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Low Cost Veterinary Care

Updated on January 3, 2011

Low Cost Veterinary Care - Is there such a thing?

Is there really such a thing as Low Cost Veterinary Care? I have made this site to help pet lovers and pet owners maybe find some resources to some low cost veterinary care for their pets.

I am sure I will be educated to some great things out there to help as I make this site and I hope to also share that with others.

PLEASE READ and pass this site on to all Pet Lovers

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Here is what I have to say - Why I am so mad

I am an owner of 8 pets, 2 of which are seniors. I had made a site for Low cost and Free Spay and Neuter Programs and found that there needed to be something regarding the problems with veterinary care.

It seems that another big problem out there is not only due to the pet population being so out of control, but the high costs of owning a pet. I really believe that if veterinary care was not so expensive that more people would own pets and even own more than one. I am one of them - now I have 8 pets and more room in my heart and home for more, but with the cost of vet care it really makes me stop. So why is vet care so darn expensive? Why do vets charge so much money? I am hoping to have some insight into this here.

It really makes me so mad and I am sure I am not the only one. If you are a a pet owner you know that one injury could send you broke with one visit to the vet. Are people neglecting care for their pets due to this?

I help save on costs by using a traveling vet to come to my home for all my vaccines (saves on office fees and is easy on the pets) and then have a local vet (of course expensive) if I need for emergencies and other care.

Do you think Vets charge too much?

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Below is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

P.S. - If you are NOT in need of help, but want to help - most of these organizations except donations

Below you will find links to help you find a clinic near you to get your pets vaccinated. There are clinics all over the pace that make it affordable to have all the shots you need for your pets. A lot of times they have them set up with your local pet stores so be sure to check with them also.

Does Vet Care deter you from owning a pet?

This guy just saw the Vet Bill

This guy just saw the Vet Bill
This guy just saw the Vet Bill

Can you really afford to own a pet?

Things to consider from The Humane Society

It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes, just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tails seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the supermarket.

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.

Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require lots of time, money, and commitment-over 15 years' worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.

Things to Consider

The fact that you're thinking about adopting from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:

Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.

Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.

Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.

Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.

Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.

Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active-they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research. That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal who will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.

Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.

Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

Get an Animal for Life

Sure, it's a long list of questions. But a quick stroll through an animal shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt is so important.

Many of the shelter's homeless animals are puppies and kittens, victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there are at least as many dogs and cats at the shelter who are more than a year old-animals who were obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got the animal.

Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love-for the life of the pet.

OK lets here what you have to say..... - Lets get the comments going

Do you think Veternarians take advantage of us Pet Lovers?

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YES

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes and no....some do, some dont...u usually get what you pay for.....if you pay $5.00 for a haircut, then expect a $5.00 haircut. Just like doctors,,,some r only in it for the money...some really care and will work with you. u just have to take your chances, get feedback from other clients.that is the best way.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Definitely.While I am sure there are veterinarians who possess honesty, compassion and a deep love for animals,too often it seems that pet owners are shang-hai-ed into paying enormous vet bills. Our pets have a special place in our hearts,to this there is no doubt. In addition, for many of us are fiercely protective of our most vulnerable and innocent companions, and many vets are adept at capitalizing on this emotional vulnerability to the hilt. I have always strived to understand both sides of the fence,and I am sure that vets are tired of being left with unpaid bills, especially when there is a negative outcome for the pet. The flip side, however, is that many pets go neglected and untreated,and suffer needlessly, when in many situations all that is needed is a fair option such as a payment plan. Also desperately needed is honesty about just what tests / vaccinations, etc are needed, as so many people find time and time again that they were unfairly taken advantage of at a very emotional time of their life. Like the saying goes "once bitten twice shy", those people who have a bad experience with vet care/vet bills, tend to remain apprehensive from then on. The combination of mistrust of veterinarians and concern over enormous vet bills, leaves our beloved companions in a losing position time and time again.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Maybe,The Vets Know Their is alots Of animals out there to be care for.,Some is more costly than others.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      yes I do. I know it cost alot for the equipment and training to be a vet. I wanted to be one,but I am sure that there are ways of lowering the cost or at least letting a pet owner make payments when there is a large bill. Most people I believe are honest and would pay.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      yes! I have a cat that after xrays and medicine he is still sick. I've been force feeding him for a week and a half with no improvement. I probably have to put him down because I can't afford the 800 dollars for exploratory surgery. he's only 6 years old. My family is devastated but I can't get him to eat and he throws it all up if I give him too much.I already spent 200 dollars and when you have a leaking roof I can't spend that kind of money for a chance to save his life. I won't get any more animals. It costs too much, and its heartbreaking when you can't help them.

