Veterinary Care Plans: What Are Veterinary Care Plans and Should You Want One?

Shortly after I saw a couple of my veterinary friends announcing this service, our vet informed us about this opportunity with his clinic as well. Very cool.

Veterinary Care Plans: What Are Veterinary Care Plans and Should You Want One?

What is a veterinary care plan?

It might come under different labels, our plan is called FVH Family Plans for Your Pet’s Health. Veterinary care plans are managed care plans versus the conventional fee for service models.

Veterinary Care Plans

Crudely put, it is a subscription type of thing to veterinary services.

It is especially valuable for dogs with chronic health issues, such as Jasmine was.

The expense of basic health care for your dog spreads out over a year. It permits more visits for a predictable cost, without economics driving the decision whether you can take your dog to a vet or not.

Often enough I’ve seen people put off a vet visit for financial reasons.

Neglecting health checks exams, or having a symptom looked into, can result in serious health problems and substantially larger expense later on. Skimping on vet visits just isn’t a good idea.

Veterinary care plan allows you to do right by your dog without the financial pressure.

What can a veterinary plan look like?

Our vet is offering two plans.

A primary plan includes per year

  • up to 12 visits
  • monthly roundworm prevention
  • webstore access
  • 4 urine health screening tests
  • vaccinations

A premier plan includes per year

  • up to 12 visits
  • monthly roundworm prevention
  • webstore access
  • 4 urine health screening tests
  • vaccinations
  • anemia/leukemia blood tests
  • kidney tests
  • liver tests
  • diabetes tests
  • 50% discount on spay/neuter or alternatively teeth cleaning and oral prophylaxis

Did we get on the veterinary care plan wagon?

We certainly did. We chose the premier plan. I think it is well worth it, particularly with Jasmine who, I am sure, will use up all of the 12 included visits (I’m just hoping she doesn’t manage to use them all up in one month!)

The plan allows to pay for the entire year up front and get one month free, or monthly billing. The monthly billing works best for us but I was surprised how many people actually opted for the upfront payment.

What’s the point of so many visits included in the plan?

Did you ever wait too long to take your dog to the vet with a minor issue which then turned into a big problem? Sometimes even a simple infection can get quite bad quite quickly.

Early detection and management of problems of a chronic nature such as obesity have been shown conclusively to prolong and improve the quality of life. Some problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, cognitive degeneration are best detected early and may require several visits to get the best balance of medications and supplements because dogs do respond as individuals.

Since the paperwork for our plan emphasizes this repeatedly, I should probably as well: this is not insurance, it is really a subscription sort of thing to routine health care for your dog.

Is it worth it? I definitely think so.

Does your vet offer a veterinary care plan?

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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