Anyone who needs help paying for their veterinary bills should contact:
There is a list of places to contact on that site. Hope this helps the animals.
By packlestax from Vandalia, OH
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There is a thing called Pet Health Insurance out there and the monthly premiums are minimal. Depending on the insurance company you go with, and the plan you go with, but monthly payments are usually less than $50 a month for each pet. For our 3 cats, it's $30 a month for each. And the deductible is $200. That means that we would have to come up with the first $200, and then the insurance company kicks in to pay for it. That way, you don't have to ask for help from family or friends, or go on the Internet asking for donations.
Anyone who is a pet owner should at least consider it as you really never know when your beloved pet will face a medical emergency. Having pets is a HUGE responsibility. My belief is that everyone who wants to own a pet, needs to sit down beforehand, and figure out exactly how they are going to come up with paying for future vet bills. If they really don't think they can afford it, then perhaps it would be better for them to not get a pet until their finances are better.
I talked to the dog warden and she told me of a place that has vets. that work there, and volunteer there time, and I can take my 3 cats and have them neutered for 40.00 dollars instead of 100.00 at our regular vets office. I figured 120.00 is a lot better than 300.00. Our cats are rescues, I think they rescued us, lol
To the lady with the Maine Coon, I'm so sorry that you're going through this. Perhaps going to www.gofundme.com, you may be able to get more people to see your plight, and get some help. Good luck to you and your precious boy.
I've been reading so many posts from people asking how to get help to pay for their pet's vet bills. I don't understand. Don't people have any kind of an imagination here? I don't mean to sound mean or anything, but I would like to know what they have done to get those vet bills paid.
Have they asked for a loan at the bank? Ask their family for a loan? Sell things that they love, in order to have the money? Have a garage or bake sale in order to raise some money? I just would like to know what they have done themselves to get that vet bill paid off. If they've done everything humanly possible and sold a lot of their prized possessions in order to raise some money, and then are maybe still a few hundred dollars short, then I can understand why they're asking how to get some help. But if that's not the case, then I believe that people need to get an imagination, and really think hard on how to do it on their own, before they just go and ask for help from people or organizations.
Hi I have a Maine coon who has been my best friend for around 11yrs now He is the sweetest little soul I could ever hope to know & right now I am writing this because I desperately need some help.
I don't know what to do where to turn so I am just trying anything in hopes of finding a way to get him the care that he needs I am on SSI & scrape by on 124.00 per month after rent and as of right now have less than 100.00 to my name I don't have much worth anything to sell if I did I would sell whatever it took to afford the vets help. I took him in a few times this year because he started having what seemed to be basic constipation issues which are apparently pretty common for his type on his last vet visit a few months ago they gave him an enema which they reported had "gone well" and (I'm sorry but too upset to try and come up with another way to say it) "he had left them a healthy poop" I have switched him to a wet food only diet for about 8 months now, but his problem now I fear has become serious & I am so worried about him so I get on the web and find this.
"In some cases, cats may suffer from obstipation, defined as total absence of bowel movements. This condition is extremely serious as it may indicate a fatal bowel obstruction. A cat that has had no bowel movements for several days, is vomiting, and seems weak should be seen by a vet immediately for treatment"
Well that is exactly what his situation yesterday and today is. My mom was able to help me pay his prior vet costs some but just the last visit was area of 300.00 which even with my Mom's help has set me behind a little on my rent, the vets won't work with me much as far as a payments plan in that they require more than 1/2 the total up front I just don't have it and my Mom has helped all she could.
I don't have much other family. I live in a very small town & shy so I also don't have many good friends. When I said this little guy is my best friend I wholeheartedly do mean it & I am seeing him suffering and it's life or death & I can't let this happen if I can't find a way to get him help I wont be able to live with myself please if anyone reads this and has any, & I mean any ideas that may be helpful please, please write back.
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I need ideas on how to pay my vet bill. My kitty is sick and I don't have the money right now to pay for the vet. Any ideas how to pay them?
By Crystal from Santa Ana
You asked for ideas on how to pay for your cat's vet bills. Have you tried getting a loan at the bank? What about selling some things in your home that you can do without? Have a garage sale. Or even a bake sale. Is there any furniture that you can do without? If you have two cars, sell one of them. If you have two chairs to sit on in your living room, sell one of them.
