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Dr. Karen Felsted offers suggestions to help clients pay for costly conditions like diabetes management.

Diabetes can be a costly diagnosis, particularly if the pet responds well to treatment and lives longer. Paying for this care can be a challenge for owners who don't have pet insurance, says Karen Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM.

Offering other payment options, like a third-party payment plan, or in-house payment plans can help.

Some practices go a step further by creating diabetes packages. They group the diabetes components and they look at home monitoring options for pets to help manage the cost. The result: less strain on clients, Dr. Felsted says.

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