Anyone who’s ever had a furry friend knows that sometimes things happen, and unexpected veterinarian bills arise. While pet insurance policies exist, many people still pay for vet bills out of pocket. If you are faced with a substantial medical bill for your best friend, emergency loans may be a great option to help cover costs. Here are several ways to go about emergency funding for veterinarian bills:
Ask your vet about payment options
Veterinarians are fully aware that pet owners struggle with the high costs of their treatments and procedures. Many offer payment options that usually include a down payment and a monthly installment plan. Some payment plans offered through finance companies require that you pay interest.
Consider financial assistance programs
There are several financial assistance programs available specifically for pet owners. Some programs are limited to certain medical conditions or specific types of animals, so make sure you understand the eligibility requirements. These funds can help cover necessary treatments and medications.
Apply for a CareCredit card
CareCredit is a special type of credit card that’s intended for health care costs not covered by insurance. It’s not limited to just pets. The card is accepted at over 250,000 enrolled healthcare providers and health-focused retailers. In some cases, it can be cheaper than some loans as they offer short-term financing options of 6, 12, 18, or 24 months and do not charge interest on amounts of $200 or more if you make the minimum monthly payments and pay the amount in full by the end of the promotional period.
Get a personal loan
If you find alternative financing options are not the best fit for your needs, taking out an emergency personal loan to pay the vet bills is another option to consider. These loans are available through banks, credit unions, and online lenders. Interest rates and terms vary, but this option is almost always more cost-effective than using a credit card.
Use your credit card
This is an option if you have a low or no-interest credit card. However, if your credit card doesn’t have a low annual percentage rate (APR) the issuer may charge a much higher rate if you don’t pay your balance in full and on time. That’s an expensive way to finance any transaction. That’s why this option is so far down on this list. If you choose to use a credit card, you may want to consider debt consolidation later.
When faced with unexpected veterinarian bills, pet owners should explore all their available options to determine which financing choice best fits their financial situation. Everyone’s personal financial needs and circumstances differ, so it is essential to do research to find the best solution for you and your furry companion. With thoughtful planning, you can make sure your pet gets the care they need without putting yourself in a financial bind.
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