Monday, April 30, 2018

4 Ways to Save Money When Buying Pet Meds

Buying long-term pet medications can be really expensive, but are often necessary to treat certain health conditions in dogs. While medical care for dogs is increasingly becoming more and more expensive, loving pet parents are desperately looking for ways to cut the cost. To make matters worse, most pet insurance (if you have one) doesn’t cover the cost of OTC drugs. For reference, the pet medication industry has grown 12% last year and is now valued at $9 billion. All of this growth is fueled by hiked prices and the popularization of online pet pharmacies.

Don’t Assume That Your Vet Gives You the Best Prices:

Most consumers buy pet medications from the vet’s office. While it’s convenient to buy the medications as soon as they are prescribed, this approach often proves to be far more expensive than others. A lot of vets charge the printed price giving no discounts whatsoever. Some vets try and justify the steep price by saying they sell “genuine” and “branded” pet medication. The thing is, you can get discounts on pet meds online and reputed online pet pharmacies sell nothing but authentic products. The notion that online pharmacies are able to give discounts because they sell fake products is a myth. However, to be sure, buy pet meds from VIPPS and BBB accredited online pet stores.

Join a Membership Plan to Get Wholesale Prices:

Online pet supplies stores reward you for repeat business. A lot of them offer annual membership packages that guarantee you regular savings. If you have multiple pets at home, a single membership package that gives you about 20% extra savings can save you hundreds of dollars every year. However, keep in mind that membership packages only makes sense for pet parents who need to buy a significant amount of medication every month. With vets recommending regular spot-on treatments for fleas and ticks and pet meds for preventing intestinal worms and heartworms, most pet parents fit the bill.

Don’t Forget Those Coupon Codes: 

Does your vet give you discount coupons when you buy pet meds? Most likely, not. Large pet care websites have dedicated pages for coupons and offers. Redeeming these coupons give you an extra discount and they are often as significant as 20 to 30% on the total bill value.

Buy in Bulk: 

The cost of a single dosage of spot-on treatment for fleas and ticks is always cheaper when you buy in bulk. The same goes for a lot of other pet meds. If you know it’s going to be used, it makes much more sense to buy the value pack. Here’s an example, when you buy the 3 month’s supply of NexGard, a popular flea and tick medication, it costs you about $71.89, that’s almost $24 per monthly dose. However, if you buy the 12 month pack it costs you $274.29, which saves you more than a dollar per dose. That’s just considering the product was sold at retail price. Most online pet pharmacies reward customers with more discounts when they shop in bulk. Buying the value pack also makes sense when buying daily supplements and long-term medications. Buying in bulk also saves you the trouble of ordering pet meds frequently.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Blanca: Our White Rabbit

Our  doe rabbit, Pippin always has  white  kit when  she gives birth but it never survive.  This winter, she had quite a few  and only the white one survive.  We're very excited because we thought that having a white one would be pretty and special.  We named her Blanca.  She is handful and love  just about anything that we give her especially sweets.
 Over the winter, we  took the bunnies inside and  the male  got inside the female's quarter so as expected, the two females got pregnant and kindles some kits.  
 Pippin is very protective of Blanca.  We let them run around upstairs with a long and big box but when they hear the footsteps of the dogs, Pippin immediately run and  hover over her  baby.
 Blanca gets excited when let the kits run around in her turf.  Her Mom, weaned her early because for some odd reason, she got pregnant again.  I don't even know how it happened because  we separated her from the buck when she   kindled Blanca but  few weeks after she had Blanca, she was ready to pop out again.  
 The two small ones are the kits of Blanca's sister Lilo.  She had  two kits over the winter.  We are getting overrun by rabbit now that it's spring.  I told my husband, he will have to build another  hutch for the new batch if we  can't get rid of them.  
 We were going to sell them at Rural King but they have now rules that we should have  a certificate from the  veterinarian so I don't know what we are going to do with all these bunnies.  We now have 9 of them!
These Netherland Dwarfs are so cute.  When you look at the black ones, they looks like they are wearing bow tie.