Pet. Tough Economy. What to do?
tips for getting the veterinary care your pet needs.
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Even though this option has been available for approximately 20
years, it hasn't been available everywhere, hasn't always been cost
effective for some pets/pet owners, and is not the answer for
something immediate, like an emergency situation. However, this option
is being used more commonly by pet owners today. Planning ahead is the
key. The best bet is to sign up early -- at the healthy puppy or kitten
stage if possible, and select a plan that best fits your needs. Pet
insurance can definitely help for the unplanned pet emergency. Click
here for more information about pet
a "pet emergency" credit card to be used only for unforeseen
pet medical needs
For those where credit is an issue, this isn't a viable option,
but many people do have a credit card that is used only for pet emergencies.
This allows the client to pay the veterinary bill in full, and pay on
the credit card as able.
plans offered through your veterinarian
I have found that many people don't even bother to call the veterinarian
when money is an issue -- assuming the worst, that the vet will refuse
the patient outright. This could indeed be the case, but phone several
clinics if need be! You may be surprised. Many vets do offer some sort
of payment plan on a case-by-case basis. It won't hurt to ask. Some
clients have even traded services or labor to pay off veterinary bills.
This is not the norm, and can't be done for every client in need of
course, but communicating with your veterinarian honestly about your
situation will allow for a quicker resolution and hopefully treatment
for your pet.
with your local Humane Society or shelter
Your local animal aid organizations may be able to offer assistance
if they have a veterinarian on call or on staff, or they may have a
list of veterinarians who offer low-cost or subsidized care to those
welfare groups, breed rescues, or veterinary school funds
There are a few nonprofit groups that offer funding to those in need
after submitting an application.
- A nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance for
the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense.
Labrador Life Line
- Labrador Life Line, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) Not for Profit Organization
created to help owners or rescuers of Labrador Retrievers who are
in need of financial assistance.
The Travis Fund
- Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Created in memory
of veterinarian Dr. Stanley O. Travis, the fund benefits injured
and ill found animals, and owned animals undergoing treatment at
Tufts' Foster Hospital for Small Animals or Hospital for Large Animals
whose caring and responsible owners cannot afford the full cost
of their veterinary care.
IMOM - In Memory of Magic
- All volunteer 501(c)3 registered charity - Founded in 1998
More groups that offer support and financial aid - click
this article helps answer some of the "what can I do?" questions.
The quicker treatment is provided to a sick or injured animal, the better.
It is hard to visualize our healthy animals sick or injured, but planning
ahead will help to alleviate the stresses that an emergency situation
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