Pet Owner Resources
Welcome to our Pet Owner Resources page! In addition to providing you with more information about how VetBilling works for pet owners, you will find links to respected organizations that offer grant-based veterinary financial assistance. For information on topics related to general pet health and behavior, scroll down for even more links. If you would like to see something added to this page (for example, a charitable organization that helps with vet care), please let us know by using the form on our Contact page.
We’re here to help pet owners
If your pet has ever needed surgery or emergency care, chances are you felt a knot in your stomach when you saw the vet bill.
An article on the Veterinary Information Network website noted that, between 2000 and 2013, prices for veterinary services increased 91%. Now that 83% of owners consider their pets to be members of the family, they expect a level of care commensurate with that perception. The problem is the cost of that care is surprisingly high.
VetBilling.com was created to solve this problem. Our payment plans, offered through veterinary practices, help you comfortably manage your pet’s health care costs. A large balance can be divided into manageable, interest-free installment payments paid by secure, automatic withdrawals using your checking, savings or credit card account.
Payments collected by VetBilling.com are deposited electronically in your veterinarian’s bank account on your behalf. Automatic withdrawals cease upon completion of your payment plan or upon payment of your balance in full – there is no penalty for early payoff.
At VetBilling.com, we understand how much your pet means to you, because we’re pet parents ourselves. We also know that responsible pet parents sometimes need help when they’re hit with an unexpected vet bill. We don’t ever want anyone to have to choose between their wallet and their pet’s life… and with a VetBilling.com payment plan, you won’t have to.
Other Veterinary Financial Assistance
The Brown Dog Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial assistance to pet owners in temporary financial crisis, whose pets are facing treatable, but life-threatening, conditions. The organization was founded in 2006 by Carol Smock in memory of her Labrador retriever, Chocolate Chip, who was diagnosed with cancer while she was dealing with an unexpected job loss. Carol didn’t want families in similar situations to feel that they had nowhere to turn for assistance in the event that a pet needed costly veterinary care. For more information or to apply for assistance, please visit http://www.browndogfoundation.org/
It is the mission of Molly’s Hope to help keep pets and their owners together, by providing monetary assistance to prevent financially-driven euthanasia. Molly’s Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, started in the spring of 2006, in honor of Molly who lost her eyes in a car accident. Due to great emergency medical treatment, Molly survived this traumatic injury. Many pets, and owners, are not as fortunate and some have been forced to make the difficult decision to euthanize their pet because they could not afford emergency medical care.
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.
RedRover Relief Grants are available to help pet caregivers pay for the cost of emergency veterinary care that they otherwise couldn’t afford. A grant application can be completed on their web site.
In addition to RedRover Relief Grants, pet owners will find a comprehensive list of veterinary financial assistance programs. There are national organizations, state organizations, breed-specific and condition-specific organizations, etc. The links are kept up-to-date.
There is a wealth of information available on the RedRover web site, and we highly recommend that pet owners familiarize themselves with the site and its resources BEFORE an emergency arises.
Waggle exists because too many pet owners have had this tragic experience. And while there are many paths to this moment, the experience is the same: a pet owner loves their dog or cat dearly, and is faced with the realization that their pet needs a medical procedure that they can’t afford. Reality hits like a ton of bricks. This innocent companion, who looks so lovingly at you, needs something that you can’t provide. You may feel helpless. You may feel afraid. You may feel like you failed them.
When this happens, the world seems cold and unfair. The love that you share with your pet, the significance of this relationship to you, the heartbreak…
This is not the world we want for you. And we exist to help save your pet’s life.
Pet Health & Behavior Information
“This website is an excellent resource for all things kitty… Bookmark it, read it, love it. It is your new best friend.”
– Dr. Elizabeth DeWandeler of Small Things Veterinary House Calls LLC
Dr. DeWandeler also posts many helpful articles on a variety of health and behavioral topics on her blog.
The Pets and Parasites web site was developed by CAPC, The Companion Animal Parasite Council. CAPC is an independent council of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other animal health care professionals established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. All content on Pets and Parasites is reviewed and endorsed by CAPC.
Pawbly is a social network for pet people. It is an easy way to get answers to pet-related questions about health, behavior, nutrition and more. Pawbly enables users to connect online with local and national pet professionals, experts, and caring individuals that have a lot of knowledge to share. It is FREE and is also available as an iPhone app.
VeterinaryPartner.com provides reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world’s first and largest online veterinary database and community.
The Pet Health Network is a comprehensive resource for pet health care information. Their team has a dedicated review board of veterinarians who help ensure that the site’s content meets the highest standards in education for pet parents. 100% of Pet Health Network’s medical content is veterinarian-approved.
VetStreet delivers advice from veterinarians, trainers and pet experts who are dedicated to providing the most trusted, authoritative information available. New content is posted daily, and includes the most current advice on dealing with everything from cat and dog training to serious health conditions. All medical content posted on VetStreet goes through additional review by veterinarians.
The Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. Please note there is a $59 per incident fee, payable by credit card. This fee covers the initial consultation as well as all follow-up calls associated with the management of the case.