Simple tips can help save on pet health costs

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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367361283&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4038332&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367361283 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — More than half of the households in the United States own a pet.

Pets can be expensive, especially when it comes to keeping them healthy.

However, there are ways to save without compromising a pet’s health.

Simple tasks like trimming your pet’s nails and cleaning their ears and eyes at home can cut costs and prevent infection.

Pets should be taken to the vet’s office at least once a year for a yearly wellness visit and blood tests.

According to Consumer Reports, about two-thirds of pet owners get their animal’s medications at the vet, but pet prescription programs at stores such as Walgreens and Target can earn pet owners hundreds of dollars back.

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