Pet Wellness Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

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by PetGuide Staff

An affordable pet care program is here for you and your pet from Vital Care by Petco.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and that is even more true when it comes to our canine family members. Animals have an instinct to conceal symptoms when something is wrong with their health, so once you notice that something is amiss with your pet, it usually means that the problem has already progressed. That’s why pet wellness care is so important.

Pet wellness includes regular pet exams that can catch preventable diseases early on, making sure that your dog doesn’t have to go through unnecessary procedures and treatment plans for something that could have been averted. However, not everyone’s budget can accommodate preventive care, especially in cases where there are multiple pets in the family. If you’re looking to save money without compromising on your pet’s wellbeing, then pet wellness plans are your best option.

Petco’s Vital Care offers you an affordable solution to take care of your pet’s routine wellness needs. In addition to covering the costs of unlimited preventative vet exams, this plan also provides unlimited discounts on full-grooming services and monthly rewards that can be used to buy food, toys, and more. The best part? It’s just $19 a month. And with regular grooming cost, let alone the preventative vet exams, it’s easy to see the appeal of this pet wellness care program.

What is Vital Care? Perks and Benefits of Petco’s Vital Care Program

Unlike traditional pet insurance which focuses on covering costs of treating diseases after the fact, this pet wellness program helps you make sure that you reduce the chances of these health issues happening in the first place. Vital Care is a pet wellness care program that offers benefits for a range of services including grooming, routine pet exams at participating vet locations, monthly Pals Rewards, and a welcome gift. In other words, everything you need to make sure that your pet is well taken care of!

Petco’s Vital Care program includes the following:

  • Unlimited 30% off full-service grooming visits: Full-service baths include deep-cleaning shampoo, blow-dry, 15-minute brushout, scented spritz, gland expression, and ear cleaning. Full-service haircuts include breed-specific cut and style, deep-cleaning shampoo, blow-dry, 15-minute brushout, scented spritz, gland expression, nail trim, and ear cleaning.
  • Unlimited veterinary exams at participating Petco locations: There are circa 40 (and growing) on-site veterinary locations you can visit to get pet exams, in 12 states.
  • Up to $70 Pals Rewards annually for two exams at the vet of your choice
  • $10 Pals Rewards each month: This can be used to buy food, toys, and more.
  • A welcome gift: You get to choose between One package of dog food, up to 6 lbs, or $25 off a vaccine at participating Petco vet hospitals and clinics

What is the Cost of the Vital Care Program?

This pet wellness program is meant to fit every budget: it is affordable, and more importantly, it will save you a lot of money on both pet exams and grooming. The monthly cost is $19, and you’ll have to commit to an annual subscription. And, if you are signing on more than one pet, you’ll get an additional discount of $2 per pet every month.

But let’s translate that to a yearly level. Let’s say you go for the basics and get your pet vet-recommended 12 baths a year with add-ons, two vet pet exams per year, and add to that the monthly $10 Pals Rewards and the welcome gift you’re entitled to by subscribing to the service. This means that for as little as $228, you get a minimum $397 value in pet wellness services and gifts.

Having in mind just how much does dog grooming cost, if you were paying out of your pocket, it would cost around $600 for a large dog breed just for the baths alone – add to that the vet visits and over $100 in rewards… You’d be paying 4 times the annual cost of Petco’s Vital Care for the same services that are included in this pet wellness plan. I’m no math whiz, but I know a good deal when I see one.

How Can You Sign up for Vital Care?

Luckily, signing up to Petco’s Vital Care is easy peasy. There are three options available: visit this link to subscribe online, sign up via the Petco App, or text VITAL to 79949. And there you have it! Once you enroll and pay the monthly subscription fee for the initial one-year term, all the perks and benefits of this pet wellness program will be instantly available to you. Now, with routine pet exams and regular grooming at your disposal, you can make sure that your dog stays happy and healthy without breaking the bank.


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