11 Health Tips Every Pet Owner Should Know

08/10/2010 09:42 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Dr. Richard Palmquist Chief of Integrative Health Services at Centinela Animal Hospital, Inglewood California

Veterinary medicine care is becoming more and more sophisticated. Often columns such as this one concentrate on the newest drug or latest surgical advance. Things like pacemakers, kidney transplants, and stem cell therapy are amazing. They mark the progress of our ability in veterinary medicine to help more patients for longer periods of time, but advanced care can be an expensive, although worthwhile, endeavor. While it is neat to be able to help some of these serious illnesses, there are things that animal guardians can do which improve health and reduce disease likelihood, and if we know and do those things we can reduce our expenses while still keeping our quality of veterinary care high.

Simple Ways To Reduce Your Veterinary Bill

A good veterinary insurance policy can help save money or make more in-depth treatment possible, but you may be able to accomplish the same thing with a disciplined personal savings plan. This is a complex issue and consumers need to read policies and evaluate which company is best for their needs.

It takes hard work to be involved and engaged in your pet's care but by doing so the rewards are massive. Selecting veterinarians and other health care professions that are well informed, compassionate and willing to share information can change health care for everyone.

How do you create health and reduce disease in your animals? I'd love to hear your comments about veterinary insurance companies and stories that show amazing recoveries.