vet http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3241/all en-US Best Money Tips: Make Veterinary Bills More Affordable http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-veterinary-bills-more-affordable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-make-veterinary-bills-more-affordable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/veternarian-466058611-small.jpg" alt="vet" title="vet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="153" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on making veterinary bills more affordable, building a new job wardrobe on the cheap, and saving money when you move.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/13/13jul01e.cfm?slider">15 Ways to Make Veterinary Bills More Affordable</a> &mdash; To make veterinary bills more affordable, go to a college of veterinary medicine. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/new-job-wardrobe-cheap/">How to Build a New Job Wardrobe on the Cheap</a> &mdash; Paying attention to accessories and opting for quality can help you build a new job wardrobe without breaking the bank. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/save-money-when-you-move">How to Save Money When You Move</a> &mdash; If you are moving soon, save money by tossing, selling, or donating some of your stuff before you move. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/can-i-retire-early/">15 Reasons Why You Won't Be Able To Retire Early</a> &mdash; You may not be able to retire early if your structural living expenses are too high. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/could-it-be-worth-it-to-spend-more-money/">Could It Be Worth It to Spend More Money?</a> &mdash; It may be worth it to spend more money on shoes or appliances. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/save-money-when-you-move">4 Things to Think about BEFORE Your First Investment</a> &mdash; Before your first investment, consider whether or not you are ready to invest. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/how-to-spot-and-create-business-opportunities/">Staying Annoyed Screwed Me Out of a Fortune or How to Spot and Create (Business) Opportunities</a> &mdash; Changing your mindset from &quot;I need a job&quot; to &quot;I need income&quot; can help you spot and create business opportunities. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Increase-Energy-24632215">7 Ways to Boost Your Energy and Get More Done</a> &mdash; To boost your energy and get more done, clean your home and take a break. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/3-insurance-products-you-may-need-but-didnt-know-existed/">3 Insurance Products You May Need But Didn't Know Existed</a> &mdash; Did you know there's a thing called multiple birth insurance? [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/easy-last-minute-and-mostly-kid-friendly-dishes-to-take-to-your-summer-potlucks">Easy, Last-Minute (and Mostly Kid-Friendly) Dishes to Take to Your Summer Potlucks</a> &mdash; If you are headed to a summer potluck, consider bringing a snack mix or a store bought dessert in your own dish. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-make-veterinary-bills-more-affordable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-save-on-cat-care">7 Ways to Save on Cat Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-3-vet-visits">Pet Peeves Part 3: Vet Visits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-dog-is-ruining-your-credit-score">3 Ways Your Dog Is Ruining Your Credit Score</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-fit-with-your-dog">7 Ways to Get Fit With Your Dog</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips bills pets vet veterinary Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1154998 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Reduce Vet Bills http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-reduce-vet-bills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-reduce-vet-bills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pet-481457145.jpg" alt="cat" title="cat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on reducing vet bills, living without a car, and haggling for a better price on everything.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/13/13mar25e.cfm?slider">10 Ways to Reduce Vet Bills</a> &mdash; To reduce vet bills, shop smart for pet supplies and choose your vet wisely. [TheDollarStretcher.com]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/live-without-car/">How to live without a car</a> &mdash; Learning about delivery options and utilizing car-sharing can help you live without a car. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/how-to-haggle-for-a-better-price">How to Haggle for a Better Price on Almost Everything</a> &mdash; When it comes to haggling, remember that you are doing nothing wrong when you ask for a better price on something. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/5-great-reasons-to-get-out-of-debt/">5 Great Reasons to Get Out of Debt</a> &mdash; No longer having to pay interest is just one great reason to get out of debt. