3 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
03/11/2011

It's tax time once again. 


Don't you just love it when you actually get money BACK from Uncle Sam? 


I have a friend who gets a tax refund every year.  She calls it her "mad money" since it's money that she never budgeted for any particular purpose - she can spend it any way she wants to.  



This got me thinking. 



Since your tax refund really is "found" money, you could easily earmark a small portion of it to do something special for your pet.  In particular, this is a great opportunity to invest in your dog's health without impacting your household budget. 



Keeping your dog healthy is so important, and it doesn't take a lot of money to make a big impact.



So, how could you use some of your "mad money" to help your pet in the best possible way?



Here are a few ideas:



1. A physical exam or vaccination boosters - Has your dog had his annual physical?  If you haven't taken your dog to your veterinarian for an annual physical exam, you could be putting his health at risk.  If your dog has a medical condition, early detection and treatment could improve your dog's outcome tremendously.  The earlier the condition is identified, the better - and a physical examination is the only way many of these illnesses can be detected.  So the small cost of a physical exam now could save you thousands of dollars in the future. And, it could very well save your dog's life.  Vaccinations are also important to your dog's continued good health.  Vaccines only last for so long, and then you need to get a booster.  So if your dog's vaccinations have lapsed, see your veterinarian.



2. Heartworm prevention - This is another important way to safeguard your dog's good health.  Heartworm disease can be deadly if left untreated.  But treatment is expensive - it could easily cost $1,800 to $4,000 to treat this condition.  That's why prevention is so important.  Heartworm disease is easily prevented with heartworm medications and these medications are inexpensive.  So a small investment now can really make a real difference in your dog's future.



3. Pet Health Care - This is a big one.  Every pet owner needs to plan ahead and be prepared for the unexpected.  You never think that your dog will get sick or injured, but one day he could need life-saving medical treatment.  It happens.  That's why it's so important to plan ahead.  Medical treatment can be very expensive, but
United Pet Care is an affordable way to make sure that your pet will get the medical care he needs, no matter what.  United Pet Care is not as expensive as you might think - so you could buy Health Care for your dog and still have money left over from your income tax refund to treat yourself, too.  To learn more about pet health care, go to unitedpetcare.com. 




I hope these suggestions give you some good ideas about how you can make a big impact on your dog's health without spending a lot of money.  Bottom line, you can't put a price tag on good health, and your tax refund could be the perfect way to cover the costs without missing the money.


 

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