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I just got laid off my job and my unemployment barely covers my rent. I'm not sure I can take the heartbreak of my dog passing away. He's a good boy.
Another mention about the Care Credit card. I applied the Humane Society I go to and had the card in less than 30 mins. You can apply online. Since your not working, perhaps someone can help you out with a co-signature if need be. Call you local humane society, perhaps can give some resources that can help you out. Your dog needs to be seen asap.
Call your regular vet (or other vets listed in your area) and see if he/she can help, given the circumstances. I have found that it never hurts to ask, especially when it involves one of my family. Good luck and try!
Go to humanesociety.org for a list of assistance programs.
For about 2 weeks my cat has one eye that is red and looks bad. I live in Hawley Pennsylvania and am trying to find a reasonable vet that would take payments. I do not have a credit card. Her eye is just getting worse. I don't know if she cut it some how or got into a fight with the other 3 cats; I have 6 all together but 2 of them are in my room so she didn't fight with them. I have done everything I could think of. It looks like she could lose it. I can't find a vet that will take payments so far. It not a virus otherwise the rest would have it. She was born in 2009 and it would kill me if something happened to her. We used to have a vet that came to our house, an older man with his wife. He used to be reasonable, but now he is way too much. He's retired, but does this to keep him going. If any of you kind people can help I would be so grateful. Thank you.
Apply for a care credit card. You can use it for vet expenses with special financing. I'm not one for credit cards but this is one to have if you have pets. Has saved me and my dogs many times.
I think the pet is still better off in a loving home that cannot afford Emergency care then having no home or stuck in a cage or euthanized
Judgemental answer, hope your job is secure and you never are in that situation
I think you are rude and insensitive to say "if you can't afford vet care you can't afford a pet". Who are you to say something like that to someone you don't even know? You don't know the circumstances surrounding the reason why I can't afford vet care and it's really none of your business. You have no business answering people's questions because you are not really trying to help
Yes because people predict that their pets will be be hit by a car, or develope cancer, or get bit and contract rabies and what about the parvo virus? People dont expect for these things to happen but they do. If people go to the hospital and need emergency surgery they get it wether they have insurance or not and have the time the bills wont be paid if they have no insurance. Pets are apart of the family for many and they are taken care of taken to the vet for vaccines and check up but you cant predict an accident or a vet service that cost more than your rent or car payment. So instead of being an @**hole why dont you actually give advise and help.
I feel that's really rude to tell someone who truly loves their animac that if they can't afford they can't have it. You don't know one persons situation from the next so it's really rude to say something like to someone who is already upset. I hope your not a vet or Dr because you have horrible bedside manners.
By Alice J.
I am lucky that I have a vet that I have been taking my pets to for years. Because of this, I was able to get my cat taken care of by making monthly payments. I just asked if I could make payments and he said yes. However, in the front office it says payment required when service is rendered. So, if I were you and don't have a regular vet, I would let my fingers do the walking and go through the phone book and call every vet there is and ask them if they will take payments and explain that you are low income and your pet is sick. Good luck and God bless.
Have you tried calling around to the vets in your area asking for help? I did that and found one who helped me with my elderly Boxer. I cleaned kennels and walked boarding dogs to repay the vet for the discounted service, it was a real blessing to me and my old fellow.
Good luck, I hope you can find someone to help!
Check with your local animal shelter. They may know of programs that can help you.
Have you talked to your current Veterinarian ( you must have one ) because the Cat would have been given it's C5 vacation shots. If the poor animal is so sick ( with no disrespect ) you have wasted time posting this assistance the only person qualifed to help you is a Vet offer to pay the account on a regular basis. Veterinary Surgeons are a business the same as any-one else. Good luck.
i have a puppy who,s in alot of pain n needs to see a vet right away. she,s got 2 big bumps on her back side near her rectum 1 is as big if not bigger then a golf ball. but i,m on odsp n can,t really afford to take her to a vet is there a payment plan. or any place cheap. plz help as don,t want to loose my girl ty.
I need to find a vet that will take a small payment now and let me pay off the remaining amount with monthly payments. I only have like 60 dollars now. My kitten has to be seen by someone or I am sure he will die. Please any information will be helpful at this point. Thanks
By Latricia from Taylorsville, Utah
You'll have to call some veterinarians in your area and ask the same question.
