you during your consultation.
Why we can’t fund your pet’s treatment
Veterinary practices are small businesses just like any other. We don’t receive government funding or donations of any kind to keep the doors open, pay our people and maintain our supplies and equipment. This is only possible when we’re paid like any other business for what we do.
While we offer limited credit to some of our long term clients we know and trust to pay us on a regular basis – we simply couldn’t afford to extend this to every client who walks through our doors.
This is why we spend the time with you going through all the costs before we start any treatment on your pet.
While some of you may interpret this discussion about money and options as somewhat uncaring given we’re dealing with a sick or injured animal, it’s the responsible thing to do – to make sure we’re doing the best we can for your pet within your budget.
Uncaring would be forcing expensive treatments on you with total disregard for how this will impact your lifestyle and your family.
Ask about alternative treatments
Remember – how much you’re prepared to spend on your pet is always your choice. You are the financial controller – irrespective of your pet’s condition. For most situations – there are always alternatives to gold standard treatment so make sure you’re always given options and not just led down the most expensive veterinary treatment trail.
And if this happens to you – don’t be afraid to ask for other options.