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Earl the English Bulldog

1 year old
Enucleation (eye removal)
Petaluma, CA

Earl the English Bulldog. Even without seeing a picture of him, you can just imagine a stocky, smiley pooch filled with energy and a big smile on his funny face. Earl’s definitely an outdoorsy fella, spending most of his time in the backyard chasing squirrels and rolling around in the grass.

One morning while out in the yard, Earl let out a big yelp. His mom ran out to check on him and noticed his left eye had a deep scratch. Perhaps one of the squirrels he’s always chasing finally fought back? As far as she could tell, the wound was serious enough that an infection could be an issue. Concerned, she took Earl for an emergency visit to see his veterinarian.

One look at Earl and the doctor knew it wasn’t good. She examined the eye and performed some tests on it before making the decision to schedule an enucleation. Enucleation is a procedure which would remove his eye and permanently stitch his eyelids together. It’s never an easy decision to perform this surgical procedure, but in Earl’s case, it was the best defense against infection and permanent damage.

While looking at Earl’s records, the veterinarian noticed that the one-year-old hadn’t been neutered yet. She asked Earl’s mom if she wanted to add a quick neutering procedure while he was under. It wouldn’t take too much extra time. Earl’s mom thought it was a good idea but worried about the added expense, especially since she wasn’t prepared for an eye surgery to begin with. That’s when the doctor told her about VitusPay. With VitusPay, Earl’s mom could break up the bill into 4 equal payments without interest or opening up a new line of credit –– she could still use her regular credit card.

Earl’s mom, surprised and delighted to know that there was a more affordable option, not only opted to go for the neutering, but decided to throw in a $50 flea and tick collar, as well. She figured since Earl loves the outdoors so much, he should be as protected as possible. She breathed a sigh of relief when she was presented with the $931 bill, knowing that she’d be able to take care of it by splitting up the bill through VitusPay.

The enucleation surgery and the neutering went off without a hitch! Earl the one-eyed English Bulldog was able to go home later that day and rest comfortably. After a few weeks of recovery, he’s back to doing what he loves –– playing in the yard. Only now, he leaves the squirrels alone.

To Earl’s family, he’s still that happy pup they’ve always known him to be. The smile on his face remains, only now he’s added a wink to it.

Earl the English Bulldog

1 year old
Enucleation (eye removal)
Petaluma, CA

Earl the English Bulldog. Even without seeing a picture of him, you can just imagine a stocky, smiley pooch filled with energy and a big smile on his funny face. Earl’s definitely an outdoorsy fella, spending most of his time in the backyard chasing squirrels and rolling around in the grass.

One morning while out in the yard, Earl let out a big yelp. His mom ran out to check on him and noticed his left eye had a deep scratch. Perhaps one of the squirrels he’s always chasing finally fought back? As far as she could tell, the wound was serious enough that an infection could be an issue. Concerned, she took Earl for an emergency visit to see his veterinarian.

One look at Earl and the doctor knew it wasn’t good. She examined the eye and performed some tests on it before making the decision to schedule an enucleation. Enucleation is a procedure which would remove his eye and permanently stitch his eyelids together. It’s never an easy decision to perform this surgical procedure, but in Earl’s case, it was the best defense against infection and permanent damage.

While looking at Earl’s records, the veterinarian noticed that the one-year-old hadn’t been neutered yet. She asked Earl’s mom if she wanted to add a quick neutering procedure while he was under. It wouldn’t take too much extra time. Earl’s mom thought it was a good idea but worried about the added expense, especially since she wasn’t prepared for an eye surgery to begin with. That’s when the doctor told her about VitusPay. With VitusPay, Earl’s mom could break up the bill into 4 equal payments without interest or opening up a new line of credit –– she could still use her regular credit card.

Earl’s mom, surprised and delighted to know that there was a more affordable option, not only opted to go for the neutering, but decided to throw in a $50 flea and tick collar, as well. She figured since Earl loves the outdoors so much, he should be as protected as possible. She breathed a sigh of relief when she was presented with the $931 bill, knowing that she’d be able to take care of it by splitting up the bill through VitusPay.

