list of Resources
Our team understands that as a pet owner you sometimes need additional resources to better understand your pet’s care and make the best choices for your pet. Below is a list of some of our trusted resources that we would like to share with you.
For after-hours emergency and urgent care, we recommend:
- Veterinary Specialty Services (VSS)
- St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC)
- Associated Veterinary Specialists (AVS)
Financial Assistance Resources for Veterinary Care
CareCredit provides a set period of 0% APR interest financing for medical expenses if balance is paid within set time period.
Scratch Pay provides financing options for pet owners.
The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund is a 501(c)3 organization that provides financial assistance to pet owners in need of non-basic, non-emergency veterinary care (for example, chronic diseases, heart disease, cancer, ligament injuries, etc.).
Live Like Roo
Live Like Roo is an organization that provides financial and resource assistance for pets and their families when their pet is facing a cancer diagnosis.
RedRover is an organization that provides financial assistance, resources, and support for pets in emergency or life-threatening situations.
Frankie’s Friends is an organization that provides grants and financial assistance for pets with cancer diagnoses and other life-threatening conditions.
Armani’s Angels is a 501(c)3 organization that offers financial assistance for pets that are ill or injured that live in Missouri.
The Killuminati Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that offers financial assistance for non-routine veterinary care for pets that live in Missouri.
Lance Tucker Memorial Fund
The Lance Tucker Memorial Fund is a fund in honor and memory of Lance Tucker. The fund is used to provide financial assistance for pets in need of urgent or emergency care. To begin the application process, message the fund via their Facebook page.
Pet Health Insurance
As veterinary medicine continues to advance in the level of care, technology, and knowledge, so does the increased cost of such outstanding veterinary care. Far too often, and understandably so, does the financial aspect of a treatment plan play a monumental role in how we treat our beloved pets. Our unwavering goal is always to offer the highest quality veterinary care but also ease the financial burden on the pet owner as much as possible. Enter – pet health insurance.
The past several years have seen monumental changes and improvements in pet health insurance products. Pet health insurance allows the pet owner to pay a low monthly premium, on average $35-$70. In return, the pet owner is offered coverage in the form of reimbursement for non-routine veterinary care. Many pet health insurance carriers offer up to 90% reimbursement for veterinary costs! Some carriers also offer plans that cover routine care (i.e., vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, parasite prevention, etc.).
We never hope to use any type of insurance, but when we need it, boy, are we glad we have it! Statistically, your pet will have at least one major medical incident in its lifetime. Think GI foreign body surgery, ACL tears, bone fracture, sickness needing ICU care in a hospital, traumatic event, cancer, etc. Each of these types of events may require $3,000-$5,000+ in veterinary care. Pet health insurance also covers more “simple” medical needs such as ear or skin infections, episodes of diarrhea, chronic illnesses, etc.
One of the keys to getting the most affordable premium rates is when you sign up for pet health insurance. Generally speaking, the younger and healthier, the better. Age, pre-existing conditions, and breed all play significant roles in determining the monthly premium.
At MetroVet, we stand by pet health insurance and recommend all pet owners at least look into the options out there. Not only is pet health insurance a very can truly be a lifesaver! While we are not partial to any one carrier (and no, we are not compensated by any pet health insurance provider based on our recommendations or who signs up with who), below are a few recommendations from carriers we’ve heard great things about: