This came up in a rather heated and sideways manner on another thread, but I think it would be useful to have a thread about *solutions* for extreme or apparently insurmountable vet bills, however much that may be for an individual case
. Nobody's financial status is *ever* completely secure, and even emergency funds run dry unexpectedly sometimes for us all, so please no shaming or blanket assumptions about the supposed immorality of not being able to afford vet care.
There is a stickied thread about Care Credit
at the top of this forum, which is a financing plan. I also really liked some of the Humane Society's suggestions
, which I haven't seen mentioned here yet.
For example, if you have wheels or a good and pet-friendly local public transportation system, you might well be able to find more affordable vet care in a nearby community. (VERY much the case where I live, US Midwest/Great Lakes region). If you are having trouble finding one on your own, trying asking your neighbors, pet store employees, or volunteers at the local shelter for a vet recommendation.
Another option is to contact a breed rescue group, many of whom are committed to helping dogs stay with their original owners if possible. They often have suggestions for discount-rate but NOT discount-quality vet care, and/or connections with organizations to help people continue to care for their pets during tough financial or medical (human or canine) circumstances. This was very useful to my family when my childhood pet's ongoing renal problems escalated at the same time my own health fell off a cliff.
Some organizations are specifically geared to help seniors on fixed incomes or with limited mobility care for their pets, whether it is help with vet bills or stopping by to take a dog for a long walk. So that is something else to consider, should that be your situation.
I think it's pretty clear that many of us depend on our dogs just as much as they depend on us, if in a different way, and I just wanted to promote some ideas for making sure we all get to continue!