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Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-26-2003 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for maxypoo     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, many pet lovers are also poor. And vet visits are really expensive at times. What do you do? I say, find a vet who will work with you. Most vets will since they have a soft heart for animals and will either work on a payment plan or send you somewhere a little less expensive who can help you. When it comes to finding strays who happen to be sick, my motto is take it to a vet or the ASPCA or the Humane Society. Someone should be able to help. Being poor is no excuse when it comes to one's moral responsibility. How can we call ourselves animal lovers when we allow the almighty dollar to so easily sway our convictions? Sounds self-righteous? Well, I'm talking from experience and there's nothing like the guilt that comes from finding the sick and not doing enough. We do more for humans every day than for all the stray animals out there. Wish there were more no-kill shelters, and cheaper vet care for those with limited means. If we just keep working at it, maybe we could change the system. Money makes the world go round, but it shouldn't be the end all be all of our thoughts and actions. Thanks for listening.

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posted 08-26-2003 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thorn     Edit/Delete Message
Well for one I think you shouldn't take on the responsibility of a pet unless you are prepared to spend the money, however you get it, to treat that pet if it gets sick.

if you have very little money, why not consider pet insurance? for $10 a month you can cover your pet for accidents and one time illnesses.

here is a great pet insurance company that offers several different plans for the US and Canada. at a low cost (lower than emergency surgery at any rate!!)

I wish I had thought of this before Jessie ate tape. But I am for sure going to get it now!

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posted 08-26-2003 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I use "Care Credit" sometimes which has come in quite handy on several ocasions when I was short on cash.
Even putting $5 away each week might be adds up quick and when the time comes that a vet visit is neccessary that money will be there.

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posted 11-10-2003 07:45 AM           Edit/Delete Message
I agree with you. I'm poor and have a sick cat right now. Did get some medication but the cat is still sick. Thanks for your post!

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posted 11-10-2003 03:22 PM           Edit/Delete Message
well, the local shelter wouldn't help me. I don't think there's anything people like me can do for sick animals if we don't have money. ill let you know how it goes.

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posted 11-10-2003 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I always found abondoned kittens when I lived in Texas. I found a nice vet who would look at my orphan in between appointments and not charge an office exam. On top of that the local SCPA had a vet clinic that was slightly cheaper. The best deal though was the Humane Society of the United States clinic. They charged 10.00 for an office exam. Check and see if they have a clinic in your area. It takes a lot of checking sometimes, but I always found someone to help. One time I had a stray with an infection, a local rescue group payed to neuter him and the HSUS cleaned out his wound while he was under. A local shelter gave me ear mite treatment and antibiotics for him. My point is there is always someone willing to help if you look hard enough.

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posted 11-10-2003 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayliface     Edit/Delete Message
I made sure I had money aside for any possible problem w/ my kitty .. maybe you should start saving for next time?

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posted 11-11-2003 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
Don't forget, people, there are unforeseen circumstances. "Don't get a pet unless you can afford it" is a great philosophy. But what if you CAN afford it and you get a pet or three. And then 5 years down the road, you lose your job and you are unemployed for 6 months trying to find another. What then? Should you be condemned for not being able to afford the vet? Should you give up your pets? Not necessarily.

As far as pet insurance goes, I looked into it but it is $20/month for any plan that actually covers things that would be useful. With 2 cats and 1 dog (at the moment) that would be $60/month. I don't know about you, but that's not cheap for me. I decided I would rather put money away every month by myself for pet emergencies, and then if they never get sick you still have the money in the end.

For us, it has never been a problem. We are not rich, but we could always just charge up a credit card if there was a real emergency and worry about paying it off afterward.

But then again, my husband has never lost his job. And my children have never come down with a horrible, expensive disease.

Let's try not to judge others and just provide help when they need it instead.


[This message has been edited by Jamiya (edited 11-11-2003).]

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