Overwhelming Vet Bills
January 15, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
Money/Pet: How do I reconcile being fiscally responsible vs. taking care of my dog's medical emergencies?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy to Pets & Animals (42 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
This past year my partner and I have really tightened our belts in order to improve our finances; there is less coming in coupled with several big emergencies that we had to put on credit cards, so we have radically changed our lifestyle in order to live within our means, cutting our spending to the bone.
Now in just one month our beloved dog, Fanny, has been diagnosed with not one, not two, but three major medical problems with a possible fourth problem waiting for diagnosis. We've already spent $800, with a possible future outlay of $1,000, to $2,000. All of her problems need x-rays, bloodwork, surgery, meds, and follow-ups and they all need to be dealt with now. I am feeling panicky and overwhelmed--- we really cannot afford this, yet how can we not take care of our sweet girl? Any advice on how to make decisions about her care?