TIP OF THE WEEK

Pet parents know that there’s nothing like the love of furry family members. Keeping your pets healthy is a priority because you want them to live as long as possible. However, health care costs for pets are expensive, and if you are dealing with additional expenses such as prescriptions for chronic conditions, it can become a burden to your budget.

Fortunately, there are several things pet owners can do proactively to keep pets healthy and save money on health care costs.

Invest in preventative care. During wellness checkups, veterinarians can screen for a variety of health conditions. They provide insight on diseases, age-related concerns, dental health, nutritional considerations and so much more. Plus you’re able to provide your pet with important vaccinations. Regular checkups help vets identify problems sooner rather than later, and this can translate to more affordable health care costs to pet parents in the long run.

Get a prescription card. Costs for managing your pet’s health can be a bear with pet owners spending more than $8 billion on prescription and over-the-counter medications annually. Some programs offer savings on commonly prescribed medications such as insulin and antibiotics, as well as seizure, glaucoma and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Exercise and focus on nutrition. Obesity is a growing concern for many pets. Poor nutrition paired with limited exercise causes pets to put on additional weight. This weight can put them at higher risk for health concerns like diabetes, osteoarthritis and ligament injuries.

Start an emergency fund. Choosing between a pet and an unexpected health expense is something no one wants to experience. Being prepared can make a big difference when facing difficult decisions, so it’s wise to have savings set aside in case of a rainy day.

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THE LIST

According to Forbes, the world’s richest sports team owners are:

1. Mukesh Ambani, Mumbai Indians ($40.1 billion)

2. Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Clippers ($38.4 billion)

3. Dietrich Mateschitz, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda ($23 billion)

4. Paul Allen, Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Seahawks ($21.7 billion)

5. Philip Anschutz, Los Angels Kings, LA Galaxy ($13 billion)

6. Hasso Plattner and family, San Jose Sharks ($12.7 billion)

7. Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC ($10.8 billion)

8. Micky Arison, Miami Heat ($9.7 billion)

9. Mikhail Prokhorov, Brooklyn Nets ($9.6 billion)

10. Stanley Kroenke, Los Angels Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche ($8.3 billion)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$1.1 billion: According to the IRS, about $1.1 billion in tax refunds are unclaimed from the 2014 tax year.

TECH TALK

Fitbit to help women track periods

Fitbit, the fitness tracker company, recently announced the addition of an all-female health tracking feature on the new Versa smartwatch and through and an update to its existing Ionic watch. Along with helping women track their overall health, the feature also allows women to track their menstrual cycles. The company said the feature will provide women with the means to see how their periods impact different aspects of their lives. Users can log data on their periods in the Fitbit app and records symptoms. With the information, Fitbit’s algorithm can help women more accurately predict their periods.

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