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Things-Do-San-Francisco-34438960">15 Free Things to Do in San Francisco</a> &mdash; Visiting Pier 39 is just one free thing you can do in San Francisco. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-curb-your-shopping-addiction-this-year/">How to Curb Your Shopping Addition This Year</a> &mdash; To curb your shopping addiction this year, identify your spending triggers. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/3-steps-spouse-on-board-goals/">3 Steps to Getting Your Spouse on Board with Your Goals</a> &mdash; Communicating with your spouse about your goals can help get him or her on board with your goals. [Retire By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/studying-online-can-save-money/">How Studying Online Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; Studying at home will eliminate the cost of expensive gasoline! [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/freelancers-avoid-huge-tax-bill/">3 Ways Self-Employed Freelancers Can Avoid a Huge Tax Bill</a> &mdash; Freelancers can avoid a huge tax bill by making quarterly tax payments. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-protect-your-family-from-poisons">How to Protect Your Family From Poisons</a> &mdash; Never refer to medicine as candy; this can confuse kids and turn medicine into a dangerous poison. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-reduce-vet-bills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-you-can-learn-from-your-pets">6 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Your Pets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-pet-costs-you-dont-see-coming">5 Pet Costs You Don&#039;t See Coming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living animals best money tips bills cat dog pets reduce vet Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:00:29 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1133952 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Simple Ways To Lower Vet Costs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-ways-to-lower-vet-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-simple-ways-to-lower-vet-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pet-4695321-small.jpg" alt="dog" title="dog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on simple ways to lower vet costs, financial rules every 30 year-old should know, and the worst holiday gifts.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.jeanchatzky.com/smart-spending/welcome-wednesday-simple-ways-to-lower-vet-costs/">Welcome Wednesday: Simple Ways To Lower Vet Costs</a> &mdash; To lower vet costs, consider taking your dog to the shelter for cheaper vaccinations as opposed to going to the vet where they will charge you more. [Jean Chatzky - Making Money Make Sense]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/30-financial-rules-for-30-year-olds/">30 Financial Rules That Every 30 Year-Old Should Know (or risk going broke)</a> &mdash; Every 30-year-old should know to invest in reliable transportation. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/12/02/the-worst-holiday-gifts">The Worst Holiday Gifts</a> &mdash; This holiday season, avoid giving religious or politically inappropriate gifts. [US News and World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/advice/7-ways-youre-setting-yourself-up-for-financial-failure/">7 Ways You&#39;re Setting Yourself Up for Financial Failure</a> &mdash; If your budget makes you cringe, you are probably setting yourself up for financial failure. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2013/12/why-is-saving-hard/">Why is Saving So Hard?</a> &mdash; Make saving a little less hard on yourself by setting reminders to save. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/dealing-debt-problems-dedicated/">Dealing with Debt Problems - Dedicated</a> &mdash; When dealing with debt problems, your first step of action should be to speak to someone who can help. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://studenomics.com/vacation/plan-your-epic-trip/">How You Can Be Your Own Travel Agent For Your Next Epic Trip</a> &mdash; Be your own travel agent for your next trip by writing down all the places you want to go. [Studenomics]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Christmas-Tree-Decorating-Tips-32523752">Staying Alive: A Tree-Trimmer&#39;s Survival Guide</a> &mdash; Try to get your tree in water as soon as you get it home. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-tips-for-dealing-with-stressful-nap-and-bed-times-for-toddlers">7 Tips for Dealing With Stressful Nap and Bedtimes for Toddlers</a> &mdash; To make nap and bedtime a little less stressful, remember that patience is important. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/are-your-ready-for-home-ownership/">Are You Ready For Home Ownership?</a> &mdash; When deciding if you are ready for home ownership, look at your credit score and your job stability. [How&#39;s Married Life?]