The enucleation surgery and the neutering went off without a hitch! Earl the one-eyed English Bulldog was able to go home later that day and rest comfortably. After a few weeks of recovery, he’s back to doing what he loves –– playing in the yard. Only now, he leaves the squirrels alone.

To Earl’s family, he’s still that happy pup they’ve always known him to be. The smile on his face remains, only now he’s added a wink to it.

Rodney the Cat

16 years old
Abdominal mass
Dallas, TX

Rodney has always been an active kitty with an active appetite! After long afternoons of playing with his younger brother Sid, he’d always be starving for dinner. So it was concerning to his mom, Sara when he suddenly traded play time for laying around sluggishly and lost interest in eating dinner.

Sara took Rodney to see his vet as soon as they could get an appointment. Rodney and Sid love Dr. Jones! They’ve been seeing him since they were just kittens. This time instead of healthy checkup results, Dr. Jones found a mass in Rodney’s abdomen. After consulting with Sara, Dr. Jones gave Rodney fluids as well as injectable steroids to stimulate his appetite and keep him feeling as comfortable as possible.

Rodney’s bill came out to $677.81, an expense Sara hadn’t anticipated as part of her budget for the month. She was worried about the price, so practice manager extraordinaire, Jenny, set Sara up with VitusPay. Now, Sara can easily split her bill into 6 equal payments of $112.97, an amount much easier to balance with her other bills. 

While Sara and Rodney wait for lab work results to come in, they’re relying on treatment to keep him out of pain. Luckily, the steroids have helped Rodney regain interest in dinnertime and he’s back to playing, though gently, with his little brother Sid.

Rodney the Cat

16 years old
Abdominal mass
Dallas, TX

Rodney has always been an active kitty with an active appetite! After long afternoons of playing with his younger brother Sid, he’d always be starving for dinner. So it was concerning to his mom, Sara when he suddenly traded play time for laying around sluggishly and lost interest in eating dinner.

Sara took Rodney to see his vet as soon as they could get an appointment. Rodney and Sid love Dr. Jones! They’ve been seeing him since they were just kittens. This time instead of healthy checkup results, Dr. Jones found a mass in Rodney’s abdomen. After consulting with Sara, Dr. Jones gave Rodney fluids as well as injectable steroids to stimulate his appetite and keep him feeling as comfortable as possible.

Rodney’s bill came out to $677.81, an expense Sara hadn’t anticipated as part of her budget for the month. She was worried about the price, so practice manager extraordinaire, Jenny, set Sara up with VitusPay. Now, Sara can easily split her bill into 6 equal payments of $112.97, an amount much easier to balance with her other bills. 

While Sara and Rodney wait for lab work results to come in, they’re relying on treatment to keep him out of pain. Luckily, the steroids have helped Rodney regain interest in dinnertime and he’s back to playing, though gently, with his little brother Sid.

Murphy the Corgi

15 years old
Quality of life issues
Virginia Beach, VA

15-year-old corgi Murphy has been a joy to his family since he was a pup! He was there when his human brother and sister were born. All three grew up together as each others’ best playmates, creating so many childhood memories. Now that Murphy is a senior dog, many ailments have started setting in and he’s a lot slower than he used to be.

When Murphy got stuck at the top of the stairs, no longer able to go down them by himself, his dad, Rob, made an appointment with their vet, Dr. Richards. Murphy’s x-rays revealed a progression of arthritis in his elbows, not uncommon for older corgis. Rob was relieved it wasn’t bone cancer! Dr. Richards then administered laser therapy to help with blood flow to soothe Murphy’s arthritis.

Upon further examination, Dr. Richards realized that Murphy’s issues extended beyond more than just his elbows. Murphy was given a 6-month supply of heartworm medication, flea & tick medication, and antacids for his newly-sensitive stomach.

Of course, all of these treatments really added up for Rob. Luckily, practice manager Sheila knew what to do! She set Rob up with VitusPay which allowed him to break down his $721.49 bill into 3 equal payments of $240.49.

