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Simple Ways To Reduce Vet Visits

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Keeping your dog healthy doesn't have to break the bank. Learn how to reduce vet visits with preventive care, proper diet, hazard prevention, regular grooming, and positive training techniques. These simple steps can save you money and keep your furry friend happy and healthy.

Last Updated on: Mar 26, 2024

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Vet bills are one of the biggest expenses any dog owner faces. Fees have been rising rapidly for many years and have become so extraordinarily high that a major UK watchdog is now carrying out an investigation.

While emergency vet fees are unavoidable, there are natural ways to improve your dog’s general health, as we outline in this article.

Take Precautions

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Keeping your dog up-to-date on preventative medicines for issues like flea, tick, and heartworm medication is crucial. These parasites can cause serious health issues if left untreated. Administering preventative treatments as recommended can ward off infestations and the vet visits required to treat them. Where possible, try to use natural medicines that won’t cause harm to your dog but will reduce the chances of parasites and other issues.

Feed The Right Diet

Like people, dogs are heavily influenced by the food they eat, so it’s vital that you choose the right meals for your dog. Many dogs thrive on a natural raw diet. Providers like Southend Dog Training provide raw food that doesn’t lose any of its nutritional value through the cooking process. Your dog will have something tasty to eat and will be less likely to develop food-based health issues if you feed them the right food.

Reduce Access To Hazards

dog walking in a garden

Accidents will always happen, but being vigilant can reduce the chances of them occurring and causing you to have a massive vet bill on your hands. Puppies and even many adult dogs love to chew on things they shouldn’t, so dog-proofing spaces by removing potential toxins or choking hazards can prevent emergency vet trips for foreign body ingestion or poisoning. If your dog is a frequent scavenger on walks, try an anti-scavenger muzzle to reduce the chances of them eating something they shouldn’t.

Make Sure You Keep Up With Your Dog’s Grooming Regime

Regular brushing and bathing doesn’t just keep your dog looking good – it allows you to check for any lumps, bumps, or skin issues that may require veterinary attention if caught early. Consistent grooming is particularly important for dogs with long or thick coats, as these can become matted and cause serious skin conditions and infections. So, make sure you’re consistently brushing your dog and that you take them to a professional groomer when required.

Work On Improving Training And Socialisation

dogs getting trained by their owners

Dog attacks can lead to serious injuries, and with the canine population rising over recent years, it’s perhaps no wonder that these incidents are rising as well. Still, there are ways to avoid them. A well-trained, socialised dog is less likely to get into scuffles with other dogs or have behaviour issues that could lead to injury or stress. Positive reinforcement training strengthens the bond with your dog and will reduce the chances of them getting into a fight with another dog while they’re out and about.

At the end of the day, your dog’s health is paramount. As such, you should still make sure you have the right pet insurance and take your dog to the vet when they need medical care. However, being prepared and using these tips could help you cut down on extra veterinary costs and limit visits, potentially saving you thousands on bills.

 

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I am a full-time mum of two kids and a beautiful golden retriever. Writing is my passion: from food journalism to pets, parenting tips, etc. I can write on just about everything under the sun. I have been writing for the past 7 years and during that time, I have been a regular contributor to several blogs and pet magazines. I have also written feature articles, POV pieces, and dabbled in a few different formats of writing over the years.