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Pets' Medical Care

Like humans, animals are vulnerable to illnesses or accidents and they need medical care as well. However, depending on the medical condition of your pet, the medical expenses might be over-whelming. Visits to the veterinarians are usually costly.

Which vet or animal hospital should I bring my pet to?
Bostonians are generally animal-loving people and medical care for pets is aplenty. Websites like Yelp and Angie’s List have comprehensive lists of clinics, including reviews of veterinarians to help you make an informed choice.
Where is the nearest emergency vet clinic located?
It is important that all pet owners know where the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic is located. If a pet emergency arises, this experience can be very frightening and stressful for the pet owner. It is advised that pet owners should familiarise themselves with the nearest 24-hour veterinary hospital such as knowing the emergency number and fastest driving route to the clinic.
Should the emergency crop up, it is best to call ahead so that the clinic staff can prepare to provide emergency care for the injured or sick pet as soon as he or she arrives.
Animal Emergency Clinics near MIT:

Angell Animal Medical Center - Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston

Tel: 617-522-7282

What if my pet’s medical bills are too expensive?
Medical bills for pets are very costly and in some cases, pet owners take up a pet insurance to help ease the bills. There are many companies offering affordable pet insurance that can help to offset the pricey bills. Terms and conditions differ for different companies and health plan and you can always check online for a quotation.
Pet insurance Companies:
Another alternative is to bring your pet to a donations-based clinic. However, operating hours and services are limited and you have to be prepared to wait as no appointments are accepted.
Merwin Memorial Free Clinic For Animals

542 Cambridge St

            Allston, MA 02134
            (617) 782-5420, (617) 782-5420
Hours: Mon-Wed, Sat 12 pm - 3 pm, Wed 5 pm - 7 pm, Thu 12 pm - 7 pm, Fri 11 am - 3 pm
Click here for list of affordable animal clinics
Last Updated: January 2011