Keeping your pet healthy and happy is dependent on good veterinary care. However, good care can be very expensive. There are ways to save money on these costs without jeopardizing the health of your pet. This is a guide to saving money on veterinary expenses.
A old neighbor of mine, that used to live on a farm, showed me how to vaccinate my dog myself. I had never heard of this before, but the vaccinations were much cheaper than a vet visit. I buy the vaccinations at the local feed store (except rabies.) When I asked my vet about this, she said it is a good way to save money on pet care, especially for younger dogs that do not need an annual checkup as much as an older dog would.
This tip also helped when we got a rescue dog that was so fearful of things (especially of the vet) that it was terribly traumatic for her to go. When I vaccinated her myself, she didn't even realize she had gotten a shot!
By Kay from North Bend, WA
I was wondering if this will work for cats too! We have a cat and she will need vaccinations soon.
to fifeshire: We have vets around here that will come to your house for routine vet care. I have spoken to people that use this service and really like it for their "special needs" pets. Of course it costs more, but it may be worth looking into mobile vets in your area.
to lindelsue: I'm not sure if you can do this for cats as well, when I first got my vaccinations for the dog I went to a feed store to buy them and got a lot of helpful advice. Maybe if you could call a feed store or grange in your area someone could give you some information.
Change the Vet who gave you this advice. Many Dogs/Cats are nervous about the strange smells in a Veterinary practice.
The Vet will come to you and are you aware the Vet can prescribe a sedative "by animal body weight" that you can give one hour before the Veterinarian arrives to the house.
In the best interest of the Dog please find a Vet who knows what they are talking about.
Parvo vaccine often gives parvo. Read about the mercury, aluminum, washed sheeps blood, formaldehyde, pus, dirty blood, feces and other toxics that are in vaccines on vaclib.org. Much is written by doctors that have delved into the question. Vaccines destroy the auto-immune system.
If you build a good auto immune system with good food and good care disease is non existent. studied for 30 years now. I got MS from a vaccine and my step-grandson died (3 months old) 3 days after vaccine. 10 sets of parents in bereavement meeting for sudden infant death babies. My stepson asked each.
Every one of those babies got a vaccine no more than 5 days before they died. NOT one reached statistics. Follow the money train. I don't vaccinate my dogs and they live a very long life. Rabies vac is the law but if your dog is sick with bad allergies, bad skin, bad stomach you can get an exemption.
On to wormers. Get diatomaceous earth at the horse feed store. Food grade ONLY. The other for the garden has poisons. Dia earth over their food 1/4 teaspoon small dog, 1 teaspoon big dog does good things. Kills intestinal worms including tapes. Does not kill heart worm. Google and you will find list of benefits including healthy joints with D E.
Good for cats, birds and even your wild animals. Very inexpensive. Natural. I even took it. Still do on occasion. I passed worms. I had no symptoms but heard 75% of population here in states has worms.
Anyone who needs help paying for their veterinary bills should contact aspca.org. There is a list of places to contact on that site. Hope this helps the animals.
This is a guide about finding financial assistance for pet medical costs. The cost of keeping your pets healthy can be expensive, especially when they need extensive medical or surgical care.
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By Cindy G.
You did not state what state or county you live.
I have often heard that the ASPCA is available for low cost pet health care. However, I have never tried it. I did see on an episode of Animal Cops on Animal Planet, that a woman received low-cost care for her dog from the ASPCA. She did not have to give him up. She did not "just" adopt him. She lived in the city. I forget which one. But she took him in and they treated him.
The following two links will give you some good information!
You have gotten some good feedback. Please post again for everyone to see if you have found no help, list your state and county the next time too. Cindy, I hope everything is looking a little sunnier each day for you and your dog.
When you do have to take your pet to the vet, don't get the price from the front desk. When you see the vet, question him about the price and agree on what you are willing to pay and what he will do for that amount.
My kitten may have a broken leg. I don't have hardly any money due to taking care of family member. I need some humane advice on how I can get help for my kitten.
Contact your local humane society and ASPCA, maybe even local shelters-if there is low cost care available they will be able to tell you where. Years ago I was adopted by a kitten, and was pretty low-income. Couldn't turn my back on my kitty so I called around and at the time there was a local clinic that charged fees on a sliding scale (income based). I was able to keep him healthy and even get him fixed for a small amount. Best wishes and hugs for your kitty!
I have always struggled to come up with the money for my dogs' annual visit to the vet. I decided that I would pre-pay every month and create a credit balance with the vet. This seems to be working out. I have now paid off last year's services and have a credit balance towards this year's visit.
Many veterinarians will give a discount if you bring in more than one pet at a time, if you've adopted your pet from a shelter, and some even give senior citizen discounts! It doesn't hurt to inquire about these kinds of discounts.