At Bullard Animal Hospital, commonly used vet care services are packaged into wellness plans and offered at a discounted rate. Today, our Austell vets explain the advantages of pet wellness plans and list some items to take into consideration.
Benefits Of Wellness Plans
While every pet owner would have insurance for their pet under ideal circumstances, there are several considerations for pet parents to think about. Factors such as type of coverage, your pet's health status at the time the policy starts and cost for your specific plan can all greatly impact your monthly payments.
In addition, many pet insurance plans don't cover preventive and wellness care services such as routine vaccinations and vet checkups, which are critical to maintaining your pet's health and avoiding costly procedures and treatments in the first place.
Convenience & Budgeting
Since veterinary services are bundled into Wellness Plans, this means you may feel less financial pressure when taking your pet in for the preventive care services their vet will likely recommend. By using this payment option, more pet parents can afford comprehensive vet care and avoid potentially expensive treatment costs as a result of preventable conditions going undiagnosed.
- Can be paid monthly or annually
- Typically includes discounts on certain products and services
- Makes it easier to budget for pet care
Customization & Flexibility
Cat and dog Wellness Plans from Bullard Animal Hospital are designed for feline friends and canine companions of all ages, shapes and sizes. Most veterinary wellness plans have options for small, medium, large, extra-large and giant dogs, in addition to cats. These packages offer a selection of preventive annual and biannual wellness procedures (e.g. wellness exams, parasite testing, bloodwork). As your vet team becomes familiar with your unique pet, they'll be able to recommend wellness plans to keep them happy and healthy - and potentially save your wallet from a big hit long-term.
Senior cats and dogs and other animals with special needs, as well as young puppies and kittens and pets with recurring or chronic issues benefit from routine vet care, including important preventive vaccinations, physical examinations and early detection screenings.
What Are Some Potential Downsides Of Wellness Plans?
As with just about any decision, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing whether a wellness plan is right for you.
Frequency Of Use
It may seem counter-intuitive to sign up for a wellness plan if your pet is young, healthy, or otherwise seems fine. Most of the time, it is better to have coverage and not need it than vice versa, but your vet team understands healthcare decisions - whether for humans or their companion animals - are personal and should be made with the patient's best care in mind.
Additional CoverageJust as it is important to know what pet insurance does and does not cover, you should be aware of what your vet clinic's wellness plans cover. Wellness plans are for ongoing preventive and wellness care from your veterinary team and do not cover illness, surgeries, or other emergency or chronic healthcare needs. Ultimately, discussing your pet's needs and your budget openly and honestly with your veterinarian can be a good opportunity to find out more about what could suit you and your pet best.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.