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RE: I bought ASPCA pet insurance but I know VPI is just as good if not better!
It is about 35.00 a month and it has saved us thousands of dollars for our liver failure ER with Addison. I don't know about Banfield...but I was kind of appalled at the doggy day care scene I came across at PetSmart and the ignorance of the dog watchers...to the point where I made a complaint that almost involved the ASPCA. It is a chain and profit is the major motive, just like a lot of current nursing home chains...I would be very careful with "franchises" as turn over can be high with the staff.

What a great thread!
I don't know anything about their medical care, but we once had our dogs groomed at Banfield, and you never saw such a mess. Looked like they'd taken a hacksaw to our Shelties. Never again.
 

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This is a fairly long thread and I may not make it completely through it, but what about people who believe in keeping vet care to a minimum? We try to use herbs and homeopathic treatments as much as possible, although we got immunizations, and if we feel there is something we can't handle, we WILL go to the vet. But we had a Golden who got osteosarcoma. She is probably our "most memorable" dog of all, raised several puppies for us (not her own).... And at the time she got sick, we couldn't afford to spend money on overpriced radiation and the like. One doctor, as we were leaving Alaska with her, suggested we "put her down," as she could barely walk and had huge tumors on her legs. But we didn't, and we did some research and discovered a treatment called ESSIAC tea that has evidently saved thousands of humans from Cancer. It is a traditional Native American treatment discovered by a Canadian nurse, and she used it for many years until Big Pharma managed to shut her down. It's a simple formula and can be made easily. We gave it to Maggie--had to shoot it down her throat with a turkey baster to get enough into her--and within months, the tumors disappeared, she started running and playing again, chasing squirrels...and lived for two more very good years, until we were stupid enough to stop the Essiac, thinking she was "cured." Then the cancer came back gangbusters, and she died soon after. It broke our hearts, but we would recommend this treatment to anyone, and if I ever have cancer, that's the first treatment I'll start. I always tell this to people who may need to have the information.

This is what I mean: I feel that the medical profession generates income through fear tactics: "if you don't do this, this will happen." I've seen it in vets too. There are always good ones, of course; our own vet is very good about not over-immunizing and supporting the patient based on the owners beliefs and income...and even though we can now afford standard care, we will avoid it whenever possible.
 

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I feel that the medical profession generates income through fear tactics: "if you don't do this, this will happen." I've seen it in vets too
I have seen this as well.
For someone looking for asistance with vet bills, the humane society, or the spca type of place will have the best links and info for this.
I know in Vancouver there was a highly qualified vet who did free work for animals in need.
This was all done in your home, or on the street if you had no home.
There are options.

What we do is put $50 every pay day in a high interest gain account for emergencies.
Pet insurance is great, until you find out your dog has one of the large amount of things they do not cover.
 

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VPI has been great for my dog and my wallet. They covered $1500 of the $1700 vet bill when my dog was bit by a rattlesnake. They are great for accidental injuries and trouble that young dogs often get into, however long term illness's and vet check up's/shots are not covered.
 

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ASPCA's pet insurance saved us over 3500.00 when Addison ate black walnuts in the yard....when our family adopted her...I took one look at her little face and said Uh OH....within a month she was in the ER. She is our special needs dog, we love her to pieces! Now if only she would stop barking at planes thinking they are geese, sigh.
 

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It's ok, I am still learning, and there are some "gray areas". Wishing you the best and hope you get the funding. Think about CareCredit also. Or a university teaching hospital/vet.
 

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Hi everybody
I feel sad that so many people have pet but they can't afford taking them to a vet, but I'm glad that will share with you how you can treat your dog by learning more how to handle the situation yourself when your puppy is sick or by benefiting from some assistance in this matter.
First you can check this blog i found that is very helpful with pet health tips
secondly you can refer to these following organizations that are willing to offer you help:
The Big Hearts Fund (financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease)
Brown Dog Foundation (prescription medications)
Canine Cancer Awareness
Cats In Crisis
The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity
IMOM
Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation (Under the JLACF's bylaws as approved by the IRS, grants can only be provided for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.)
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific)
The Mosby Fund
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
Paws 4 A Cure
The Pet Fund
Pets of the Homeless (pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless)
The Riedel & Cody Fund (support for pets suffering with cancer)
RedRover Relief
Rose's Fund
Shakespeare Animal Fund
Top Dog Foundation "Bentley Grant": for senior dogs (age 10 and over; breed taken into consideration when determining what is "senior")

Thank you guys and i hope that my advice is helpful :)
 

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I think the vet is a must in certain conditions. But it does get expensive. In my case, I try to save on vet bills by using homeopathy for my pets. It works well and it's a lot cheaper.
 

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What about emergencies? I posted a thread about this today. My dog stepped on a jar in the park, and I can't afford stitches. Not only that but I can't tell if this cut needs stitches or not. It's pretty deep. What should I do?
 

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I think this board is fantastic. My husband and I recently adopted a 6 month old terrier rescue from SPCA but unfortunately, she had a congenital eye condition the organization was not aware of. We were told she was healthy when we adopted her but found out she needs surgery by an opthamologist to correct her coloboma of the eyelid, entropion, and dermoid in her left eye. The cost of this procedure is estimated between 1,100 and 1,200 and that's with the specialist having cut us a major break. Since we are newly weds still paying off our wedding and barely getting buy, we didn't expect to be hit with a cost like this right up front. SPCA refunded us our adoption fee but couldn't help out in any other way. We looked into pet insurance hoping that it could help fund her surgery but since the issue is congenital, none will cover it. It's important that when you look into these places you ask about pre-existing conditions because I was not able to find a single one that would cover it. I called many organizations to see if they could contribute any support (actors and others, humane society, etc) and they were not able to help. A friend suggested we start a donation page online to ask for support, so we started one at youcaring.com. You can pick your own url (our's is Rosie Needs Surgery | Pet Expenses - YouCaring) and advertise your cause. We also signed up for Care Credit and plan to use it on the day of her surgery. It can be very hard when you're trying to stay afloat and hit with a major surgery but she brings me so much joy that I wasn't willing to give her up, especially since she's been abandoned in the past.
 

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One of the dog owner's I dog sit for rescued a pit/lab mix and he was diagnosed with Addison's following the adoption. His medication regime was over 200 a month. I had her call the rescue and they helped fund some of the meds...then I called a vet friend and he isn't charging her an office fee for the monthly injection, and also is charging his "cost" of the meds only (he worked out a deal with the supplier to to get another discount!). And then this vet put Buddy on generic predisone which is only 10.00 a month instead of 90.00, she gets them from Walmart!!!! So cheap!

Best wishes for you and your pup!
 

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Having just spent 3500 on emergency surgery for a facial abscess of unknown causality I cant help wonder what others not in a strong financial situation would do. I know there are those who barely have enough to pay their monthly bills and love their pets as much as I love my knucklehead.
 
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