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-simple-ways-to-lower-vet-costs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-you-can-learn-from-your-pets">6 Money Lessons You Can Learn From Your Pets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips cat dog pets vet Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:00:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1098942 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save Money on Vet Bills http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-vet-bills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-money-on-vet-bills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4015710342_e287499aec_z.jpg" alt="cat and vet" title="cat and vet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on vet bills, items you can buy cheaper online than in-store, and the worst money mistakes anyone can make.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2013/02/19/how-to-save-money-on-vet-bills/">How to save money on vet bills</a> &mdash; Pet-proofing your house can save you money on vet bills. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2013/02/7-items-that-are-cheaper-to-buy-at-amazon-than-in-store/">7 Items That are (Often) Cheaper to Buy Online Than In-store</a> &mdash; Did you know you can purchase water filters cheaper online than in stores? [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2010/05/the-ten-worst-money-mistakes-anyone-can-make.html">The Ten Worst Money Mistakes Anyone Can Make</a> &mdash; Not having an emergency fund is one of the worst money mistakes you can make. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5984288/how-can-i-stay-safe-while-traveling-alone?tag=travel">How Can I Stay Safe While Traveling Alone?</a> &mdash; When traveling alone, stay safe by selecting a hotel room on the third to fifth floor and dressing casually. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/learn-from-your-401k-statement/">6 Things You Can Learn From Your 401(k) Statement</a> &mdash; Your 401(k) statement will tell you your investment options and performance history. [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyinfant.com/10-ways-to-embrace-the-frugal-life/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MoneyInfant+%28Money+Infant%29">10 Ways to Embrace the Frugal Life</a> &mdash; Embrace the frugal life by using coupons and minimizing your auto expenses. [Money Infant]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Traffic-Tickets-Affect-Insurance-28181720">Will Traffic Tickets Affect Insurance Rates?</a> &mdash; If you have a good driving record, your rates might not go up with your first ticket. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2013/02/19/marrying-for-love-and-money/">Marrying for Love and Money</a> &mdash; When getting married, it is a good idea to take a look at how your spending habits compare to your significant others. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-benefits-of-sports-for-girls">5 Benefits of Sports for Girls</a> &mdash; Sports can help girls cultivate higher self-esteem. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/02/20/7-ways-to-stop-hurting-yourself/">7 Ways to Stop Hurting Yourself</a> &mdash; To stop hurting yourself, let go of the things that were never really there. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-money-on-vet-bills">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-watch-these-adorable-puppy-and-kitten-videos-and-learn-how-to-care-for-your-own">Wise Bread Reloaded: Watch These Adorable Puppy and Kitten Videos and Learn How to Care for Your Own, Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-dogs-facelift">My dog&#039;s facelift</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-can-buy-with-5000">What You Can Buy With $5,000</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips bills cat dog pets vet Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 968035 at http://www.wisebread.com Pet Peeves Part 3: Vet Visits http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-3-vet-visits <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/kitten.jpg" alt="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=seabreeze&amp;MORGUEFILE=90pv7lqva2471egn0hve7sbbl0" title="by Simon Jackson" width="283" height="188" /></p> <p>My animals are a pricey bunch. Cute, and sweet, but medically challenged. Between facial fold issues, allergies to grass (seriously, what kind of dog is allergic to <em>grass</em>?), and a cat with apparent manic depression, we&#39;ve spent a lot of time at the vet&#39;s office, at a few hundred bucks a pop. </p> <p>The last thing that my dog managed to come down with was a grass seed between his toes. He never gave any sign of distress, and I only noticed it when the other dog started sniffing at the wound. Apparently this is common, and you probably won&#39;t see it until it swells up and starts bleeding.</p> <p>The thing is, most of my animals&#39; health issues are annoying and probably painful, but not deadly. And they always occur on a Saturday night, meaning that I have to wait until Monday morning to get them seen by a vet, unless I want to take the to the emergency hospital, which is twice the price of the regular vet.