At Brogli, Lane, Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital, we bundle commonly used vet care services into a Wellness Plan at a discounted rate. Today, our Murfreesboro vets explain the advantages of Wellness Plans and some things to consider.
Benefits of Wellness Plans
Ideally, every pet owner would be able to purchase insurance to cover their pets. However, there are several factors to consider, such as cost, which type of coverage your pet needs, and your pet's health at the time of starting policy. These can all greatly impact your monthly payments.
Pet owners should also keep in mind that many pet insurance plans don't include preventive and wellness care services such as routine vaccinations and vet checkups, both of which play critically important roles in maintaining your pet's health and avoiding costly procedures and treatments in the first place.
Convenience & Budgeting
Think of a Wellness Plan as a package of veterinary services bundled at a discounted rate, which leaves you with less financial pressure to deal with when scheduling your pet's vet-recommended preventive care services. With this payment option, more pet parents are able to manage the cost of comprehensive vet care and avoid potentially expensive treatment costs due to preventable conditions going undiagnosed.
Here are a few advantages of Pet Wellness Plans:
- Typically includes discounts on specific products and services
- Can be paid monthly or annually
- Makes budgeting for pet care easier
Customization & Flexibility
At Brogli, Lane, Weaver & Alexander Animal Hospital, our Pet Wellness Plans are catered to canine companions and feline friends of all sizes, shapes, and ages. Most veterinary wellness plans have options for small, medium, large, XL, and giant dogs, as well as cats.
These packages 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 like senior cats and dogs, young 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.
What Are Some 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 sign up for a wellness plan if your pet is young, healthy, or otherwise seems fine. Most of the time, it is better to have coverage and not need it than vice versa, but your vet team understands healthcare decisions - whether for humans or their companion animals - are personal and should be made with the patient's best care in mind.
Just 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.