If you watch Animal Planet, you might be familiar with “Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet”. I watch this show because I love what they do and how they do it. Dr. Jeff has a staff of 30 but he has over 80,000 clients. They are amazing! Dr. Jeff provides affordable medical care for pets when owners are strapped for cash.
Affordable Medical Care For Pets – Is it Available?
MEDICAL CARE IS JUST PLAIN EXPENSIVE.
Medical care for pets is just as expensive as our medical care. The one thing that many people forget to consider when getting a pet is the cost of medical care. An annual visit to the vet, vaccinations, heartworm medications, among other maintenance medications tend to add up. Adding in the expense of food, a household can spend up to $1200 per year on one animal. I spend at least $2500.00 on my two dogs in one year.
There seems to be a large percentage of veterinary clinics that are in business to make money first, and help animals second. Vaccinations alone cost almost $100 per visit, some places charge more. I still think we over-vaccinate our pets, but veterinarians fight the anti-over-vaccination movement because a lot of their revenue comes from vaccinations.
This doesn’t include emergencies. My greyhound mix had a UTI and was passing blood. Unfortunately, the vet’s office was closed so I ended up going to the Vet ER. Thankfully I had the money set aside for an expense like this but what about people who don’t?
ANIMAL PLANET’S DR. JEFF IS A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR OTHER VETERINARIANS.
Enter Dr. Jeff at Planned Pethood Plus. He believes that People should have access to affordable medical care for pets. Dr. Jeff has set an example that other veterinary practices across the United States and the world need to follow. Planned Pethood Plus does procedures for a fraction of what many veterinary offices charge. Dr. Jeff believes that people shouldn’t have to go into debt to pay for their pet’s medical care.
Dr. Jeff’s staff of dedicated doctors and vet techs work long hours to help people and save animals. Some of the people that bring their pets to Planned Pethood Plus come from several states away. The story is always the same, the pet is hurt and they take it to a vet or a local ER. The cost of care for the pet is astronomical. Many people just can’t afford to pay those large sums and they don’t want to be forced to euthanize their pet. So many take a road trip to Colorado to see Dr. Jeff.
One of his staff members, Dr. Jeff Baier, has experience treating all kinds of animals. He once worked at a New York zoo and his experience with a huge variety of animals is an asset to Planned Pethood Plus. I’ve seen people bring in everything from pigs and possums, and varieties of reptiles and birds to Dr. Jeff Baier. He seems to always come up with a solution to a problem.
WHERE CAN WE FIND AFFORDABLE MEDICAL CARE FOR OUR PETS?
Most of us do not have a “Dr. Jeff” in our area so what do we do to obtain affordable medical care for pets. The Humane Society of the United States has a list of organizations that can help with veterinary expenses. This list is online and also available by state.
The Humane Society of the United States also suggests:
Working with your vet to make payments on your bill.
Go to another vet and get a second opinion.
Seek out a vet in a less expensive area.
Find a local veterinary school that may have discount services.
Everyone should have the opportunity to have pets and have access to affordable medical care for pets. I think one reason there are so many homeless animals is that many people can’t afford to keep them. If veterinary services were reasonable, it is likely that more pets would have homes.