Cost of Care
Costs Involved in Specialized Veterinary Care
We are committed to providing excellent care for your pet at a reasonable cost.
As a premier regional medical center, Veterinary Specialty Hospital is staffed by highly-skilled, board-certified veterinary specialists and qualified certified technicians. Our equipment and technology is state-of-the-art and is continuously upgraded as technology evolves. Many treatments and procedures are complex and involve the attention of multiple skilled professionals. Additionally, VSH operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week, so that your pet receives high quality, continuous care. All of these advantages incur certain costs, over and above what a non-specialized animal hospital needs to invest.
As in human medicine, care has become more effective and faster, and at the same time more complex and often more expensive. Even so, the equivalent treatment for the same disease in a person costs far less for pets.
Often, specialty care will actually save money. Advanced diagnostics can pinpoint a problem quickly enabling use of the most effective treatment. Without these diagnostics, veterinarians must guess at the problem and may have to re-treat the animal several times.
Ways to Manage Expenses
- Keep our fees reasonable in relation to the quality of care.
- Provide estimates as early and as accurately as possible.
- Offer a variety of payment options.
We will provide you with an estimate of the cost of care for your pet to the fullest extent possible. Due to the unpredictable nature of some conditions, the course of treatment and outcome with accompanying cost cannot be fully predicted. Before treatment begins, the medical team will provide you with a recommended treatment plan and expense summary. Once you agree to a plan, you will be asked to sign the estimate and make a deposit.
If the actual services exceed the treatment plan, we will make every effort to keep you informed of the additional care and cost during the treatment phase. In some cases, this may not be possible given the patient's condition and need for immediate care. Please share all of your questions and concerns regarding costs with your doctor or technician before treatment begins. It is important that your medical team has a clear understanding of your wishes before any course of treatment is undertaken.
Payment for services is due at the time of discharge. A deposit will be required if your pet is hospitalized and for certain procedures and treatments.
Veterinary Specialty Hospital accepts cash, check, debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Care Credit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage.