5 Low Cost Vet Options for Pet Owners

1. Spay/Neuter Clinics Offer Low Cost Veterinary Services

If you have a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered and you cannot afford the price at your regular veterinary hospital, there are spay/neuter clinics throughout the country that offer low-cost surgeries. Many of these clinics will also provide vaccines at lower prices as well.

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How Does An Online Vet Consultation Work?

Teleadvice has been used for many years to treat people’s illnesses and provide a convenient way for doctors to treat their patients. Did you know that teleadvice is also available for your pets as well?

We will discuss the use of teleadvice and what you can expect when you make an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS.

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An Online Vet Case Discussion

More and more pet owners are finding that they have access to vet care through online services. By using an online vet, they are able to save time, expense, and the headache of taking a pet to the vet hospital every time an illness or injury occurs. Their pets benefit as well because they don’t have to experience anxiety by going into a vet’s office. The following is an example of an actual case that was seen by one of the online vets at TelePAWS.

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TeleVet vs. TelePAWS: Which Online Vet Solution is Right For You?

Telemedicine/Teleadvice is increasingly being used more in veterinary medicine as a way for pet owners to care for their furry loved ones. With all of the apps and websites advertising telemedicine/teleadvice for pets, how do you know which one to choose? We will compare two veterinary telemedicine/teleadvice companies to help make this decision easier.

What is TeleVet?

TeleVet is a company that helps veterinarians communicate with their clients through online apps. In order for a pet owner to use the TeleVet app, their regularly visited veterinary clinic must be enrolled in a plan through TeleVet. Not all veterinarians will use this company for communicating with their clients.

See more information about TeleVet here.

What is TelePAWS?

TelePAWS is a company that provides high quality veterinary care to all pet owners. The veterinarians at TelePAWS provide video conferencing visits at times that work best for you, including after the hours that most veterinary hospitals are closed.

The veterinarians who are employed at TelePAWS are selected for their overall medical experience, good bedside manner, and caring for animals. You can be certain that you will receive the best care for your pet by trusting the vets at TelePAWS.

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How Much Does it Cost?

TeleVet costs for pet owners depends upon the individual vet clinic through which they communicate. Veterinary clinics pay TeleVet monthly to use their telecommunication services, and the clinic then sets a certain price for their consultations with the pet owner. This can be highly variable depending upon the type of consultation and what problems they are treating.

TelePAWS costs $50 per call with a veterinarian. A 4-pack of appointments can be purchased at a discounted rate of $150.00 as well. You can also sign up for a monthly subscription for $20/month, allowing you to have up to 6 appointments a year with a TelePAWS veterinarian. There are no hidden fees and setting up appointments is quick and easy!

Find out more about TelePAWS pricing here.

How Does it Work?

Veterinary clinics will determine if they wish to enroll in the services provided by TeleVet. If your regular vet does not pay the monthly fee for TeleVet, you will not be able to use TeleVet to get veterinary care for your pet. If your regular vet is enrolled with TeleVet, you will asked to pay the fees that your vet decides to charge for their time to provide the telemedicine consultation.

With TelePAWS, you will be guaranteed a consultation with an online vet at a time that is convenient for you. After you sign up for the appointment through the TelePAWS website, you will be contacted by a vet who will determine a time to meet through video conference that works for you. You will be given instructions on how to use the app for the meeting with your online vet. The process from start to finish is simple, fast, and easy to understand.

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The 7 Most Common Reasons to Call an Online Vet

1. Skin Conditions

Online vets see consultations on many types of skin conditions. This can include itching secondary to seasonal allergies, chronic allergies, food allergies, skin infections, and skin wounds.

When your pet is not responding to your at home treatments like bathing and antihistamines, it is time to contact TelePAWS to get additional teleadvice that may be helpful to your pet.

2. Eye Infections

Another common reason pet owners call online vets is when their cat or dog has an eye infection or irritation. This can be caused by a corneal ulcer, scratch on the cornea, bacterial or viral infections, dry eye disease, or allergies.

Treating at home with an eye wash can help soothe the symptoms, but if your pet continues to squint their eye, paw at their face, or have eye discharge, it is time to set up an appointment with a vet at TelePAWS.

3. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common reason for pet owners to contact an online vet. There are many causes for a pet to have diarrhea including parasites, dietary, viral or bacterial infections, inflammatory bowel disease, ingesting foreign material, liver or kidney disease, and multiple other causes.