Care Credit is a payment plan. It is interest-free for up to one year. You can use it not only for your vet, but it can be used for your own medical bills. www.carecredit.com. I had a $5,000 vet bill, and this saved me. After one year, the interest will be charged at more than 25%, so you will have to manage those payments. Oh yes, the vet is the one who signed me up for this, at the office.
Credit Care is worthless for most people. So why do you keep referring them?
My dog broke her leg and I go to school full time and don't have money, so the vet wouldn't help me. They sent her home with broken leg what can I do?
Your dog is in pain, needs help immediately and very few vets take time payments. You can call vets in your area for possible help, however, most vets require immediate payment in full. You can also try to find the needed money as a loan from family or friends and provide the help your dog needs now.
Check with your local humane society. They often know of dog rescues that may take your dog and get it medical care. There is a program called "care credit" that gives small loans that you pay back interest free. Most Vets know about it. They do have a web site also. If you are late on a payment you will be charged interest retroactively. Good luck.
I need help for kitten with broken leg. The owner cannot afford the 3600.00 quoted. Any ideas?
My sister's dog needs a vet. He has something seriously wrong with him. His testicles are swollen. He has fluids coming from his back leg and the head to his penis is swollen to the size of a golf ball. She did take him to the vet's, but the vet diagnosed him with the wrong thing and gave him the wrong meds. The fluids come from his penis when he pees, so it is not just pee. My sister really needs to take him to a vet that will do payments cause he is a very good dog.
I don't know of any that do payments, but your dog needs to go to the vet regardless.
My boyfriend's dog got ahold of my little kitty today and now she has her jaw broken and needs surgery. I can't afford it and don't want to lose her or for her to live unhappy with her mouth always open if it heals by itself. The vet said it would cost up to 1000.00 at the most, but I could barely afford her bill today. Help please.
Contact your local Humane Society. The website for our local Humane Society lists several clinics that provide emergency services. Contact the clinics to see if any can work with you to discount fee or offer payments. The Humane Society site also has contact information for 5 local groups that provide financial aid for a pet's medical service. Hopefully your local Humane Society can help. It is very important that you get a broken jaw dealt with right away!!
I have a puppy who cut her leg really bad and with the holiday I have no money. She needs to see the vet badly. I have four babies that love her; she is family. Can someone please help me with any information.
I would go to the local ASPCA. They should be able to help.
Its been 6 days now, any updates? Keep in clean if possible to help avoid infection. Did you call all your local vets to see if any take payments?
My cat Smokey is a 4 year old male and we had him fixed about 2 years ago. Smokey has been puking after he eats and it's been going on for almost 2 weeks. I really can't afford medical treatment for him and I was hoping you could recommend a vet that will take monthly payments.
By Joanne C
I need to find a vet that will accept payment plans in my area. The zip is 92882 in Corona, California. My dog is pooping blood. Please help.
I have a comment for the person who said if you can't afford the vet bills don't have a pet. If you are unable to help don't comment. FYI hospitals do not turn people away who are sick or injured because they are unable to pay up front, they bill the people, which is basically what the is being asked in this post.
I am unemployed and disabled, it's rough seeing her in this condition. So my question is: Does anyone know of a vet in Stockton, California who will provide services for a very small amount of cash during the first visit. I am willing to make payments, but they won't be much until I get my disability checks each month.
By Brittney B.
Check with your local animal shelters. They may have some resources for you to check out.
Took my 3 month old kitten to vet to find out she has a broken hip. She needs surgery that costs $900 or I can kill the kitten for $250. I don't have money for any of it. The only other option is to surrender her for $175 at the humane society. I don't have money for that either. It's life or death for her. I spent my rent and electronic money on her already. I won't have a home or electronic soon because of it, but I don't want to have to kill her myself because there's no vets that will do a payment plan. I can't get a credit card unfortunately I've tried, I've also tried go fund me account, and also tried petplan and care credit. I am trying everything I can just so she can keep her life. I'm at a loss.
At the moment we are in receipt of Council Tax benefit (support), but because of earning about 20 pound a month too much we will soon not be eligible. We are still only making ends meet and the fact that we were eligible for PDSA treatment for a cat we took off the street may end soon. He is 23 and has an on going heart condition which means he needs medication every day to stay alive. I just won't be able to afford, not only the medication, but also the vet bills. Never will I be able to afford all at once. I've tried getting insurance, but he was either too old or the on going heart condition makes it impossible to get him one. My question is where can I pay monthly to get treatment when necessary for my cat?
