Vet Treatment options

The Role of Treatment Options in Vet Care

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.

Our job is to make an assessment and provide you with all the various options available (including associated costs) to treat your pet’s condition. Vet Treatment options

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.

Senior Dog Care

How Do I Know My Pet is Getting Old?

Did you know that during the time your toddler has turned into a teen, almost a lifetime has passed for your pet?

The saying that each year of a dog or cat’s life is roughly about 7 human years is a little simplistic – it is often used as a guide to highlight the difference between our age and that of our pets.

What’s important though is that there isn’t really one number that magically determines whether your pet gone from mature to “old.” Just like some of us are “younger” at 60 than others – the same applies to our pets. Some are still lively and active at 12 while we see others already slowing down at a much younger age.

What does matter is the understanding that as pets become older they are not only more susceptible to diseases, the ageing process can actually speed up their progression.

That’s why it’s really important to work closely with your vet and schedule those important senior check ups.

Senior check ups are a little different to normal check ups because they need to include more than just a physical exam.

Senior Dog Care

In addition to the physical examination your vet will generally recommend some diagnostic tests such as X-Rays, Blood Tests or urinalysis. These give a clearer picture on the status of your pet’s “inner health.” He or she will also ask you to share any changes you may have noticed in your pet’s behaviour which could be an early warning sign of illness.

Once your vet has been given all the information he or she will be able to recommend a course of preventative care to help your pet stay active and healthier for longer .

This could include:

What symptoms should I be watching out for?

Look out for things like:

Behavioural changes:

  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in daily routines – no longer greets you when you come home, less responsive to commands, acts vague or “lost”

Physical changes:

  • Activity levels
  • Difficulty walking, rising or climbing
  • Fatigues more easily after moderate or normal activities
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Drinking more
  • Urinating more or incontinence
  • Abnormal stools (smelly, discoloured or containing blood) – diarrhoea
  • Coughing – during or after activities
  • Lumps
  • Coat and skin changes – dry skin, dull coat, hair loss
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty eating despite appetite

Old and Loving it!

We can give you hundreds of examples of dogs and cats living happy and active lives thanks to caring owners and supportive veterinary care. With all the options available these days your pet doesn’t have to live a compromised lifestyle – much less be in pain. There are all kinds of therapies available – just like there are for us. And they don’t always have to involve loads of medications or even surgery.

Best of all …

We love our senior pets and there’s nothing more rewarding than being able to put a wag back into an old friend’s tail.

So go on – schedule a senior pet check up with us vet today and make that love last for longer!