ailurophile: Cat face (cat)
[personal profile] ailurophile
I had planned to post about allergies, but that will have to wait. I have a much more pressing issue to discuss.

Saturday morning, my cat Sam was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. The veterinarian scheduled me to come back Monday morning to do more testing and see how far along he was in the illness. She gave me vitamins to give him two or three times a day. While I could discuss the different methods of dealing with CRF, that's not my main focus.

The focus of this post is regarding vet bills. Sam unfortunately passed away Sunday night. His illness had progressed much further than we'd imagined because, like most cats, he hid his symptoms carefully. He had been incredibly active and loving until Saturday evening, at which point he became weak. Granted, he was sixteen, but it was still a pretty hard hit, especially to my fiancé. Johnny got Sam when Johnny was only five and Sam was a kitten.

Anyway, we were fortunate enough to have the money to pay for the vet bills. If Sam had to have gone under serious treatment, we wouldn't have been able to do it. No one should ever have to choose between treating a pet and letting a beloved pet suffer due to a lack of funds. Through Catster, I found various methods of payment for vet bills from a fellow animal lover.

Personally, I think that CareCredit looks rather promising. You can choose various payment plans based on the time you'll need to pay off the bill. You have to get approved for CareCredit before going to the vet and make sure that your vet takes it! Once in the office, you decide your payment plan based on the bill. CareCredit won't pay for services already rendered, so you'll need to set up the plan before anything happens.

I want you all to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Don't let a beloved family pet suffer because you didn't plan ahead. If I hadn't had the money for the vet bill, I would have been sick with guilt.

Date: 2009-08-16 11:17 pm (UTC)
flightless: Macaw perspective (Thinking)
From: [personal profile] flightless
I'm sorry about Sam.The death of a pet is always a terrible happening. :C

You have to have spectacular credit to be approved for Carecredit. I tried to apply a couple years ago [I had had a credit card for a year, always made my payments on time, etc] and I was declined nearly right off the bat.


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