Now, Murphy may not be the playmate he was when the kids were little, but he’s managing to go for walks (and go down the stairs) with less pain!

Murphy the Corgi

15 years old
Quality of life issues
Virginia Beach, VA

15-year-old corgi Murphy has been a joy to his family since he was a pup! He was there when his human brother and sister were born. All three grew up together as each others’ best playmates, creating so many childhood memories. Now that Murphy is a senior dog, many ailments have started setting in and he’s a lot slower than he used to be.

When Murphy got stuck at the top of the stairs, no longer able to go down them by himself, his dad, Rob, made an appointment with their vet, Dr. Richards. Murphy’s x-rays revealed a progression of arthritis in his elbows, not uncommon for older corgis. Rob was relieved it wasn’t bone cancer! Dr. Richards then administered laser therapy to help with blood flow to soothe Murphy’s arthritis.

Upon further examination, Dr. Richards realized that Murphy’s issues extended beyond more than just his elbows. Murphy was given a 6-month supply of heartworm medication, flea & tick medication, and antacids for his newly-sensitive stomach.

Of course, all of these treatments really added up for Rob. Luckily, practice manager Sheila knew what to do! She set Rob up with VitusPay which allowed him to break down his $721.49 bill into 3 equal payments of $240.49.

Now, Murphy may not be the playmate he was when the kids were little, but he’s managing to go for walks (and go down the stairs) with less pain!

Poncho the Horse

21 years old
Wounded leg
Cape Coral, FL

After saving for years, Maria’s dream of owning trail horses came true when Poncho and Matilda, two retired quarter horses, trotted into her life. Maria and her husband Alex would spend their days brushing and riding them on their Florida property. At 9:30 one evening, Maria went to Poncho’s stable and noticed a large gash in his leg.

It must have happened in the field within the last few hours, she thought. Panicked, she called a 24/7 large animal emergency vet to make a barn call.

This was Maria’s first time using this vet, but she was relieved when Dr. Sinclair promptly arrived. The vet noticed the gash in Poncho’s leg was fairly deep. She cleaned the wound, sutured it, and bandaged the leg. She dispensed an antibiotic and painkillers and instructed Maria to give them to Poncho twice daily.

For the late-night emergency call, cleaning the wound, and the medication, Maria was looking at a $603 bill. This was an emergency Maria wasn’t expecting so Dr. Sinclair introduced her to VitusPay. Now Maria has 6 equal payments of $100.50, making it easier for her to pay off.

Poncho is now recovering comfortably and his wound is healing without any issues. Maria hopes to take her favorite horse out for a ride in the next few weeks.

Poncho the Horse

21 years old
Wounded leg
Cape Coral, FL

After saving for years, Maria’s dream of owning trail horses came true when Poncho and Matilda, two retired quarter horses, trotted into her life. Maria and her husband Alex would spend their days brushing and riding them on their Florida property. At 9:30 one evening, Maria went to Poncho’s stable and noticed a large gash in his leg.

It must have happened in the field within the last few hours, she thought. Panicked, she called a 24/7 large animal emergency vet to make a barn call.

This was Maria’s first time using this vet, but she was relieved when Dr. Sinclair promptly arrived. The vet noticed the gash in Poncho’s leg was fairly deep. She cleaned the wound, sutured it, and bandaged the leg. She dispensed an antibiotic and painkillers and instructed Maria to give them to Poncho twice daily.

For the late-night emergency call, cleaning the wound, and the medication, Maria was looking at a $603 bill. This was an emergency Maria wasn’t expecting so Dr. Sinclair introduced her to VitusPay. Now Maria has 6 equal payments of $100.50, making it easier for her to pay off.

Poncho is now recovering comfortably and his wound is healing without any issues. Maria hopes to take her favorite horse out for a ride in the next few weeks.

Budget-friendly monthly payment plans

VitusPay™ puts you in control of your cash flow – and your pet’s health. No application or credit check needed since the monthly plans are processed using your existing Visa® or Mastercard® credit card. VitusPay is powered by Splitit which makes it easy to split the amount due into equal monthly payments.