Facing Medical Challenges?
How to prevent and prepare for costly medical care
Pets do come with expenses and it’s something to consider and budget before obtaining a new pet. Some costs are expected, such as supplies and annual vet exams. But sometimes a dog or cat can become ill, requiring more extensive and frequent visits to the vet.
There are organizations that exist to help in certain scenarios, but most are on an application basis, so expect a process. You can always reach out to the following organizations for further suggestions.
As a pet owner, there are actions you can take to prevent, prepare for, and address costly medical issues:
Make preventative care a priority
- This means annual exams, keeping vaccinations up to date, spaying/neutering, parasite protection, exercise, appropriate diet, and regular dental care.
- Not fulfilling preventative actions could lead to greater and costlier health issues in the future.
Consider pet health insurance
- There are different pet health insurance companies and plans that help cover routine and emergency care.
- Talk to your vet about pet insurance.
- Always check with pet insurance companies on breed restrictions.
Consider a savings account for emergencies
- If you’re able to, putting away a reasonable amount of money each month could help you prepare for a medical need or emergency for a pet.
Apply for Care Credit
- Care Credit is a personal form of credit for healthcare for the while family, including your pet.
- Take your pet to a low-cost vet clinic to alleviate financial stress.
- Talk to a vet and inquire about payment plans for emergencies or costly procedures.
Low-Cost Vet Clinics
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
25 N 40th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-273-6852, ext. 122
Arizona Humane Society
1521 W. Dobbins Road
Phoenix, AZ 85041
Bark Avenue Animal Hospital
3109 E. McKellips Road
Mesa, AZ 85213
480-210-5610 Ext. 1
Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit
Faust Animal Hospital
3111 E Greenway Rd #101
Phoenix, AZ 85032
600 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Katz & Dogs Wellness Clinic
10246 W. Beardsley Rd
Peoria, AZ 85308
Little Rascals Mobile Surgical Unit (Dental)
P.O. Box 87291
Phoenix, AZ 85080
North Phoenix Animal Clinic
1610 E. Bell Road, Suite #107
Phoenix, AZ 85022
PAWS – Phoenix Animal Wellness Services
20635 N Cave Creek Road, A-2
Phoenix, AZ 85024
Phoenix Dog Cat Bird Hospital
3418 N 7th Ave
Phoenix AZ, 85013
Sun Valley Hope Animal Hospital
5450 W Glenn Dr
Glendale, AZ 85301
There are organizations in the Valley that are available to provide assistance. Most will require an application and have some eligibility requirements. Contact directly for more information.
Vet Care Assistance
Brown Dog Foundation, Inc.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance
Magic Bullet Fund
Paws 4 a Cure
Free fundraising for animals
The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
The Mosby Foundation
The Onyx and Breezy Foundation
For individuals and non-profits
The Pet Fund