Financial Help For Pet Medical Treatments

As a veterinarian, nothing is more frustrating than having to euthanize a beloved pet because of financial constraints. Medical care for both humans and animals is expensive due to the cost of supplies, staff wages and the high cost of veterinary/medical college. Most clinics offer Care Credit which allows a family to make payments over time. But what if the pet guardian does not qualify for this service? Is there anything else available? The answer is maybe.

In the last few years, I have seen some animal charities help financially strapped families pay for their pet’s medical treatments. Most require an extensive application that includes copies of the pet’s medical record as well as verification of the owner’s finances.  Due to the overwhelming number of requests, most charities have specific criteria such as dogs with heart disease, cats with treatable cancer or they may be breed specific. Some charities are regional, requiring proof of residence in a specific geographic area for assistance. The links below provide lists of charitable organizations offering assistance for pet health care.

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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