3 Ways to Prepare for Your Pet's Medical Costs
Pet Health Insurance
Yes, there is health insurance for your pets! Plans are often very affordable and cover everything from "maintenance" care such as yearly checkups and vaccines, to accidents and serious illnesses. Make sure to read the full policy to know what is covered by the plan you select. Two new pet health insurance plans are now offered by Purina through PurinaCare and they offer free quotes over the phone too.
You can open a separate regular credit card so you have a card with an available balance in case of an emergency, or if that might be too much temptation for other spending, there is a vet version of Carecredit—check with your vet's office to see if they accept CareCredit before applying. You will be responsible for paying the full cost of the vet services—it is not insurance. But you can pay it and the interest over time.
Regular Savings Account
How much would you be willing to spend if your pet got sick? If you can, set aside that amount in a regular savings account. If your bank offers a savings account you can link to your credit card or debit card account, set it up that way—so if you rush to the ER vet on a Saturday night, you'll still have access to those emergency funds if needed.
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