Low Cost Veterinary Care

I have a dog that I have had for 11 years. She has a problem with her bladder. She needs to pee all the time and sometimes has blood in it. I am looking for a vet that is in my area that works with low income families. My husband has recently been laid off and I work as a bartender. We are having a problem even making rent. Please help me!

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By Cindy G.

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October 19, 20110 found this helpful

I've been in your situation. I found help for my elderly dog by ringing around to the vets and baldly asking for help. I prepared before starting the phone calls by writing down a simple paragraph that I could just read as an introduction to why I was calling and what I needed.

The paragraph read along the lines of "May I speak with the practice manager to see if I can arrange low cost help caring for my 11 year old neutered Boxer? I'm willing to help clean the kennels or whatever in trade for vet care for my dog.

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I'm having financial troubles right now and can't afford extra pet care costs but my dog needs vet care for ..."

It took me about five phone calls to find a vet clinic willing to help me and my furbaby. I cleaned out pens, did landscaping work, and walked recovering or kenneled dogs in exchange for vet care for my baby the last two years of his life.

Good luck and don't give up, there are a lot of good vet staffs out there who will work with you, and will also have information on low-cost clinics they can refer you to.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

You did not state what state or county you live.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

The following two links will give you some good information!
Good luck!

www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org/financial_help.htm

www.humanesociety.org/.../trouble_affording_veterinary_care...

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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October 25, 20110 found this helpful

I wish you lots of luck on this. I have been through the same thing, in fact am now I have an 11 year old Yorkie and am on disability.

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We grow to love our furbabies just like children. God bless you and your beautiful dog. Sometimes I just pray that my baby will go to sleep easily, and God will take care of him.

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