Big Debate: Are pet health clubs value for money or a ploy to discourage you from switching vets?

Join this month’s Great Debate: Are pet health clubs good value for money or a ploy to discourage you from switching vets?

Vet care can be expensive, and with the ongoing cost of living families across the UK have a real crisis feeling the squeeze. An online poll conducted for a dog charity Dogs Trust last year it showed that “more than one in ten dog owners (13 per cent) have been forced to pay to care for their dog, a situation which is set to worsen as pet owners face rising costs associated with dog care”.

So it’s no surprise that any means of saving money on vet care is welcomed by owners. Pet health associations promise to save them significant sums by covering a range of common treatmentsincluding vaccines and flea and worming medications.

“Works great for us – we’ve definitely saved money,” one reader wrote Dogs today.

Others, however, were far less impressed, saying so little money was saved and that in the end it wasn’t worth it.

“Like any faith program, Its overall goal is first and foremost to keep you connected to a specific vet franchise,” another reader wrote. “And discourages you from changing vets. Even if you think your dog would benefit from a different vet, you are reluctant to make the switch because you are paying the monthly premium to him. Sunken Textbook Cost Fallacy.”

Still others said that the situation is not so black and white and that whether or not pet health plans are worth it depends entirely on your situation, your dog and the services you need from it.

So what do you think – Are pet health clubs good value for money or a ploy to discourage you from switching vets? Tell us what you think here at Facebookor by writing to [email protected].

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