Saturday, February 24, 2007

How To Avoid Getting Overcharged By Your Vet. Part 2

4. Vaccines - NOT Every Year:

This tip alone will save you money, and help your pet live longer:
Your pet does NOT need to be vaccinated yearly. Vaccines have a longer duration of immunity than 1 year. Have your puppy or kitten vaccinated - this is the time when they are most at risk. Get them boosters at 1 year. After that, give them vaccines only every 3 years - and ONLY vaccinate for what they need in your area.

STOP all vaccines between the ages of 10-12 years:

In the area where I live, we are now only vaccinating for the diseases that we see. NOT for the white elephants – the diseases that have a 1 in a million chance of ever showing up.
ASK your Vet about their vaccine protocols. If they are not with the “vaccinating less often program”, consider switching Vets. It will be healthier for your pet and your pocket book.

5. Be Preventative:

Do not wait until your bundle of fur's health gets very serious to visit your vet.
You should be performing weekly at home exams on your pet.
You can use my free e-book: The At Home Pet Health Exam, in which I teach you how to examine, diagnose and treat your pet at home. It is available by going to my site at.. Veterinary Secrets Revealed and signing up for my complimentary 7-day E-course and newsletter. I still advise utilizing your veterinarian.

Getting an annual checkup is probably a good idea, especially if you have an older pet:

Have your Vet confirm a diagnosis, but then ASK about all the available options for solving your pet’s health problem. You should have your pet spayed or neutered. Spayed females have a lower cancer risk and neutered males are not as aggressive and have fewer prostate problems. Costs for cats and dogs range from $80 to $300. You may be able to get the surgery for less if you check out your local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, at

6. What is going in your Pet’s Mouth?

After surgical procedures, food was the second most expensive item for pet owners.
Individually, Americans spent about $250 a year on food for their pets.
That is almost a $15 billion industry. I firmly believe that a BIG key to avoid the excess Veterinary expenses is by feeding your pet the BEST quality food you can.
Diet is one of the BIG KEYS to a healthy pet.

In days gone by, dogs and cats survived on prey that they hunted. Cats seldom drank water as most moisture came from the dead bird or mouse.
Dogs chewed on bones and in the process kept their teeth clean. Pets have moved from the wilderness to the living room. They now wait (or demand) that we humans feed them. They feast on ready to eat packaged foods, and in some cases, this may be harming your pet.
Some symptoms of less than natural diets include bad breath, itchy skin, dull dry coats, and intestinal gas.

A common disease that can be attributed to diet is diabetes in cats.
Commercial pet food does not always provide all of the nutrients that some dogs and cats need to be healthy at different times in their lives.
This food also contains things that your pet does not need, such as chemical additives and preservatives.

An example of a preservative that is commonly found is propylene glycol. It is used to keep moist pet foods fresh. It has been linked to anemia and bloat.
One of the single most important things you can do for your pet’s health is to feed a more natural diet. I have seen natural diets improve allergies, arthritis, diabetes, chronic vomiting and diarrhea.

If you are to use a commercial food, here are some tips to check for quality:
1. Ingredients are listed in descending order. The first ingredient should be an animal-based protein.
2. The entire protein should be listed first. Avoid foods that list by-products. Avoid those that list the food fractions – i.e. wheat middlings or corn gluten instead of the whole grain. These ingredients are leftovers from the human food processing and do not provide the best nutrition.

3. Look for natural preservatives: These include Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Vitamin E and mixed Tocopherols. Avoid Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT and propylene glycol.
4. Avoid foods with artificial flavor enhancers, such as phosphoric acid.
5. Avoid artificial colors. These include azo, azo dyes, and sodium nitrite.
6. Essential fatty acids must be added – this is of utmost importance for allergies, arthritis and cancer prevention.

7. It should also contain additional antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C and flavanoids. Some of the Commercial Pet Foods that I recommend are:
All of Those from Natura Pet Products: Innova, California Natural, Karma, HealthWise
Wysong, Solid Gold, Nutro Ultra Holistic Nutrition, Flint River Ranch
Azmira Holistic Animal Care LifeStyle. I am of the opinion that you should consider adding in Raw Food as a portion of your pet’s diet.

