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5 Benefits of Wellness Plans for Older Dogs


By Tim Falk

Published: 12/22/2021, edited: 12/22/2021

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Your older dog has filled your life with love, so it’s only natural that you want your senior pooch to live out their remaining years in comfort. And while there’s a lot you can do to keep your pet’s tail wagging well into old age, one of the simplest ways to boost your dog’s wellbeing is to invest in a wellness plan.

Wellness plans are designed to help you cover the cost of routine vet care and treatments each year. That means a higher level of healthcare for your pet, and a great way to save money for you.

Keep reading to find out about the 5 reasons why wellness plans for older dogs are money well spent.

Wellness plans help your dog live longer

As the old cliche goes, prevention is better than cure. That’s particularly true for senior dogs, as even minor health issues come with an increased risk of complications later in life.

With wellness plan protection in place, you can ensure that your dog gets all the preventive care they need to stay in the best possible shape. From parasite prevention to vaccinations, these plans cover a wide range of essential canine healthcare expenses.

The result is a happy and healthy dog with the best shot at enjoying many more years of life.

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Wellness plans improve quality of life

As veterinary medicine continues to evolve, our dogs are living to older ages than ever before. But wellness plans can not only help your dog live longer, they can also help them live better. 

There’s no denying that old age comes with its fair share of problems. Your dog will have less energy than they once did, may suffer from the stiff joints of arthritis, and will generally be feeling the aches and pains associated with a life well lived.

But a wellness plan can help make sure that your dog is happy and comfortable in their twilight years. It helps ensure that they stay in a healthy weight range, which minimizes the strain on aching joints. It protects them against the irritation of fleas and the serious threats posed by ticks and heartworm. And it lets you get veterinary advice on how to best manage your dog’s health in their senior years. 

And that’s sure to see your senior dog waking up every day with a smile on their face.

Wellness plans help you save money

Stop what you’re doing for a minute and think about how much you spend on routine vet bills for your older dog each year. As well as vet check-ups, remember to include parasite prevention (fleas, ticks, and worms), blood tests, dental cleaning, and even nail trimming. 

Now compare that against the cost of a wellness plan — many providers offer plans priced in the $15–$30 per month range — and all the preventive vet care expenses covered by the plan. In most cases, chances are there will be a sizable difference between the amount you pay for a wellness plan and the amount of vet care expenses it covers.

In other words, a wellness plan lets you save on the cost of essential vet care. And when there’s more money in your pocket, you’ve got a bigger budget to spend on spoiling your senior pooch.

Wellness plans help you manage health issues (and detect developing problems early)

The risk of illness and disease increases as your dog gets older. And no matter how old your fur-baby is, there’s always a chance that they’re dealing with one or more undetected health problems. 

Let’s face it, our dogs can be pretty good at hiding when they’re in pain. And unless you’ve had any veterinary experience over the years, you probably aren’t going to be able to spot the telltale signs of a wide range of canine health problems.  

But that’s where a wellness plan can help. Plans cover the cost of 1 or more wellness exams a year, which give your vet a chance to assess your dog’s overall health and give them a full physical. 

Even better, some wellness plans also include coverage for the cost of basic diagnostic tests, including blood tests, liver function tests, and fecal and urine screening. So if your senior pet does have any developing health problems, you’ll be able to detect them and take action early.

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Wellness plans include added extras

You might be surprised just how many different expenses are covered by a wellness plan. As well as all the basics like vaccinations and wellness exams, you can also find plans that help cover the cost of:

This means you can receive financial assistance to cover just about everything you need to keep your pet healthy to a ripe old age. Of course, what is and isn’t covered varies from one wellness plan to the next, so check the fine print closely before you buy.

No matter whether your golden oldie is a Maltese or a Mastiff, there are lots of reasons why a wellness plan could be a sound investment. Start comparing your options today and save money on routine vet costs for your fur-baby.

If you’re looking for wellness coverage for your pet, make sure you check out Wag! Wellness plans. With a choice of 3 plans based on your cover needs and budget, plus a range of optional add-ons available, you can customize a Wag! Wellness plan to suit your senior dog.

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