By Rachel-Leigh from Plymouth
My puppy is in need of care. I think she has an ear infection and she stumbles when she walks. I think something is wrong with her back leg, too. I don't have money, but I can make monthly payments.
I'm taking care of a Doberman with 10, four week old puppies. I think she has a urinary tract infection. She is beginning to pee in her sleep and drinks volumes of water. She needs to be seen asap, but I don't get paid until the 21st of this month. Can anyone offer up any advice? I have no credit, and cannot get any. I can pay on the 21st.
My beautiful German Shepherd, Raquel, is 3yrs old. She has heartworms and the treatments are so expensive; I can't afford it. Does anyone know of a veterinarian that accepts payment plans? If anyone has any information, please share with me.
I live outside of Highlands, right outside of Houston, Texas.
My cat is in need of good, quality veterinary care. I just started a new job, and had a rescue group helping me for awhile with her medical care and expenses. Unfortunately, I would like to get her seen again as soon as possible. My cat, Gizmo, for more than a few months, has had really foul smelling stools, sometimes mixed with mucous and blood. She is avoiding her litter pan, but is always going in one of five or six places (with up to 10 to 15 stools a day).
Now before anyone claims I am neglecting her, she was "examined" by a low cost vet at a local shelter who told me it was her food, more aptly, the dyes in the food. They did no tests and no real exam. Unfortunately, this is the only vet that the rescue group will pay for.
I applied for care credit and was declined due to never having had a credit card and having one outstanding bill that I plan on paying off when I get a check that can actually go toward paying it off (Gizmo comes first). The rest is from my own medical expenses and should be off my credit report by now, but aren't. I was covered by Medicaid at the time of treatment and never received a bill for any of it. I'm still fighting that battle.
Unfortunately, I don't get issued a check until the 20 or 21 of May and I am just tired of seeing her suffer because no one wants to do their jobs.
It's not that I cannot afford her, she is an integral part of my own mental health care and is technically a service animal even though she isn't certified as such. Criticizing a disabled person for having a service animal is wrong so long as they have the resources that would ordinarily assist in caring for said animal. It's just I am having problems finding a vet that will provide quality care without having to wait 10 or 12 days longer, until I get my first paycheck.
I know that Bancroft Animal Hospital has a program for a free first visit, but it doesn't cover tests and medications, nor does it cover vaccines (she had her shots in February).
One of the things I do plan to do for her is get her a health insurance plan to help cover costs in the future.
Please, if someone can help us, I'd appreciate it, more for Gizmo than myself.
A Cat Owner in Wilmington, DE
I live in the North Jersey area. My family's 12 yr old Cocker Spaniel is in need of an operation to remove his bladder stones. My parents are both elderly, with medical issues, and my dad has been out of work for a few months time so things are a little tight.
Our vet is estimating the surgery at $2700-3400. We have about 2200 to put down, but are looking for a vet that will work out a payment plan for the remaining balance. We applied for Care Credit but were denied. I am in the process of applying for grants and assistance from a bunch of organizations, but was wondering if anyone knew of any vets in the area that offer payment programs so that we can get this surgery done ASAP, as my poor sweet boy is really suffering.
I am in need of a veterinarian who will accept payments. I am in the Albany, Lebanon, Corvallis, Oregon area. Is there any place that can help me?
www.rosesfund.org is an excellent source of information for assistance all across the United States. Got this information from the January 2016 Costco Connection magazine. Hope this helps you find what you need for your fur baby.
My dog has bad teeth, he needs to be put out. Some need to be pulled and the rest cleaned. The cheapest I was quoted was around 250.00. I can't afford it and my credit is not good at all. Are there any vets that would take it in 3 or 4 payments. He is not feeling good a lot and I am very concerned. Please help. I have a job and checking account and can arrange them to take it out automatically on certain paydates once a month.
By Chris from Kellyton, AL
I have a 6 year old Pug and I first started noticing him acting strangely about 3 days ago. He has been extremely needy and tonight when I got home from work, I went to pick him up and he started continuously yelping.
I started to rub him all over to find out where he is hurting. It seems like it is his front under the chest and his right under belly area. Any ideas? I need to take him to the vet, but can't afford it at this time and it's killing me. He is barely eating or drinking and he holds his body strangely when he walks.