We all want to provide the best care possible for our pets, but sometimes figuring out the financial side of providing care can be stressful.
At Westgate Pet Clinic, we want to make sure that our clients have options for managing their veterinary bill, and budgeting for future expenses.
Managing a veterinary bill when your pet is sick.
No one wants to have their pet become ill. Not only is it worrisome to see your pet sick, but having a large, unplanned for bill can be very stressful. We offer several alternative payment options for clients to help manage their veterinary expenses.
Care Credit: Care Credit is a credit card for your pet. This card allows no-interest financing at Westgate Pet Clinic for up to 6 months. This card can be used any time at Westgate, and most of our local emergency clinics and referral hospitals also accept Care Credit! Care Credit provides an instant line of credit at each visit and allows you to easily spread your expenses into manageable monthly payments.
Payment Banc: If Care Credit is not an option for you, our clinic has also partnered with Payment Banc. After a $25 set-up fee and a 25% down payment, Payment Banc will divide your veterinary bill into monthly payments for up to a 12 month period. Each month, Payment Banc will process the pre-determined amount on your personal credit card.
Budgeting for Well Pet Visits.
Care Credit and Payment Banc are not just options for when your pet gets sick. You can use these budgeting tools for Wellness Visits, Heartworm and Flea Tick preventatives, Vaccines and Medications! If you would like more information on using Care Credit or Payment Banc for your pet’s Wellness Visits, please ask a team member about how to get started with either of these payment options.
Asking for an Estimate
We are always happy to provide you with an estimate before services are performed. Just ask!
Open Communication with your Veterinarian
All of our doctors are comfortable working with you to develop a treatment plan that you are comfortable with both financially and philosophically. Open communication with your veterinarian about financial concerns, or “how far you want to go” with treatment is imperative for you to get the care you want. Veterinarians are used to working with clients that have a wide range budgets and philosophies about health care. Bringing up your concerns and wishes for your pet from the onset will allow for the best working relationship.
Pet Insurance is another way to budget for your pet’s medical expenses. For more information about Pet Health Insurance, click here.
What is Petly?
Petly is a free service that allows you to access your pet’s medical file and more! With Petly you can:
- View and print your pet’s vaccine status
- Your veterinarian can share lab results
- Make appointments and prescription requests on-line.
- Read up-to date pet health articles
REQUEST A PETLY ACCOUNT: firstname.lastname@example.org
We've all been there. Our beloved pet is getting old. He's sleeping more, moving a little slower and he doesn't seem to be hearing as well. He still likes to play ball but not as vigorously as he used to and he tires more quickly. We start to wonder, is it time?
Having pets in our lives is a great joy. From the first introduction into our household to becoming part of the family to growing older, our pets are beside us every step of the way. We don't think about tomorrow or "what ifs". We just enjoy the time we have.
Our pets age many times faster than we do. A 10 year old dog or cat is about 56 human years and larger breed dogs age even more rapidly. So while our pets are still kittens or puppies in our hearts, they are actually quite a bit older.
What do we do when we are faced with the declining health of our pet? What factors come into play in deciding when is the right time and how far do we go? The decision is a very personal one and different for each pet owner.
It all comes down to quality of life. Quality of life is very subjective. It depends on your pet's disease process, his/her personality and your own personal beliefs. There are, however, some things to consider when evaluating the quality of your pet's life.
Congratulations to Westgate Pet Clinic for winning "Best Veterinarian in Edina" for 2016! A special thank-you to all of our dedicated clients that voted for us. Words cannot express how much we value and appreciate you and your "furry children". Also, thank you to Edina Magazine for featuring us in their 2016 "Best Of" issue.