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Finding Financial Assistance for Pet Medical Costs

June 11, 2011

Two dogs on dog bedMy 12 year old dog needs a tumor removed (next to spleen/liver), it is about the size of golf ball. I'm not working and 58 years old. I need low cost surgery assistance. Where do I look locally? Please help soon!

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The AAHA hospital accreditation organization has a grant program for low income people. It is administered thru local Vets that are accredited with AAHA. If you are low income (SSI, medicaid, unemployed + foodstamps and others) you can ask for a grant up to $500. The locally accreditted Vet is limited to granting $500 a year, but it would be worth a shot. Many Vets are affiliated with this group. You can lean more at aahahelpingpets.org.

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November 9, 2010

My dog, Sugar, is in need of surgery for a malignant tumor and needs surgery asap or she could die. Are there any financial services in the metro area of Washington, DC or Maryland that could help me? I am in dire financial need.


By Janet from Hyattsville, MD

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Call your local Humane Society or local government animal control offices and explain your predicament. They may have phone numbers of organizations that may be able to help you. Also, look up veterinary schools in your area, as they may be able to provide you with other leads.

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Good luck to you and your Sugar. I wish you well.

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March 14, 2012

Tan Chihuahua.My 3 year old Chihuahua, Shakira, has developed glaucoma in her right eye due to a cat scratch she received awhile back. So, a few weeks ago I had to rush her to the emergency because almost overnight her eye just got so bad, and her eye was bleeding. Shakira was already on medication for her eye, but since her eye became so much worse, the emergency vet changed her medication and also prescribed her pain medication.

Shakira needs to have her eye removed and if I don't get her the surgery quickly, the vet indicated that it could possibly spread to her other eye. It would kill me to see her go completely blind, not to mention she has such beautiful green eyes.
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Shakira has been through too much already. When she was scratched in the eye by the stray cat that came into our yard. I turned my back just for a second to unload the truck and that's all it took; so off to the emergency we went.

Then, a few months later, I was walking Shakira and out of know where, a Pit Bull came charging and attacked her. The Pit Bull had Shakira in its mouth and all that I remember was that my 5 lb Chihuahua was not going to die like this. I guess my adrenaline was pumped up because before I knew it, I was jumping on this dog, fighting this dog. I shoved my hand and arm in its mouth and just started prying this dog's mouth open. As Shakira dropped to the ground, I swooped her up and immediately I was drenched in her blood and she was going limp.

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I wrapped her tightly in her blanket to try and contain the bleeding and rushed to the emergency where she ended up staying there for over a week to get her stabilized due to the loss of blood. She also required surgery on her chest to repair the muscle damage. She now has a 3 inch scar down her chest. That was $2,500.

I am currently unemployed and the cost for the recent emergency trip was money to pay household bills, so needless to say a couple of things were turned off. I have run out of money to have her receive the eye surgery which would cost $500, and she has been through too much for such a tiny little dog. She doesn't deserve to be in such discomfort and to possibly lose her sight completely. My question is, is there anyplace that offers funding for pets that required immediate medical attention? Any kind of help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Please, I need help with my little doggy. Her name is Chiqui and she is 10 1/2 years old. She needs a knee surgery (because of her ligaments). I have taken her to 5 vets and they all charge $1,500 to $3,000. I do not have this kind of money.

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