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My pet is sick, and I can't afford to go to the vet

Ideas and options for sick pets in financially tough times

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Here are some more ideas for when your pet is sick and you are in a financial bind:

  • Call your local humane society or animal shelter - they may offer reduced cost veterinary care or vouchers to use at your local veterinarian.
  • Ask your veterinarian if there are any options for trading work or services that you are able to offer.
  • Various animal aid organizations like IMOM offer assistance to those in need. Check out local resources in your community -- your veterinarian may be able to offer advice on local resources, too.
  • Veterinary schools will sometimes take on unique cases as a learning tool.
  • Start a savings plan. This doesn't have to be a huge amount, but some money tucked away "just in case" can be a good emergency buffer. It is easy to look at our pets and assume they are always going to be healthy and vibrant, but things can change quickly sometimes, and having some financial plan will be better than being caught by surprise.
  • Last but not least, check with friends and family for a possible short term loan in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

In closing, if you are not in a financially tough situation, donating funds to your favorite animal aid organization or even your vet's office emergency fund will help future animals in need. This is a wonderful memorial to the pets who have made a difference in our lives.

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