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iluvmypup
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From:ohio
Registered: May 2003

posted 06-29-2003 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmypup     Edit/Delete Message
i just read a post in the cats forum that was really sad.a poor man and his wife had a sick cat. they took their cat to the vet but couldn't afford to take the cat anymore.the vet would not take payments for care for the cat so that family had to lose their beloved pet all because the rules that vets have.it really angers me how vets do this.it's happened to me before.i had to call the humane society to pick up a dog that i had to have her put to sleep.because i could not afford to pay anymore vet bills.and she was in alot of pain so i had to do it and it was the hardest thing i ever had to do.all because the vet would not take payments.she might still be with me today.if i could have found a vet with a big enough heart to just help her.i think it's selfish and it's wrong to turn away an animal in need of care.most of all when the life of an animal depends on it.
some of us think of our pets as our children and when they say they can't help us it's like saying they don't care.
it's just not right i understand they do it that way so they get their money but if i were a vet and an animals life depended on my help i would help no matter what

[This message has been edited by iluvmypup (edited 06-29-2003).]

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puttin510
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posted 06-29-2003 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I agree, This is one reason I have pet insurance for my poodle and so far it has been totally worth it. Honestly no one knows when their dog will get hit by a car or attacked by a huge alaskan malamute(talking about Rufus)nearly a total of $600 dollars. For me if I have the money then there is no question of taking care of your hurting dog. Also a credit card that is nearly on zero for emergencies is a plus too.

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iluvmypup
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From:ohio
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posted 06-29-2003 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmypup     Edit/Delete Message
i'm sorry to say i haven't looked into pet insurance before i'm seroiusly considering it now though . it pays your vet bills right? how much does pet insurance usually run?

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ilovemypets
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From:Tennessee, USA
Registered: May 2003

posted 06-30-2003 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
Where do you get pet insurance? Hmm, I wonder if i could get it...being a teenager and all. I really might wanna look into it. And yes, I've said for years that vets make me angry when they do that. Never happened to me, but i know of someone it has...

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katkrazy
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From:Cleveland, OH, USA
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posted 07-01-2003 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for katkrazy     Edit/Delete Message
Well, I have to agree with all of you. Why is it that hospitals can't refuse services for anyone reguardless of income, insurance etc. - but vets can? I work in a vet clinic and luckily we take pet insurance - but few clinics do. Out of our 1300 plus clients - only 2 regular clients have their pets insurred. Her are some sites to take a peek at to get some info. The PetCare Insurance is the only one I've seen in our clinic and the clients were very happy with it. It's just a matter of finding a vet that accepts insurance. Here are the web sites: www.petcareinsurance.com www.petinsurance.com

Hope it helps! Best wishes everyone and Happy 4th!!!

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Dixie Rose
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From:Gulf Breeze, FL. USA
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 10-06-2003 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dixie Rose     Edit/Delete Message
I have to disagree with all of you. That is part of being a responsible pet owner. Don't get a pet if you can't afford to pay it's doctor bills.

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Anela
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posted 10-08-2003 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anela     Edit/Delete Message
Well I had pet insurance for all my dogs, and let me tell you when samson was a pup (english mastiff) my husband had an old 56 ford he was restoring and Sammy would run next to it when we went out to play. Well one day he QUICKLY realized he could no longer just go under the back end when he ripped a chunk out of his back the size of my fist!! OMG, I freaked!! rushed him to my vet. We got the insurance when we first got him but never had to use it and I forgot I had it. There was NO way I could afford the vet bill at the time but took out the check book anyway. It was my vet that reminded me about the insurance. When we picked up Sammy the next day and wrote a $700 check for the bill he gave me the paper to send to them. I felt so stupid, and relieved at the same time! I only ended up paying $40. So, it's not about getting a pet on rather or not you can afford it (of course there are exceptions) that's like saying don't have kids unless you know you can pay the bills that go along with it. No one knows what is or is not going to happen in life that's why they have insurance. I'm getting some for our new baby, and let me tell you even if you never use it it's worth every penny for that "unexpected little accident"

