Financial Tips Courtesy of the
Humane Society

 

You've always managed to give your pet the medical care she deserves, but due to unexpected circumstances, you're faced with vet expenses that are far beyond your ability to afford them.


No owner wants a pet to suffer because medical care is out of reach. Financial aid is out there, and there are steps you can take to cover an emergency vet bill.

Work with veterinarians

  • Negotiate a payment plan with your vet. If you're a client in good standing, she may be happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you don't have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front. However, don't expect a vet you've never been to before to agree to such a plan; she doesn't know you and understandably doesn't want to get stuck with an unpaid bill.
  • Offer to perform a service for your vet like cleaning kennels, answering phones or other work in lieu of actual cash.  
  • Get a second opinion. You'll pay a consultation fee, but another vet may have other, less expensive ways to treat your pet.
  • Use a vet in a less expensive area. Vets in smaller towns tend to charge lower fees.
  • Check out local veterinary schools.  Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients.


Explore ways to bring in some extra cash

  • Have a yard sale. One's man's trash is another man's treasure.
  • If your birthday or a holiday is near, ask for cash in lieu of a present.
  • Sell things on an online auction site such as eBay.
  • Consider getting a second or part-time job or working for a temp agency.
  • Ask your employer for a salary advance.

Still looking for help?

Contact your local animal shelter. Some shelters have on-site low-cost veterinary clinics or work with local vets who are willing to reduce their charges. Some also have veterinary loan or grant programs.

If you purchased your dog from a reputable breeder, check your contract to see if there is a health guarantee that covers your pet's ailment.

 

The mission of The Tank Fund is to provide financial assistance for emergency and/or life-saving veterinary care to Knox County, Ohio pet owners and non-profit animal-welfare organizations and to assist in the training of canines for the purposes of compassion therapy and assistance dog certification.

No animal should have to suffer or be euthanized simply because their owner is unable to pay for necessary treatment.

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