You become a Member of the Veterinary Care Foundation at no charge. annual fees are usually paid to the Veterinary Care Foundation annually and are fully deductible on your tax return as an individual business expense. Your charitable account is activated when payment is (usually) made (by check, online or by phone with a debit or credit card.) Once your account is active you will have the option to purchase gift cards and/or certificates for pet shops and veterinarians (depending on your local regulations.) Members may also enroll their dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles and plants in veterinary care programs.
Veterinary Care Foundation supports many animal welfare and specialty care programs. Critical care medicine for pets includes special diets and preventative care for animals diagnosed with critical illnesses and conditions. Some states have enacted “home remedies” registries that require pet owners to supply specific forms of veterinarian care for their pets. In some areas, pet owners who are unable to provide their pets with the critical care required can take their pets to Critical Care Animal Clinics which is funded through the VCA and administered by veterinarians, nurses and other staff members of the VCA. In Maryland, pet owners must register with the Maryland SPCA in order to qualify for the free services.
Pet Insurance Plans is available from the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Animal Health Information Institute, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. These plans cover veterinarian care costs for pets that have been diagnosed with critical conditions. The veterinary care provided by the animal health clinic will be covered if the owner has obtained coverage through one of these plans. Pet insurance plans are usually affordable and provide coverage for routine vet visits and emergency vet care. Your veterinarian can explain the details of these plans and how to obtain an application.
Some people do not have enough money to cover the cost of regular veterinary care for their pets. If your pet is sick, you may need to file a claim with your insurance provider. You should contact your insurance provider before you bring your pet to the veterinary hospital to find out what procedures will be covered. Often times, it is enough to simply pay your deductible, which will reduce your monthly premium payments.
Some pet owners opt to have their pets insured through pet insurance plans. These plans typically provide coverage for accidents, disease, birth defects, cancer, dehydration, dental problems, vaccinations, kennel cough, pet immune disorders, and many other veterinary care issues. To find out more about the different plans available, you should contact a veterinary specialists association in your area.
Owners may be able to attend a symposium on pet care. Several times during the year, there are seminars that address the issue of pet owners’ concerns regarding their pets. You can usually find information about these meetings online. Many times, these seminars are held by local veterinarians. In some cases, the speakers will give lectures and demonstrations related to current topics in the veterinary world. These are great opportunities for pet owners to network with other pet owners.