March 31, 2015
Wellness programs are a unique idea being formulated to help our clients ensure that the best preventative veterinary care is available to our furry family members in a cost effective way. We strive to ensure that we have the benefit of healthy animals for years to come.
Gorham Animal Hospital is in the process of setting up a Webstore. Our clients will have the option of registering in a wellness program. The Webstore will also make a number of products available to our clients, currently not carried in hospital, through the Veterinary Purchasing group. The products range from veterinary diets, to over the counter neutraceuticals, and even cat toys. I know that I have explored the latter...Within the week, we hope to have the link to our Webstore available, our clients should expect an email pertaining to the Webstore when it is up and functional.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE AN EMAIL PROVIDED IN YOUR FILE TO RECEIVE NEWSLETTERS, UPDATES, REMINDERS AND OFTEN THE DRS WILL PROVIDE HEALTH RELATED ARTICLES TO HELP YOU MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ON YOUR PETS HEALTH.
Wellness programs essentially ease the financial burden of preventative veterinary care by taking recommended procedures, adding up the individual costing and dividing it equally to create affordable monthly payments. Recommendations may vary slightly based on the animals lifestyle (indoor versus outdoor cat), age, and species (cat versus dog). The monthly payments can be conveniently arranged through the Webstore.
The plans are created to ensure that all pets have the opportunity to practice preventative care, hopefully with resultant better health. To further ensure that pets are seen whenever necessary, or even just to ease a clients mind, examinations are included at no additional charge within the wellness plans.
Diagnostics for ill animals including x-rays, blood work, ultrasounds, fecal parasite testing and medications will be charged for on these visits, again the examination will not be charged.
I recently addressed a client with financial limitations who clearly benefited from the companionship of her cat. I stressed the need to provide our pets with the basics of care to ensure their ongoing health. The wellness plans will help ease the financial costing of veterinary care. Consider the addition of pet insurance coverage in the event of accidents or illness. Veterinary medicine has changed a lot over the last 20 years. We have doggy psychologists, dermatologists, cardiologists etc. offering advanced diagnostics or treatment options. This level of care is often limited by costing. Few appreciate OHIP as much as veterinarians as we see finances playing, understandably, a huge role in the decision making process.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that, together, we keep our pets happy and healthy members of our family!
Dr. Sheri Sime