Having a pug can prove quite expensive, due to the many health problems which can occur anytime. Therefore, a vet bills assistance tips article should help you with the issue.
If, despite your planning, your pet incurs major veterinary expenses that you have trouble affording, consider these suggestions:
Ask your veterinarian if he or she will let you work out a payment plan
. Many veterinarians are willing to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you do not have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front.
Contact your local shelter.
Some shelters operate or know of local subsidized veterinary clinics or veterinary assistance programs. You can find the name and number of your local shelter in the Yellow Pages of your phone book under "animal shelter," "animal control," or "humane society," or by calling Information. You can also go to www.Pets911.com and enter your zip code to find a list of animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community.
If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the National Club
for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund.
Ask your veterinarian to submit an assistance request
to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) "Helping Pets Fund." In order to qualify, your animal hospital must be AAHA accredited. To learn more about the program visit the AAHA web site. To find a AAHA accredited hospital in your area, search online at www.Pets911.com.
Use your credit card. Ask for a higher credit limit or a cash advance.
Call your bank. Ask about loan programs, second mortgages, or other options.
Consider borrowing from your life insurance policy, vacation savings, kids' education fund, or retirement program.
Ask your employer for a salary advance.
Alert family and friends and ask them each for a $25 loan.
Pawn your stuff.
TVs and VCRs can be replaced. Your pet can't.
Consider taking on a part-time job or temping.
Contact the regional office of The HSUS
that covers your state. Our regional office staff is often familiar with organizations and personnel within their territory and may be able to direct you to programs in your area.
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