I have just gotten a kitten, she is 9 weeks old, and needs her shots and first vet visit. I have called a few vets, and the cheapest cost for the first visit is $109. If I could pay it in installments it would be fine, but they tell me I have to pay in full. How do I join a credit care plan? How do they work?
By Keepsy from GA
This doesn't address your question, but I had to respond. If you're being told that a vaccination and first well pet check is $109.00, you need to find another vet. Call some more. This is unreasonable!
Build strong immune system. No poisoned needles. see homeopath for nosodes. (inexpensive too) Feed natural foods no grocery store ca ca. Check vaccine ingredients on vaclib.org and you will never use them on anything or anyone.
Do you have a PetCo store in your area? You should give them a call as the PetCo's here do clinics on Saturdays for shots. If they don't do it, they may know of a clinic in your area.
I also use CareCredit. You need to ask that vet if they accept CareCredit because not all vets, nor dentists or doctors, accept it. Go to this link and you'll be able to find out all the info you need and you can apply for credit with them online:
I also agree with Glenn'sMom that you should call around more for pricing and, if you are accepted for a CareCredit card be sure to ask if the different vets accept it. Actually, I think there's a vet locate link on the CareCredit web page. Good luck :-)
The Humane Society here spays/neuters cats and gives them their shots for $25 for low income or unemployed people. Call your local Humane Society and ask.
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If you have a dog with an expensive medical problem and you are not the richest person around, you should ask your vet about care-credit. We had a dog with parvo that was loved and not a lot of money to treat the virus so the vet told us about care-credit. It's a credit card made specifically for pet bills. In the end, it saved our dog and even though we had to pay $900 dollars, it wasn't all up front. We paid it as we went.
By D.J. from Evansville, IN
I,too, have care credit for my multiple pets. It's been a life saver. However, my sister has also used it for her dentist. I didn't know. She says she was told it is for any type of Vet. or Dr. as long as it's used in the medical profession. How wonderful. (07/05/2007)
By jane, bonifay, fl
Another option is to check and see if any of your local shelters offer veterinary services. Our local Humane Society offers vet services and spaying/neutering that are easily 1/3 of what I was paying at my other vet. The services are open to everyone, regardless of income levels. I know people who drive over an hour (we have seven pets, so I would if I had to), as the savings is easily worth it for them. Every now and then I've had to wait awhile (unless it's a true emergency of course), but with an average $150 savings per visit, it's worth it. (07/05/2007)
I agree, Care Credit saved my beloved Bear's life. He got glaucoma in one eye and the surgery to remove his eye would be 1200.00 I didn't have it, but the vet's office suggested it and they even got on the phone to get me approved. I got notice the next day that I have a 1500.00 limit, I cried, my Bear would be saved. Then 2 days later my late love Skippy's left side of her mouth swelled real bad, took her in and they were able to take x-rays to find a bad tooth. The funny thing was when they took the x-ray they use a rolled up piece of gauze to keep the jaw open. The bad tooth was in the gauze. I was able to pay all of the vet's bills with Care Credit over a period of a year. I will always be indebted to them for taking care of my babies. I highly recommend them for those times when money is tight and the fur babies need attention and the cash isn't there.