I also believe that the healthiest food is that which you make at home - i.e. homemade diets. I give you several examples in my book, Veterinary Secrets Revealed at.. Veterinary Secrets Revealed

7. Pet Insurance – A Scam?

The entire insurance industry gives me the ‘heebie jeebies’- and Pet Insurance companies are NO different. Decide first if you REALLY NEED Pet Insurance.
Unless you cannot resist a breed with chronic problems, pet insurance will probably cost you more money than it will save you. As with human health insurance, you'll pay deductibles, co-pays, and premiums, and you may bump up against lifetime payment ceilings if you own a chronically ill pet. In addition, you might find some needed treatments are excluded from coverage.

Some policies also limit the amount they will pay per incident and may make you pay more as your pet ages. For example, with PetCare's QuickCare Gold policy for dogs, you could pay $36 monthly premiums for coverage for a 3-month-old bearded collie. If that pooch needs $3,000 pacemaker surgery next year, you'll have to pay a $50 deductible, after which the plan pays 100 percent (up to a limit of $3,000) of your costs.

In this case, this is not a bad deal, because you will have paid just more than $430 in premiums. However, if the surgery occurs after that dog turns 8 years old, the plan will only pay 80 percent of your costs and you'll be out about $3,500 in premiums. If you want to set aside money for future medical bills, you might do better by putting the amount you would pay in premiums into a savings account.

Veterinarians like Pet Insurance in that the clients can actually afford to do what is recommended. But, if you and your pet end up at a “corporate” practice, BIG DOLLAR signs might start flashing as soon as they see your pet is insured.
All of a sudden they could be advising your pet has a host of diagnostic tests, which the insurance company may cover now - but you’ll likely see your premiums rise the next year.

8. DON’T Buy Your Medication From Your Vet:

Medication is expensive - and it’s marked up a lot at your vet. The markups range from 50% to 125% PLUS the prescription Fee. There are many ways to save money on pet medications. First, ask your vet about a drug's cost and find out if it is available through pharmacies.
Your local drug store may offer it at a much cheaper price. Also, ask your vet about lower-priced generic medications that would be appropriate.

In addition to your local pharmacy, check veterinary-medication prices at,, and You have the right to ask your veterinarian for prescriptions that you can fill elsewhere, as well as medical records for your pet, which can be a big help if you decide to consult another vet for a second opinion.

9. The Referral Expense:

If your pet becomes seriously ill, you may need a specialist. Ask your vet to recommend at least two specialists so you can compare treatment quotes and options. Alternatively, contact the nearest veterinary medical school teaching hospital for a specialist or a referral to one in your area. An initial consultation will likely cost $75 to $100. Get an estimate of all costs including surgery, treatments, and any lifelong medications that will be required. You'll also want to know about the prognosis for survival and the pet's expected quality of life.

Approach your specialist in much the same way you would approach your local veterinarian.
ASK a lot of Questions. ASK why this Specific Diagnostic test is needed.
ASK so what would happen if you get “X” diagnosis. How does this test change the treatment?
Specialists have expensive practices to run, they pay themselves more, so they charge A LOT. Make sure that you are as informed as possible about everything that is happening to your pet.

10. Become an Empowered Pet Owner:

The BIGGEST Key to avoid getting taken advantage of by any Veterinarian is by being an involved and empowered pet owner. Take Charge of Your pet’s health care.
You know your pet better that anyone else. How well do you think a Veterinarian can get to know your pet with a 15 minute visit once a year? In my newsletter, Veterinary Secrets, the one big thing that I talk about over and over again is how you as a concerned pet owner can begin caring for your pet at home today!

You can learn about how to examine, diagnose and heal your pet with my book at Veterinary Secrets Revealed You can begin to offer treatment options such as herbs, Homeopathics, Acupressure and Massage, that most Veterinarians won’t even consider. You can begin to practice preventive health care with your pet.

Let’s use allergies as an example:

Many of you have allergic pets.
Your vet has likely prescribed a steroid. They work, the stop the itching fast, BUT they have serious side effects and the itching usually comes back. After utilizing my course, you will know the specifics of first eliminating external parasites as a cause.
You will then be able to perform a proper food elimination trial.

You will begin to add in supplements to decrease the intensity of the itch.
You may try a Chinese Herbal combination that can eliminate the itch WITHOUT steroids.
This is ONLY one small example - but do you see how you can take charge of your pet’s health care and have a happier healthier pet? You can do it today. I hoped you enjoyed my special report - I enjoyed writing it!
If you haven’t yet checked out my book, you can go to.. Veterinary Secrets Revealed and read about all that it can do to improve your dog or cat’s health.

It's Your Pet - Heal Them At Home!

Obinna Heche: Los Angeles- California

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