Bill Sample / December 8, 2018 / Daphne Pope
Have you ever taken your car to the shop and said "Gee I dont have money to pay for that new transmission. Can I float you a loan?" or gone to the supermarket and said "Sorry I dont have enough money for this cart full of food. Can I pay you later?" It sounds harsh but veterinarians have businesses to run just like everybody else. And too many with good intentions and big hearts have gotten burned by offering "credit" or "payment plans" to non-paying clients. The result? Its virtually impossible to find a veterinarian willing to offer services today with payment tomorrow. Lets face it quality vet care isnt cheap. Think about it though--would you want it to be? Because if it was cheap--Id be worried. Because it would be your pets health that had to suffer! So how can pet owners save money on their veterinary bills? Pet insurance is one answer but there are many other tips that pet owners simply dont know about it.
It may be expected as when someone retires or it may be unexpected but you need to have a plan in place for when the relationship ends. It will be a much better parting of ways if you have a plan of action for how things will be handled. The whole reason for a good contract is to protect you but your contract can do much more than protect. You can weed out potential problem providers that will drive you crazy. If you are not in agreement with your providers on what each of you will be contributing to the relationship then the likelihood of the account going smoothly is very small. Dont make the mistake of skimping on an important part of your business that may save you from defending yourself in court down the road.
Have you taken your pet to the vet recently? Chances are if you did you spent a lot of money! Quality pet care isnt cheap--but we all know how important it is for the health of our four-legged family members. Today were blessed with many diagnostic tools and procedures that werent available years ago. Problem is all these advancements come with a large price tag. And pet owners are often caught in the middle. They love their pets like family members but sometimes cant afford to take them to the doctor or pay for life-saving procedures. As a veterinary technician its one of the hardest things I have to deal with on a daily basis. Here we are with all the tools and skills available to help a pet but the owner simply doesnt have the funds to pay.