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      Tough question to answer with just a yes or no. Vets do have to attend many hours of schooling and out of pocket expenses to acquire their education. I think if I invested years of my time and money to become a Vet I would certainly would want to earn a good living to pay off my schooling and live in a nice house and drive a nice car. Welcome to the land of opportunity! That said, I have a problem with Vets that weasel an upset and concerned pet owner to spring for tons of test ect...knowing darn well it was unnecesary and of no additional benefit for the treatment or diagnosis of the problem. That is pathetic! I highly recommend that pet owners read books like the one listed below regarding pet vaccinations and how often you should get them for your pets. I read a book that basically explained that once the antiboties are in the animals system it is no different than how a human handles the vaccination/immune system works...it is not nescessary to get vaccinations every single year. If you noticed they are starting to expand the time requirement because pet owners are catching on to the fact that money was t he driving factor for having vaccinations done yearly and not what is best for the animal. Research is starting to lean on the fact that there can be very bad side effects that can result from yearly shots....But as a pet owner we all have to make the decisions on what we feel is best for our pets. But take the time and become and educated pet owner so you have all the facts before you make your decision. Best wishes fellow pet owners!

    • Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      I love animals and it's saddening how the animal hospitals take advantage of our money. My beloved Old English Sheepdog(my best friend) died because they wouldn't do any more to help her without more money, even though I offered to try and sell a car if they only would have compassion and help her live. Check out my lens on AnimalsMansBestFriends and one on DoAnimalsGoToHeaven.

    • youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

      they really do. just in vaccines alone you will spend a lot of money just for that.

    • Wendy Leanne 9 years ago from Texas

      We have a cat and a dog and the vet bills have always really hurt us. Now that we have two children, it's down right tough to be able to afford just the yearly exams and shots for our pets.

    • thepartyanimal2 9 years ago

      I do believe some do. I think they are over priced and tend to take advantage of us and our hearts. NOt all, but most.

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      • BlueTrane 5 years ago

        It's not been my experience, I guess it's possible. But, I have found that most vets really care about the animals that they treat. As in anything, you need to be a knowledgeable consumer!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        It's expensive for sure...but in reality considering their expenses, training, and overhead it's not too bad. I pay a plumber, electrician, mechanic as much or more. Tips for saving money on it though is great!

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          BlueTrane 5 years ago

          I can afford the care of the dogs that I own. In fact, I carry VPI insurance on all four of them. I empathize with those that have to let economics drive the care that they give to their pets. I know it can be heart wrenching. Thanks for the info. I've featured your lens on my "Life Is Better With A Gordon Setter" lens.

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          Ruthi 6 years ago

          Gret resource lens for our critter friends! I guess I'm lucky as I've had great vets for many years who've truly cared about my dogs and didn't require any un-needed tests or treatments;and, in fact, offer low cost shots with no office charge, and so forth. Like I said, I've been lucky.

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          Amazing resource for pet owners looking for cheaper vet care. It costs a lot of money to become a vet, so I understand why they need to charge so much. However, that doesn't help us low income pet owners out much. Angel blessed, and to be featured on Blessed Pets -:)

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          rasilka 6 years ago

          Great Lens. Really put a lot of work and time .

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          JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          Wonderful! Thank you creating information and resources to help these precious creatures. :D

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          puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

          The last time I had to take our dog to the vet, the vet pushed for extra this and extra that tests etc. I explained I just didn't have the money for all of it and they finally backed off. The dog was fine.I'm so glad to have a low cost pet vaccination place near me.

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          RolandTumble 8 years ago

          Great pictures....

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          Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

          Great 5* lens. Our pets need all the help they can get! Check out my DoAnimalsGoToHeaven lens and my AnimalsMansBestFriends lens.

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          youhavegottobekidding 9 years ago

          Great Lens. I could really see that you have really put a lot of work and time to your Lens.5 stars for your Very Informative Lens.

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          Wendy Leanne 9 years ago from Texas

          5* from me!

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          Pamela2Heaven 9 years ago

          Well done~

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          Pamela2Heaven 9 years ago

          Well done~

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          Webcodes LM 9 years ago

          Great lens, love the animated gifs you put here. 5*