Affordable veterinary care is a rising concern for pet owners who do not wish for their pets to suffer because emergency care costs are too high. We recognize that providing the best care without breaking the bank requires open communication about payment options.
At Animal Emergency & Urgent Care, in order to provide the best care for your pet, payment is due at the time service is provided and we do not offer payment plans. For some treatment or hospitalized care, a deposit may be required. Additionally, healthcare plans requiring comprehensive care of $500 or more may require a 50% deposit to begin your pet’s treatment.
We offer the following payment options for your convenience:
- Debit, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
- Care Credit – A third-party financing through GE Capital offering flexible financing payments, including a 6-month no-interest payment plan on both animal and human healthcare needs. Program is subject to credit approval and has no annual fees, prepayment penalties or application fee (www.CareCredit.com/Vetmed, 800-677-0718).
- Pet Insurance
We highly recommend pet owners consider pet insurance to save on veterinary costs. A variety of illnesses, injuries, and wellness procedures (such as vaccines) are covered depending on the pet insurance plan you choose. Pet insurance is similar to human insurance in that certain deductibles, co-pays, and monthly premiums are involved. Unlike human insurance, however, the pet owner must initially pay for the veterinary service in full. Then, a form is completed and sent to your pet insurance company so that they can reimburse you a portion of the payment.
We strongly encourage our clients to have pet insurance and/or Care Credit pre-approval. Procedure costs are the last thing you want to think about when your pet is sick or injured. These options help take away that burden so that you can devote your full attention to being there for your pet.
You may also request verbal and/or written estimates for your pet’s treatment. However, it is important to remember that these estimates are not set in stone and final expenses could be higher or lower than what was initially estimated.
Our main priority is providing excellent care to animals and our greatest fear is that a pet owner hesitates to get their pet the care needed due to concern over possible health care costs. Consider the payment options we have listed above and make sure you are prepared for possible unexpected veterinary costs in the future.