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Its getting more and more expensive to own a pet and make sure it has proper medical care. This is especially true in the first 6 to 8 months and thats just for a healthy pet. Should your new puppy or kitten become ill the costs can be astronomical.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

One way to avoid major illness is to bring your pet in frequently for wellness checks especially in the first months.

Is a better way to achieve this goal a Wellness Plan? These plans are already heavily promoted in certain corporate veterinary practices and now are beginning to be seen in private practices around the country.

The way these plans work is that all routine testing, exams, vaccines and worming are covered for a monthly fee. This fee is automatically debited from the clients account by a third party.

Do pet owners prefer this way of caring for their pets? It would seem to lessen the pain of the cost of veterinary care because the cost would be spread over a 12 month period. It would certainly encourage regular visits as recommended in the first months; and, by doing so, prevent problems from becoming more severe, and so, more expensive.

Do clients want to manage costs in this way? I would like to hear from pet owners by contacting us by e-mail at hvhguest@optonline.net.

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