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Saving Money for Pet Medical Expenses

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When your pet gets sick or has an accident you need to know ways to afford the cost of care. This guide is about saving money for pet medical expenses.
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By 19 found this helpful
August 5, 2008

I see a lot of requests for advice about sick pets from people unwilling or unable to go to the vet due to the expense. Here is what has worked for me. I have added pet care into my weekly budget.

I started a savings account. Each payday, the amount I have determined I can afford goes directly into that account. I do not use it for anything except vet costs. It adds up quickly and I always have enough for at least a checkup in that account.

Pets who receive regular checkups have less emergencies in the long run, as trouble can be detected before it is too late. We owe them nothing less.

By Kelly from Portland, OR

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

This is a really good idea. Planning ahead makes all the difference.

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

Good advice - and there are WAY too many requests on ThriftyFun regarding a pet's health. Some are very serious problems too. Everyone should understand they should talk to their vet about their pet's health first!

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

I'm in complete agreement. About time someone said this.

Marg from England.

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