There are several options to getting low or sometimes even no-cost vet care. TSCR has a very large service area and it would be virtually impossible to list all available sources. Using the following nine suggestions will generally get you great options in your geographic area. In the event you find nothing, please email us at Info@TriStateCollieRescue.org. In addition to finding lower-cost options, pet insurance is also a great idea for some homes and is even being offered now through some employers as part of their benefits package. Each plan is different so check out the details and see if pet insurance may be right for you.
Local animal welfare organizations, rescue groups, and shelters often offer low-cost vaccinations, spaying, and neutering. They also offer other routine care.
Veterinary schools are typically cheaper than veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. While procedures are performed by students, they are supervised by a vet.
Check out the American Veterinary Medical Association’s list of accredited veterinary colleges for a location near you.
Veterinarians’ prices can vary widely. For example, when I was looking for a new vet in New Orleans, I called six different clinics. The base cost of a visit ranged from $35 to $75. So, check around.
If your pet needs an expensive medical treatment or you’re struggling to cover the cost of care, discuss the situation with your veterinarian. Some vets offer payment plans or discounts to their steady clients.
If your vet can’t help — and you can’t afford an expensive and necessary medical procedure — you may be able to get help from a charity.
The Humane Society of the United States has a list of organizations that help with the cost of certain types of medical care for pets.
If you’re buying prescription medication directly from your vet, you may be overpaying. Compare prices online at sites like:
Be careful when buying pet medications online, and deal only with reputable sites. Finally, ask your vet if he or she will match the best price you find.
Just like human-centered businesses, vets offer specials. My vet has offered a 20% discount for new patients and $25 off dental cleanings.
Be sure to check out veterinary websites and social media accounts for deals.
Take precautions to reduce your pet’s chances of requiring expensive medical care. Such steps include:
If your pet has a serious medical condition, the most expensive treatment may not be the best course of action. Ask your vet about treatment options and costs, as well as the likely prognosis for your pet.