Wellness plans are 'packages' of routine vet care services at a discounted rate. Today, our Douglasville Veterinary Hospital team discusses the benefits of wellness plans, and some things to take into consideration.
Benefits Of Wellness Plans
Ideally, every pet owner would have insurance for their pets, but there are a number of things to take into account. Factors such as cost, type of coverage, and your pet's health can all greatly affect your monthly payments.
Additionally, many pet insurance plans don't cover preventive and wellness care like vet wellness checks and routine vaccinations, which are especially important for maintaining your pet's health and avoiding costly procedures and treatments in the first place.
Convenience & Budgeting
Since Wellness Plans are 'bundles' of veterinary services, that could mean less of a financial burden when you bring your pet in for their vet-recommended preventive care services. This payment option enables more pet parents to afford comprehensive vet care and avoid potentially expensive treatment costs from preventable conditions going undiagnosed.
- Can be paid monthly or annually
- Usually includes discounts on certain products and services
- Makes budgeting for pet care easier
Customization & Flexibility
At Douglasville Veterinary Hospital, our Wellness Plans cover canine companions and feline friends of all sizes, shapes, and ages. With options for small, medium, large, XL, giant dogs, and cats, wellness plans offer a range of preventive annual and biannual wellness procedures (e.g. wellness exams, bloodwork, parasite testing). As your vet team gets to know your unique pet, they will be able to recommend wellness plans to keep them happy and healthy - and potentially spare your wallet in the long run.
Animals with special needs such as senior cats and dogs, new puppies and kittens, and pets with chronic or recurring issues benefit from routine vet care including early detection screenings, important preventive vaccinations, and physical examinations.
Potential Downsides Of Wellness Plans
As with just about any decision, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing whether a wellness plan is right for you.
Frequency Of Use
It may seem counter-intuitive to subscribe to a wellness plan if your pet is young, healthy, or otherwise seems fine. Although for most, it is better to have coverage and not need it than otherwise, we understand that healthcare decisions - whether for humans or their companion animals - are intensely personal and should be made with the patient's best care in mind, with the advice of a medical professional.
Need For Supplemental CoverageJust as it is important to know what pet insurance does and does not cover, you should be aware of what your vet clinic's wellness plans cover. Wellness plans are for ongoing preventive and wellness care from your veterinary team and do not cover illness, surgeries, or other emergency or chronic healthcare needs. Ultimately, discussing your pet's needs and your budget openly and honestly with your veterinarian can be a good opportunity to find out more about what could suit you and your pet best.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.