A few years back a young man driving a forklift backed into a metal rack, dumping thousands of pounds of metal beams on top of me. Several of my vertebrae were crushed and I am now confined to a wheelchair and hospital bed. I have four cats/children who mean the world to me.
The 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. I am on disability and only get paid once a month. The vets want cash upfront. I love my babies. Is there someone or some organization out there who could let me pay them monthly to save my beloved pets? I am not rock bottom poor, I just can't come up with what they want all at once.
By Bear from Vancouver, WA
You should just call local vet clinics and ask them, most of them are willing to work out a payment plan with you. :) (06/24/2010)
I would ask those inconsiderate neighbors to help with the bill.
In your condition and already having four cats, a sick cat is the last thing they should have brought you.
By Lily May
I had a stray show up that had upper resppiratory problems every couple of months. Now I'm not a vet, but I do know that colds in cats can be caused by herpes simplex. I started to crush L-Lysine into moist food starting with 2 a day then once when symptoms improved. This shortened the duration and he bounced quickly back. L-Lysine is used in cold sore ointments and lip balms and speeds in healing. My stepson used to get them and at the first sign of one I would give this to him. It can be purchased at any drugstore or Walmart for a few dollars. (06/25/2010)
Normally, if I have that type of situation where more then one animal has the same thing, I take one to the vet and see what he says. See the meds he gives and tell them you can only pay whatever you can afford the first visit but that you will pay it off as time goes by.
If you find out the first one has something that is covered by fish antibiotics, which are sold on online pet stores, or other antibiotics they sell for livestock, then you could get the dosage of that same antibiotic down and give it to the others. My cat is allergic to penicillin and lots of them are, that is why I would take the first one to the vet. Respiratory is a dangerous thing altogether it could be simple or complicated. Better to have a high bill at the vet, and pay it off if you cant pay it off. why go there for anything?
By Robyn Fed
Try the Humane Society and Vet Schools. Also, from my files: There's credit card company called Care Credit out of El Paso, TX. See if you can sign up for it over the 'net, it's medical care for your pets, your dental, chiropractic, vision, hearing, cosmetic, and veterinary. Their no. is 1-866-893-7864 and website is CareCredit.com. You can go up to $3,000. credit line and affordable payment plan. As with most credit cards these days, the interest rate is high, but if you have no other alternative for your pet; you may want to apply for Care Credit. I signed up for it at my dentist's office, but haven't used it so far. I may in the future. Good luck. (06/29/2010)
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