All you have to do is be creative, and really think about it. I bet if I was in your home right now, there would be at least 3 or 4 things that I could find that you could sell, in order to have some money. Sometimes you have to give up stuff that is important to you, in order to pay for other things that are also important to you. Think about it. What is more important to you? Having things that you like and want for yourself, or making sure your cat gets the very best care?
Good luck, and I hope my ideas can help you or others out there, who read this.
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My 5 month old puppy was recently diagnosed with Parvo. She has been in the vet for 3 days now and she has started to show signs of improvement. Is there any way to help with the bills, they are now at $1200.00 and she will still have to stay for another 3 days. Is there anybody that knows any way to help with these bills. My family and I just can't let her go. Please send responses. God Bless!
Cathy from Louisville, KY
So I've kept my mouth shut (until now because he's retired) I'm an artist & I could paint a mural for a vet. Some are good at fixing cars & could do repairs or tune-ups on the Vets car. Some are great with wood or metal work & could build special sized cages that could be used there or sell to customers. Some can sew & could make special Velcro on cotton bandages so animals can't lick at their stitches. Maybe the Vet wants to expand in the near future, & you know someone who could help him build-on to his space, which you could then barter your services with etc, etc, etc.Type out the list of things you'd be willing to do for labor costs (tell him you'll naturally pay the cost of meds & tests). Then show him your list & tell him you'd be willing to sign a written contract for your bartering services. That way he'll know you are truly serious about really doing your part to "pay" for services rendered.
* I've been living well below the poverty line for many years now (because I love being an artist) So I've had to come up with ways to do things like this. But I must say, that 2 weeks ago when my cat Smokey swallowed the end of a sausage wrapper (from someone's garbage) & he almost died because it got caught-up in his intestines.I would have never been able to manage to pay for the operation to keep him alive if my mother hadn't loaned me the $800 plus, it cost! I am now looking into animal insurance because I never want to have to ask her again to help me pay for vet bills.
* One more thing I found out when Smokey almost died was that each vet charges different prices. In WA we have several places called "Vets for Less" (which is where I took Smokey) & that operation, meds, overnight stay & exam, etc. would have cost me 3 times what I paid at Vets for Less at any other Vet. I called around & did my checking on prices, & you should too. It can literally save you hundreds of dollars, just by making 5 or 6 phone calls & driving your pet to a different vet that's just as good, but charges less.
* One other thing I found out when Smokey was sick was that when pets stay overnight, unless it's a 24 hour Vet Hospital, the animals are left ALONE & are all by themselves. Smokey was left alone (with other animals) in a cage with blankets on top of him (his temp was very low) about an hour after his major surgery & he was alone all night long. He'd have been in better hands with me at home where I could have kept an eye on him!I didn't know this until the following day when my daughter suggested I ask if anyone stayed with the animals during the night. The answer was No! Ask your vet: "Is there someone who stays with the animals at night?" & lets just hope they answer honestly! (04/10/2008)
Here is a quote from the above URL:Where does a pet owner turn when their pet needs life saving medical care? A new fund has been set up to help cover the costs of emergency care and surgery. Many wonderful pet owners find themselves in desperate need of help after a tragic accident or life threatening illness leaves their pet in need of high cost veterinary care. Without pet health insurance, these bills add up quickly and soon become overwhelming. What does a pet owner do? Very often, the family faces the only choice Euthanasia.
With people though, this is never an option. Public hospitals will treat an injured person and allow them to pay later. Often providing a payment schedule which can be met over time. While hospitals are well funded organizations with the resources to incur accounts payable, veterinarians are not.The PETS IN NEED FUND - set up by Animal Help Foundation, allows caring people to donate to these special pets. There is no limit to the amount of money which can be used to pay for emergency, life-saving veterinary bills. The only limit is what is in the fund. (04/10/2008)
My neighbors brought me a sickly kitten two weeks ago who I nursed back to life but it still has a bad upper respiratory problem. It has now spread to my other babies.
Does anyone know where or how I can get help with veterinarian bills? I'm living on Social Security. My kitty has an eye infection, and I can't afford to take her to the vet.
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