Divide and Conquer Veterinary Bills

Protecting your pet with vaccines and preventatives is a big part of ensuring their safety and well being.  Bringing Fido in for rabies, distemper/parvo/parainfluenza/adenovirus, leptospirosis, bordetella, canine influenza, a stool sample, heartworm test, heartworm preventative, and flea/tick preventative can be a valuable yet pricey trip.  We understand that sometimes that chunk of change isn’t lying under the cushions your furry friend sleeps on, but fortunately we have a couple of tips to help split that cost and also save in the long run![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Step One

Opt for Proheart as your pet’s heartworm preventative.  This preventative option is unique in the fact that it is administered as a six month injection instead of a monthly pill/topical treatment.  Going with Proheart provides the benefit of avoiding missed or late dosing of your pet’s heartworm preventative so long as you come back in time for the next injection (side note: we will call and remind you).  We are all busy, late dosing on a preventative leaves your pet at risk, and trust us, mosquitoes don’t play the waiting game when it comes to biting us or our pets.

Step 2

Selecting Proheart has provided another benefit for your wallet.  You can choose to split your vaccinations and administer bordetella as well as the canine influenza during the second of the biyearly preventative injections.  You can even choose to split the cost of your flea and tick preventatives to purchase 6 months at a time to further disperse payment into smaller biyearly amounts.  If you really plan it out, you can perform the yearly stool sample at this time as well to get as close to even amounts as possible!  Keep in mind also, that because you have chosen Proheart, you pay NOTHING for your pet’s heartworm test (a $40 savings).

Step Awesome

With our new loyalty program, you can choose to use your rewards for being a client of ours during your second visit.  You can redeem a FREE nail trim at this time or even choose to save your points for something like a FREE examination or 15% off an entire invoice!

Choosing this option also has the benefit of putting your pet in front of one of our amazing doctors more often which is great for health maintenance!

When Your Commission is Healthy Pets and Smiles (and you absolutely love it)

By: Ryan Snodgrass

For some pet owners, scheduling a yearly visit for their dog or cat can be a stressful situation. Some have just purchased a house, some are sending their first child through college, some have the unexpected car repair bill to take care of.  Life is a crazy ride and we completely understand because we have been there too.

During your pet’s yearly appointment it is our job to go over all options and recommendations you have for your pet’s health. The amount of information covered in a brief span can obviously be an overwhelming conversation.  It is often difficult to toe the line of respecting busy schedules and ensuring our clients have a good grasp of their pet’s wellness.  Our staff members are trained to do just that to the best of their ability.

Because of those unexpected situations previously referred to, we never pass judgment if you can only perform the requirements by the county or if you only want to do a couple of our recommended tests/procedures. That does not however mean we will not explain our recommendations to you.  We want you to know the best value for flea/tick/heartworm preventions.  It is our job to make sure you are educated about your pet’s health.  It is not our goal to sell you everything possible, it is our goal to make sure you are educated about health offerings.  When humans go to the doctor they expect to leave informed about their health or their ailment.  We treat veterinary visits the same way.  The only thing we sell you on is our compassion for your pets because we truly care.

The tests and products we recommend are done so for a reason. It is not hocus pocus pocket padding nonsense.  If we offer or recommend something, it is because there is a need for it specifically for your pet or generally for all pets.

All in all, our veterinary visits are wholeheartedly positive experiences for patient, client, and staff member alike. We could not think of a better way to spend our day than helping an animal stay healthy or get healthy.  Contact any of our locations to set up your pet’s first positive experience at Peoria Area Veterinary Group.

National Immunization Month

by: Joni Bradshaw

Before working for Peoria Area Veterinary Group, I didn’t really think it was necessary to vaccinate your pets. I have two cats and only ever vaccinated them for rabies. Now that I have been working for the group for a little over two years I have learned that it is necessary to get all of the vaccinations. With August being National Immunization Awareness Month, I feel that it is a good time to notify people about the importance of vaccinating your pets.

My two cats’ names are Sami and Tafi and I love them to pieces, but as I said, rabies was the only vaccine that I even thought about vaccinating them for. Now, I wouldn’t imagine not doing all of the vaccinations. For indoor cats, it is recommended that you do rabies and RCPC. For outdoor cats, it is recommended that you do rabies, RCPC (which prevents rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and chlamydia), and feline leukemia. Since my cats are both indoor I do not vaccinate them for the feline leukemia.

Even though I currently do not have a dog, vaccinations for dogs are a lot more numerous. Dog vaccinations include the distemper, leptospirosis, rabies, bordetella, lyme and canine influenza. The distemper (abbr. DA2PP) prevents distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Leptospirosis is a bacterium that can damage your dog’s liver and kidneys, and bordetella is more widely known as “kennel cough”. These issues may seem unlikely, but vaccinating for them will most definitely help in the long run.

From working for PAVG for over two years now, there are people out there that feel that they don’t need to vaccinate their pets for anything besides rabies. It is painful to see animals come in with conditions (such as Parvo in puppies) that could have been prevented with recommended vaccinations. Rabies is an important vaccination of course, but the other vaccines should still be considered key yearly components to maintaining your pet’s safety!