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Pet Care in 2022

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How to Plan for the Year Ahead

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Each new year bring a renewed hope for a stressless amazing year. Since the emergence of COVID, some of that is a longing for the way things used to be before mask wearing, travel bans, and limitations on previously easy to get things (appointments, cars, homes, groceries, etc). We also take this time to reflect on our own lives and start planning for the year. Making commitments to ourselves, weight loss, eating healthy etc. Some people include financial goals and planning into their new year planning. I would encourage all of you to include your pets into your planning. This is a good time to consider how you will manage a major medical accident or illness.

This could be looking into getting pet insurance or start a medical savings account for your pet and making regular deposits into this account. I know it isn’t as fun as planning a vacation or looking into a new car but I promise you will be so glad you have a plan and finances available before you need it. I will list some common emergencies and estimated costs so you can get an idea of how much money you will need access to:

  1. Small intestinal obstruction $3,500-4,500 for an uncomplicated surgery and hospitalization
  2. Toxin ingestion: $700- $2,000+ depending on the type of material ingested
  3. Gastric bloat and torsion: $4,500-$6,000
  4. Fractured limb: $3,000- $5,000

These are just common accidents that happen and associated costs. What if you dog develops cancer? Needs its gallbladder removed? Needs advanced treatment for arthritis or other chronic conditions.

As we start planning for the new year, consider incorporating financial planning for your pets. It will make an emergency or new diagnosis a little easier for you to bear if you know that you have access to finances for testing and treatment.

I wish you all the best in 2022![/vc_column_text][/trx_section][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1533135180690{margin-top: 40px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1533134942241{background-color: #d9ae4c !important;}”][trx_title type=”2″ align=”left” color=”#f6f2e4″ left=”20″ right=”20″]About Dr. Eileen Savier[/trx_title][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1533135315368{padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;}”]Dr. Eileen SavierBarks & Recreation is proud to feature Dr. Eileen Savier CVA, CVCH as our Veterinary Blogger in our “From the Vet” Series. Currently part of the team of doctors at Keystone Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Savier is a 2012 Graduate of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, She completed her clinical experience at The Ohio State University and after veterinary school she pursued further education and certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Fear Free veterinary visits. Dr. Savier has a special interest in integrative medicine, animal behavior, and internal medicine and is committed to improving animal health care by integrating Eastern and Western philosophies. She enjoys working with fearful & aggressive dogs and cats and she has had additional training in low stress handling techniques and encourages positive reinforcement during exams and procedures. Her clinical interests include pain management, animal behavior, geriatric patient care, and internal medicine. Dr. Savier is a member of the following associations:

Dr. Savier shares her home with two (soon to be three) dogs, two cats, and a toddler. She lovingly refers to her two dogs as Coconut Retrievers as they were rescue dogs she brought home from the island of St. Kitts. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and planning her next Disney vacation.

Join us every month for Dr. Savier’s “From the Vet” series to get more information related to the health and welfare of your furry family members![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]