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ilovemaltipoos
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From:Grant ,Alabama..USA
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 10-10-2003 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
I have to say I think vets should help if they can .They are in more ways than anyone would think a doctor .The vet schools teach medicine not money first .There is a vet in our area that has a sign "Elephants spayed -neutered free" I think she is a total jerk .If I could I would contact an elephant handler and have him to bring every older one he would find and march them into her parking lot and say "Here they are ,now spay and neuter them 'free'"
This is an area where there are alot of older people that are on fixed incomes and there are times when they need help with a pet (that is as much a child to them as their own children (humans ) and for a vet not to work to help any lower income person with a pet is a disgrace to their duty as a doctor .I have seen and heard of many of her little remarks affect an older person to the point of the person breaking down and begging and still she won't .I don't use her at all and would not if she begged me .I think vets that turn down help for an animal should pay a price for it and eventually they do .

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Anela
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posted 10-11-2003 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anela     Edit/Delete Message
I have yet to meet a vet that will do that, which is very scary b/c they get into this to take care of animals b/c they 'love them'. But these days without the proper insurance you can't even get the kind of care you should from a MD. It's sad! That vet really has a sign saying she will spay/neuter elephants for free?! I can't believe with the rate of extinction in our wildlife animals that someone hasn't said something about that. It's very sad and I agree with you ANY Dr. or vet that truly cares about what they are doing should see you no matter what!
Anela

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ilovemaltipoos
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From:Grant ,Alabama..USA
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posted 10-11-2003 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemaltipoos     Edit/Delete Message
Her little sign is like a neon one with letters attached to her building .She puts up certain months as spay/neuter month ,time to worm your pet ,that type thing ,but every other month she puts the letters up that say "elephants neutered /spayed free' .It is a put down and meant that way for the people that have ask her to help cause they have an animal that needs help or neutered /spayed and cannot afford it .Everyone here knows there are no Elephants anywhere near us ,the words are meant as an insult /putdown ,she is saying "I could not /would not help you with neuter spay or any treatment of your dog /cat but if you get an elephant ..well I would do that free '.The first time I saw it I had to turn the car around and go back to just stare at it ,I could not believe it was there .She use to be a decent vet ,she thinks she is God now .Only vet in our city .I travel to another city and use a different vet because I can't use someone that has so littel care for animals or the people that make her living .I dislike her with a passion more and more .Next time I see it there I will go across the street and take a picture and put it on my website for you and anyone else to see .Animal rights have nothing to do with her sign ,a grant for a study of vet signs and how they are used is not any help to the animals or people here or anywhere else .As I stated ,I don't and would not use her for any reason .

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*Beautiful*Girl
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From:evesham, New Jersey, USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 10-30-2003 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for *Beautiful*Girl     Edit/Delete Message
I want to see the sign.!! Dixie I agree that you shouldn't get a pet if you can't afford it, I'm a very big advocate of that, but things happen. I thank God everyday that I've not had to endure some of the hardships that some families are going through right now, given the state of the economy. I just can't imagine someone turning away a family that is having a crisis with a pet. There are a lot of people that would just get rid of a sick pet rather than try to find help for it especially if they are having financial issues. If a family that is already going through a though time comes to a vet and ask for help obviously they really truley love their pet and I would guess are sincere of their intentions to pay. I'm sure a payment plan would not cause this particular vet to go out of business.

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athomeinak
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From:Anchorage, AK
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posted 10-30-2003 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for athomeinak     Edit/Delete Message
I am very lucky...my vet takes payments, though I don't usually need to make payments..it is a vet hospital/emergency clinic and they are there 24/7. Emergency or appt, same price, so they don't try to take advantage. One bill I had with them was over $1000 and thank goodness they took payments...this was before pet insurance was on the scene.. as for one not taking payments..their perogative, but as long as they get paid, I feel what should it matter? They just won't be able to buy that speed boat until nest summer...

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nern

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From:NY, USA
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posted 10-31-2003 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I think this site gives some helpful tips:

What you can do if you're having trouble affording veterinary care - http://www.hsus.org/ace/11875

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