</p> <p>I&#39;ve stopped going to the emergency hospital because I&#39;ve learned to combat pet problems, at least the ones that send us to the emergency room, by being prepared.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Ounce of prevention, pound of cure </strong></p> <p>Here&#39;s a list of things that I keep on hand to keep my animals out of the vet&#39;s office:</p> <ul> <li>A solid pair of <strong>rubber gloves</strong>, especially if you have to peform some first aid on a cat. Cats don&#39;t like you trying to fix them. Actually, cats just don&#39;t like you. Nothing personal. They&#39;re cats.</li> <p> <li>A regular <strong>first aid kit</strong> can do wonders, if you don&#39;t want to go to the trouble of buying gauze and butterfly bandages separately.</li> <p> <li>Good pair of <strong>tweezers</strong>, for removing ticks, pulling out splinters, etc.</li> <p> <li>One of those <strong>head-cones</strong>. You never know when you&#39;re going to have to stop your dog from chewing on his butt or licking a wound. Yes, he will look stupid running around the house with one of those things on. Too damn bad.</li> <p> <li><strong>Baby wipes</strong>. I think anyone who is alive should keep these onhand, pets or no pets. They are incredibly handy.</li> <p> <li><strong>Neosporin</strong>, for small scrapes and scratches.</li> <p> <li><strong>Skin-cooling spray</strong> or cream. Hydrocortisone is good, or you can use something with soothing chamomile. Scalpicin works fine, too.</li> <p> <li><strong>Hydorgen peroxide</strong>, for cleaning small wounds, such as the ones caused by an exiting grass seed.</li> <p> <li>A damn good pair of <strong>electric clippers</strong>, for trimming the hair around a wounded area.</li> <p> <li><strong>Pepto-Bismol tablets</strong>, for diarrhea. I give two to each dog almost anytime they get runny. Also, egg yolks and yogurt, which are eaten by adventurers the world over to combat traveler&#39;s diarrhea, are a great way to plug up a pooch that has a slight stomach upset, as long as you feel that the source of the upset isn&#39;t dangerous. For instance, switching (non-contaminated) food brands. Don&#39;t get the idea that you can give your pets <a href="http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=0&amp;cat=2041&amp;articleid=3473">any kind of human medication</a>, because you can&#39;t. </li> <p> <li>Particularly flatulent mutts can be treated with <strong>sweet potatoes</strong>, according to <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/read/home-remedies-for-your-pets_20070330">this home remedy</a> from Itchmo.</li> <p> <li><strong>Flea shampoo</strong> and flea treatments. I don&#39;t use these as regularly as some people do, but I keep them around, just in case an infestation occurs. It&#39;s very rare for us, but good to be ready if it happens.</li> <p> <li><strong>Pet meds</strong>. If your pet regularly takes medication, don&#39;t fall behind in providing them. It can mean the difference between happy and healthy, and sitting at the pet hospital at 3AM and <a href="/canadians-try-to-kill-your-pets-pet-food-recall#comment-11224">getting angry at bloggers</a>. [Not that I&#39;m suggesting the Kirk wasn&#39;t giving his dog his meds or anything.]</li> <p> <li>My vet recommends <strong>Benadryl</strong> for the times when my shih tzu has a massive allergy attack. Most human meds aren&#39;t good for dogs, and you should obviously check with yours before giving anything to your dog. Benadryl seems to be widely accepted for allergy treatments, however.</li> <p> <li><strong>Treats</strong>. Dogs (and some cats) will forgive you for popping a huge cyst on their foot if a treat immediately follows.</li> <p> <li>Lots and lots of <strong>towels</strong>. You can never have too many towels.</li> </ul> <p class="sub-heading"><strong>Pet Insurance</strong></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/animal_kingdom_harmony.jpg" alt=" " width="299" height="197" /></p> <p>The discussion over pet insurance is a long and tedious one, and I can&#39;t crunch the numbers for anyone else. Since pet insurance doesn&#39;t cover any pre-existing conditions, I haven&#39;t seen any reason to buy it (for my two pups, it would cost me roughly $100 a month with zero coverage of their current problems). I know that very serious diseases can be a problem later on, but I&#39;ve already decided that I&#39;m not going to let me dogs suffer through harsh treatments for something like cancer. That&#39;s my personal decision, and I don&#39;t expect anyone to agree with it.</p> <p><em>Kitten picture by </em><a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=seabreeze&amp;MORGUEFILE=90pv7lqva2471egn0hve7sbbl0"><em>Simon Jackson</em></a><em>.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-3-vet-visits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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