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Old 07-02-2013, 12:09 PM
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Crowdfunding Websites

A really great way to raise funds for unexpected pet medical expenses is to use crowdfunding sites. These are websites that allow you to create a profile with an end monetary goal in mind and have your friends, family and even strangers donate to your cause. Popular examples of these sites include Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and GoFundMe.

Our website, PetChance.org, is a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to pet owners who need to raise money for veterinary expenses. You can make a profile for your pet, spread the word to family, friends and acquaintances, and collect donations on behalf of your furry friend. Payments are made directly to your veterinary hospital in order to make your experience as convenient and painless as possible. Chance pages can be made for animals awaiting treatment or for those who have already been provided with treatment. We have a number of success stories and we'd like you to become one of them!

If you want to learn more about how to sign up or donate, visit us at PetChance.org or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PetChance
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:40 PM
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I had VIP Pet insurance for both my dogs. It was really inexpensive up until last year when my girl turned 12. I had to cancel it, but it was great while I had it. I paid about $20 a month per dog and it included everything.
Now I have to keep an emergency fund for them, but I find I don't need to take them to the vet as often. As long as their shots are up to date and they are not sick, they can go about 18 months between visits. The only problem with that is you have to be extra vigilant in watching for any changes in them and then get them to the vet right away.
My vet is awesome and understands my financial problem and works with me. Sometimes I can call her on the phone and she will let me know if she thinks it warrants an office visit.
Not the best solution but it works for me and thank God my dogs are healthy.
I also agree Care Credit is good as long as you make the payments on time.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:58 PM
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Has anyone thought of holistic treatments instead of vet care. I mean for the things you are sure of. Skin conditions are pretty easy to treat holistically and for a decent price, vaccines with exception to rabies can be purchased from several good companies. There are great holistic books out there to help people treat there dogs with simple stress free recipes. From treating allergies to arthritis, cancer to diabetes with the exception of injuries and surgeries the rest can be look at for a much lower cost. There are a great number of Holistic vets out there.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:56 PM
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Has anyone thought of holistic treatments instead of vet care. I mean for the things you are sure of. Skin conditions are pretty easy to treat holistically and for a decent price, vaccines with exception to rabies can be purchased from several good companies. There are great holistic books out there to help people treat there dogs with simple stress free recipes. From treating allergies to arthritis, cancer to diabetes with the exception of injuries and surgeries the rest can be look at for a much lower cost. There are a great number of Holistic vets out there.

this is a good suggestion, i personally use quite a few natural/home-remedies on myself and my pets BUT i do so with extreme caution, and lots of research. and i often combine such things with vet care and consult my vet before doing so... so it isn't always a replacement for vet care necessarily, for me...

a caveat to anyone attempting to treat their pets at home, with home-remedies/holistic medicines. first, dogs do not metabolize things the same way that humans do. you cannot assume that something safe for a human is also safe for a dog, for example, ibuprofen, chocolate, grapes etc. all have far different effects on dogs than humans. PLEASE DON'T USE HUMAN "SAFE" TREATMENTS ON YOUR DOGS. second, there is a lot of conflicting advice about the effectiveness of many holistic treatments and not a lot of studies done to back up the advice one way or another. if you choose this route, it would be best/safest to consult a professional. third, please don't assume that just because you read about a treatment option here, it is safe. the dogforum is a great place for information/advice on all sorts of dog issues/needs etc, and we do have many members who are experts in various fields, but this is the interwebz folks, and the forum does not take on the responsibility of verifying everything that everyone posts before YOU decide to use it on your dog, that's YOUR job, YOUR responsibility, basically, PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH!

ultimately, the safest choice is to take your pet to a medical professional as a default, rather than trying to treat him/her yourself.
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I totally agree with the above! Case: I was dog sitting two dogs, gave one of the dogs a frozen treat/popsicle made with raw honey infustion....the one dog that ate this treat was "playing" with the other dog, slobbering on him while doing so.
I couldn't figure out why the "other dog" was covered in biting flies, I mean COVERED until I realized his back was covered in the honey/drool from the other dog that had eaten the frozen treat.. I had to give him a bath pdq to keep the flies from torturing the poor dog. It was disgusting.
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I subscribe to a holistic nutritionist's FREE newsletter and it has a lot of informative and helpful info. It's a great way to see how natural products work for a variety of health conditions dogs may have. Here is a link to her website where you can get the free newsletter.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:20 PM
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Pet health care is expensive and people are turning to numerous ways to cover it. Numerous people have taken to crowdfunding medical bills through crowdfunding sites. There are lots of crowdfunding sites out there. Be careful, though, as there have been people that have used the sites to run scams, but they are often caught out.
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Tess, this is exactly how we treat our dog. We buy the extra large dog doses (89-132 lbs) of the Frontline plus and break them into smaller doses for our 0-22 lbs dogs. We get 6 monthly doses out of each extra large dog dose. You can buy value kits on amazon, ebay or just google "flea and tick value kits". klw

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And if you are willing to do a bit of calculating you can save additional money. For example, I buy Frontline plus for the largest sized dog. Then I take a syringe and measure out the appropriate dose of this for each of my dogs indivitually. I find I can get both dogs covered with just the one dose divided accordingly. I like this system for more than just the money savings but also because the smooth nozzle of the syringe (no needle) is nicer to apply the Frontline on my dogs than the sharper plastic of the foil packet.
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Hello everyone, I'm wondering if you could help me out with something. I have 2 weimaraners and last Friday our younger weim, Abby was hit by a car . Abby needed emergency surgery and we incurred a very expensive vet bill due to her surgery and 3 day ER stay. We were living paycheck to paycheck before and have 2 young boys (5 month old and 20 month old) and we are trying to figure out how we are going to afford this huge bill. I found the following website where we posted Abby's story and people can donate to her cause, its: http://http://www.petchance.org/chances/443 If your able, we would appreciate any help any of you are able to give. Also, please feel free to post this link anywhere that you believe people would respond to it. And finally, does anyone have any other options with receiving assistance for a vet bills? Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give us
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:51 AM
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I used to have similar troubles until switched to PetFirst (www.petfirst.com). While it is another bill on a monthly basis, the long-term lower payments have kept me out of the poor house.

Now, if I can just keep my dog from developing new allergies.
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