Not to mention the fact that your chances of incurring a slew of high vet bills significantly increase as your dog ages.
If you find yourself unable to pay all the vet bills, you’re not alone.
Here are some ways to get help with vet bills…
My Experience With An Aging Pet’s Vet Bills
Caring for an aging pet can, indeed, be expensive. In the end, you are probably going to have a lot more vet bills than you’ve ever had in the past.
Both of my dogs are still young, but I can verify that vet bills do increase with aging pets in general.
I had a lot more medical bills with my cat as he got older.
Once, when there was an emergency with my cat, my vet was very understanding. I didn’t have the money to pay the large bills that kept accruing, so I worked out an agreement with the vet that I would make bi-weekly payments until the balance was paid in full. Depending on the amount of each bill, I would leave either 2 or 4 post-dated checks at a time. (They were dated every 2 weeks.)
Companion animals shouldn’t have to suffer or die simply because their caretakers are financially challenged. –iMom
How To Get Help With Vet Bills
If you are faced with a lot of expensive vet bills as the result of caring for a dog emergency, rest assured, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Here are the best ways to find help with vet bills:
- Pet Insurance - just like health insurance for humans helps with doctor bills, pet insurance for dogs helps with vet bills. You pay a monthly premium and the insurance will cover a portion of your dog’s medical expenses..
- Brown Dog Foundation & Other Organizations – there are a number of charitable organizations that help dog owners who cannot pay the expensive vet bills that result after attempts to save their dog’s life.
- Care Credit – a veterinary low-interest credit card for your pet’s medical bills. You can actually can get a no-interest payment plan if you pay the balance of the card in full within 6, 12, 18 or 24 months of purchase.
- Your Veterinarian - this is why you want to have a good relationship with your veterinarian at all times — even when your dog is healthy. If they know you well, and there’s some track record of you being a loyal dog owner, most veterinarians are willing to work with you. Mine did!
- Mobile Veterinarians – a mobile vet’s services are usually less expensive than a traditional veterinarian’s due to the fact that they do not have the overhead that veterinary offices do.
- Local Dog Facilities – check with local dog rescue facilities and animal shelters to see if they offer discounted medical treatment.