Feeding a bland diet such as chicken or ground beef and white rice for a few days may be enough to get your pet back on track with their stools. Due to changes in state laws and regulations, TelePAWS is unable to prescribe medication. Our doctors will be happy to suggest over-the-counter alternatives for your pet care needs.

4. Fleas

A common reason for pet owners to contact an online vet is when their dog or cat has fleas. This aggravating skin parasite can quickly escalate into a full blown infestation, causing discomfort for everyone in the home. Scratching and chewing of the skin can result in hair loss and skin infections over time when fleas are becoming a major burden for a pet.

Online vets at TelePAWS can suggest high-quality oral flea and tick preventatives for your pets. These preventatives will work well to kill parasites and prevent them from becoming an infestation. Keep your household flea-free with the best products on the market by contacting your online vet.

5. Ear Infections

Ear infections are another common reason for calling an online vet. Most ear infections are secondary to allergies resulting in overgrowth of yeast and bacteria in the ears. Keeping the ears cleaned out with a pet-safe ear cleaner will help relieve some symptoms of discharge, redness and itching.

If your pet’s ears are irritated and itchy, an online vet can assess the situation and offer advice to clear the infection and soothe the ears. The vets at TelePAWS are available every day to set up an appointment.

6. Arthritis

Joint pain and limping secondary to arthritis are common reasons for a consultation with an online vet. Arthritis develops in injured joints and in pets as they age. This can lead to decreased desire to go on walks, lameness, and swollen, painful joints.

Over-the-counter pain medications such as Aspirin and Tylenol are not recommended for use in pets due to the side effects. Joint supplements such as glucosamine and fish oil are helpful in decreasing the progression of arthritis. For chronic pain, an online vet can suggest medications that may be helpful in getting your pet moving and comfortable again. Set up an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS to assess the severity of your pet’s arthritis.

7. Urinary Tract Infections

Urinating in the house, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, and frequent urination are signs of a urinary tract infection, the final most common reason for a consultation with an online vet. When your pet has a urinary tract infection, you will want fast, reliable treatment to get them back to normal.

Although in many jurisdictions, TelePAWS Veterinarians cannot prescribe medication, an online vet can suggest antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections. If you are noticing discomfort while urinating, blood in the urine, or your pet is asking to go outside excessively, it’s time to contact a vet at TelePAWS.

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4 Ways an Online Vet Can Help You With Your Dog’s Skin Conditions

Scratching and licking are common symptoms of skin conditions and allergies in dogs. Allergies can be seasonal, environmental, or caused by food. If your dog is suffering from skin conditions, get an appointment with an online veterinarian at TelePAWS. Your dog does not have to continue to scratch, lick, or bite at their skin any longer.

1. Online Vets Can Prescribe Leading Treatments for Skin Conditions in Dogs

(Note: Not all states allow online prescriptions)

Cytopoint and Apoquel are two very effective treatments for skin conditions, particularly allergies in dogs. These medications work by decreasing the body’s response to allergens in the environment through targeting of cytokines (proteins involved in the itch pathway).

Cytopoint is an injection given every 4-8 weeks and can be given at home by you. There are no side effects and it works very quickly to combat the body’s response to allergens. This medication may be prescribed by an online vet (see Note above) and ordered through an online pharmacy.

Apoquel is an oral tablet given daily to prevent the body from reacting to allergens. There can be side effects if given long-term, so your vet will discuss the benefits vs. risks of using this medication. Short-term, it is very safe and effective at giving your pet complete relief from all of the itching and scratching. This medication is meant for animals only, so it must be ordered through an online pharmacy.

Steroids are also an option to treat allergies in dogs. There are side effects of increased urination and drinking of water while on steroids, but they are very effective at controlling the symptoms of allergies. Ideally, steroids are used only for short-term treatment as there can be many long-term undesirable side effects. Your online vet can prescribe steroids at a local pharmacy or an online pharmacy easily and quickly.
(See Note above.)

2. Online Vets Can Prescribe Specialized Diets to Treat Skin Conditions in Dogs

Food allergy is a skin condition in dogs that is generally caused by the protein source in their food. By switching to a new protein source, you can treat underlying food allergies. A prescription diet is the recommended treatment for food allergies in dogs. Over the counter diets tend to run all their foods over the same machinery, causing contamination of other proteins, therefore causing them to be ineffective for allergy treatment. An online vet can prescribe this specialized food for your pet through an online pharmacy and have it delivered to your house.
(See Note above.)

