If you’re trying to be a responsible pet owner, there always seems to something to do! Worming, flea treatment, annual vaccinations… the list can seem endless. And, of course, keeping your pet in good health isn’t always cheap - the most effective preventative medicines are often the more expensive ones. Yes it’s worth it for your pet’s continued good health, but is there an easier, more convenient, or (even!) cheaper option?
What is preventative health?
We use the term “preventative health” to describe all those things we do or give to a pet to reduce the chances of them developing diseases. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure - and it really is, plus it’s cheaper. Here at Hampton Park Vets, “preventative health” includes the following:
● Flea and tick treatment
● Prevention of roundworm, tapeworm and (for dogs) lungworm.
● Vaccination for dogs against Parvovirus, Distemper (Hardpad), Infectious Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Kennel Cough.
● Vaccination for cats against Cat Flu and Panleukopenia (Feline Infectious Enteritis).
● Neutering (to prevent prostate disease and testicular cancer in the boys, and breast cancer and pyometra in the girls).
Of course, there are other important elements of preventative health as well. For example, providing a balanced and nutritious diet, and regular checkups to make sure there aren’t any problems starting.
The trouble is that the cost can build up over a while...
Have you considered our Pet Health Club?
The Pet Health Club is a way of spreading the cost of preventative health treatments over the year. This means that instead of having to pay for things as they’re due, you have a regular, set, monthly payment that covers all the essential elements - vaccinations, flea, tick and worm parasite treatments, nail trims, and 6-monthly health check-ups. We’ll even send you convenient reminders of when to administer preventative treatments!
But that’s not all - the Club also offers you discounted neutering for puppies and kittens, and 10% off all pet food bought through the practice!
I have pet insurance - do I need it?
Yes - pet insurance doesn’t cover routine, preventative treatments. It’s there for accident or illness, but not for the regular things like worm or flea treatments, or vaccines. That said, many insurance policies are in fact void and will not pay out if you haven’t kept your pet’s vaccinations, flea and worm treatment up to date! So missing out these treatments and relying on pet insurance if your furry friend does develop an infectious or parasitic disease might backfire...
How much will it cost?
The prices are worked out based on your pet’s age and weight (their adult weight, for the puppy and kitten plans). So, there’s a Puppy or Kitten plan, an Adult Dog or Cat plan, and a Senior Dog or Cat Plan. On average, though, dog owners will save almost £114, and cat owners just under £67, every year.
You can see the full price breakdown here.
How do I join?
It’s really easy! Pop into any of our surgeries (Salisbury, Downton, or Ringwood) and talk to our friendly reception team. You’ll need to bring with you your bank details, but it’s just one form to be filled out, and then you’re all set!
Bottom line - is it worth it?
Prevention of disease is the way forward - although many infectious and parasitic diseases can now be treated, there are always some animals which don’t respond. It’s also a lot more expensive, and much, much more worrying and stressful for you and your pet. The preventative medications our vets recommend will be tailored for your pet, their life-stage and lifestyle, and will minimise the chances of illness.
You also save money compared to doing everything “a la carte” - so what’s not to like?!
Keeping your pet healthy is a huge responsibility - but the Pet Health Club can help make it more convenient and cheaper. It’s the savvy thing to do if you care for your pet and your wallet!