If you’ve ever owned a pet, you know how important that relationship can be. Simply put, pets are family. They offer comfort, companionship and unconditional love. And when that irreplaceable creature you live with is happy and healthy, you’re more likely to be happy and healthy.

That’s why CareCredit—the healthcare credit card specifically designed for your healthcare and wellness needs—offers veterinary and pet financing to help keep your most cherished family members in top shape. From routine appointments, vaccinations and teeth cleanings to emergency situations and surgeries, the CareCredit card gives you the peace of mind needed to care for pets big and small.

Making sure your pet gets nutritious food, or an annual check-up, or the best medicine at the right time, isn’t just good for your pet. It’s good for you. Studies have found that pet owners have lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of heart disease, and lower levels of stress.

But you don’t need studies to tell you how much pets enrich your life and how much—and how selflessly—they give. CareCredit helps you give back, including by preparing for the unexpected. In January 2016, when Renee H. learned that her beloved golden retriever Sizzle had been diagnosed with cancer, CareCredit allowed her to make choices for her care and give her chemotherapy. Two years later, Sizzle is thriving. As Renee said, “Sizzle’s life is all about walks on the beach, playing tug, lazy Sunday afternoons and cookies!” 

Another CareCredit user, Rachel K., said, “My senior dog, Oskar, recently developed diabetes and arthritis, but that’s not stopping him! With the new arthritis meds, he can tug, chase, and fetch…He’s more active now than he was last year. My dogs are my family, my pack, my heart.”

Quite often, animals bring out the best in us and show us how to be our best selves. But as with any healthcare situation, a pet health crisis can mean difficult questions, especially financial questions around whether to go ahead with an expensive procedure.

Just a few months after adopting a black cat from a shelter, Gabriela B. woke up one morning to find him in severe pain. The veterinarian told her the cat needed a costly procedure right away. Using CareCredit’s monthly payment plan, she was able to afford the procedure. “The day was saved,” she said.

As Renee, Rachel, Gabriela and countless others have seen, CareCredit is all about helping you show your pets the same love and generosity they show you every day. After all, what’s better for your own sense of well-being than knowing you’ve done everything possible to give your pet the love and care they deserve? Learn more here.

This article was produced by Thrive Global and sponsored by CareCredit.