3. Online Vets Can Treat Skin Infections Secondary to Skin Conditions in Your Dog

Bacterial and fungal infections are common results of chronic allergies in dogs. Your online vet can prescribe antibiotics and anti-fungal treatments if they feel that these types of infections are occurring in your pet. These medications come in multiple forms including orals, topical ointments, and shampoos.
(See Note above.)

It is important to treat the secondary infections to give your dog the most comfort and help the skin to heal completely. Call your online vet to discuss thorough treatment options for your dog’s skin conditions.

4. Online Vets Can Help You Get Treatments For Your Dog’s Skin Conditions Quickly and Hassle Free

When your pet is itching and irritated from skin conditions, you don’t want to wait days or even weeks to get in to see your regular vet. Get the help you need quickly and efficiently from an online vet. Waiting too long can result in worsening skin infections and suffering for your pet. An online vet will be able to see you soon and get the necessary medications ordered for you right after your appointment.
(See Note above.)

Some medications can be called into a regular pharmacy. Pet specific medications will need to be ordered through an online pharmacy. Most pharmacies will deliver your medications to you in 2-3 days. You can choose to have these medications overnighted to you for an additional cost. Your online vet will talk to you about these options and determine which is best for you and your dog.
(See Note above.)

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6 Ways an Online Veterinarian Can Help With Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

1. Online Vets Can Assess the Cause of Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

There are many different reasons that pets get vomiting or diarrhea. Common causes include infection with viruses, bacteria, or worms, consuming foreign material, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, and metabolic disease such as liver or kidney disease. Cancer can also cause an upset stomach in dogs, but this is not as common.

No matter what the cause of the vomiting or diarrhea, online veterinarians can help determine what started the symptoms. The vet will ask a series of questions that will help with diagnosis. You may be asked to send recent blood work from a vet hospital to rule out potential causes.

2. Your Dog Can Receive Treatment Advice for an Upset Stomach From an Online Vet

Depending upon the cause of the vomiting or diarrhea, your online vet can suggest over the counter treatment or medications to help alleviate the symptoms. Treatments vary, but many pets will be treated with an antacid, anti-nausea medication, dewormer, change of diet, and sometimes an antibiotic.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

Whether your pet is nauseated or having loose stools, you will want to receive treatments that work well. Online vets are able to prescribe most of the same medications as a vet hospital. You can trust your pet’s care with an online vet whenever they are sick.

3. Online Vets Can Determine if Your Dog’s Upset Stomach Requires Further Testing

Some diseases can result in an upset stomach. Kidney disease, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, Addison’s disease and cancer are a few examples of diseases that result in chronic upset stomach symptoms.

Your online vet may advise you to have further testing performed to determine the exact cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea. Tests can include blood work, fecals, x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, and specialized blood tests. Your dog will need to be seen at a vet hospital in order to run these tests. The veterinarians at TelePAWS are happy to review the results of the tests and advise the next steps.

4. Online Vets Can Determine if Your Dog needs Emergency Treatment for an Upset Stomach

It can be difficult to decide if your dog needs emergency care when they are sick. Lean on the expertise of an online veterinarian for deciding whether or not to take your pet to the ER when they are having an upset stomach. By asking several questions, an online vet can assess the severity of your dog’s illness and determine if a trip to the ER is necessary.

The veterinarian may ask you to check the temperature on your pet and will explain how to get this done. If the temperature is very high, your dog is extremely lethargic, or the vomiting/diarrhea is severe, there is an increased likelihood that the vet will tell you that seeing an emergency veterinarian is best.

5. Online Vets Can Advise Long-term Care and Prognosis for Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

If your dog was previously diagnosed with a chronic illness like Addison’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, or hepatitis, an online vet can discuss long-term care and prognosis for your pet.

Most chronic diseases can be easily treated with medications that are ordered through an online veterinary pharmacy. Your pet can stay comfortable and receive the care they need by leaning on the help of an online vet.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

6. Your Dog Can Receive Quick and High-Quality Care From an Online Vet

If your pet has an upset stomach, you don’t want to wait days to get in with your regular veterinarian. Make an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS. Your online vet will be able to assess the situation and help you and your pet receive efficient, effective care without the travel, wait times, and stress of having to go into a vet hospital.

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