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Pet Health Care Costs Too High? Some Tips to Save

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Christina Ford runs up a big tab caring for seven cats, including 21-year-old Homer. "I think a lot of where the expense comes from is the geriatrics."

That's why she takes care of some health needs at home. "This is the fluid bag Homer gets every night. And I wash the ears and eyes with these two here."

There are ways to save without compromising your pet's health. Trimming your pet's nails and cleaning their ears and eyes at home can cut costs and prevent infection.

But - don't skip your pet's yearly wellness visit and blood tests at the vet. "The more maintenance we can do, the more you'll save in the long run," says Dr. Erin Dockery.

And filling a prescription somewhere else could mean big savings. Pet prescription programs at places like Walgreens and Target can put hundreds of dollars back in your wallet. "You can actually get prescriptions $4 a month, for even as little as $9, $10 for 90 days."

Ford goes online for savings. But, Dr. Dockery says internet sites can be risky. "There is too many out there for us to be able to quality control."

Ford says keeping her cats healthy is what's important. "I'm not going to not give them the medical care they need. It is like a child."

Ford recommends other pet owners do what she did - find a vet who will work with you to save money.

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