Budget-Friendly Pet Parenthood: Navigating Affordable Vet Care Options

Budget-Friendly Pet Ownership

Pet ownership, at first glance, doesn’t seem like it would be that expensive. Food, shots, and a few toys are usually the first purchases when a new pet joins the family — from kittens to puppies to rabbits and beyond.

Of course, the cost of even those basic necessities fluctuates. Recent research suggests the cost of pet food has increased significantly since the pandemic and the cost of veterinary care has also increased year over year. 

But, there are ways to adopt a budget-friendly approach to pet parenthood and it begins with finding low-cost spay and neuter options, low-cost dental care for your pet, and low-cost vet care. Even though those all might sound like a fairytale, especially when hearing about astronomical expenses that friends or family endure for their pets, it is possible.

At Dr. Kelly’s Vet, we believe pet ownership should be affordable. That’s why we are committed to offering low-cost pet surgeries and affordable dental care. Even emergencies shouldn’t be financially disastrous. 

But, it’s important to remember that preventative care is one way to help mitigate potentially costly conditions in the future.

Committing To Preventative Care

While the actual financial cost to spay or neuter an animal can range drastically, from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000, the long-term physical health benefits from the procedure could help offset more significant costs in the future. Dogs and cats that don’t get spayed or neutered are at higher risk of developing costly, chronic conditions as well as some types of cancer.

The cost of surgical intervention or treatment for those conditions far outpaces the upfront cost of a spay or neuter procedure. And at Dr. Kelly’s Vet, we specialize in offering low-cost spay and neuter services, to help pet owners keep costs down.  

By adopting an approach to pet ownership that includes a commitment to preventative care, dogs and cat owners have a better chance at avoiding the burden of costly procedures. That goes for procedures and check-ups that address physical health as well as dental health. 

Just as in humans, dogs and cats benefit greatly from regular dental cleanings, which is also a service we offer at Dr. Kelly’s Vet. By offering affordable dental cleanings for dogs and cats, we help pet owners keep costs down in the short and long term.

Preventative dental care helps manage the all-too-common periodontal disease that dogs and cats experience, and it helps pet owners avoid experiencing costly dental bills if infections or other complications develop. In addition, untreated dental problems can lead to other health conditions that can affect the kidneys, liver, and heart.

Of course, it’s also helpful to commit to a dental hygiene routine at home, in between cleanings by a veterinarian. Preventative care, from every angle, helps pet owners stick to a budget they can afford. 

Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit is a trusted veterinary team serving the Phoenix, Peoria, East Mesa, and Tucson metro areas, with accessible locations in each market, offering highly specialized surgery, quality spay and neuter procedures, and accessible dental care for pets. Contact us to learn more about our specialized services or to schedule an appointment.

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