Update January 2017: This story was updated to include more resources for pet owners in the USA. There are also new sources of financial aid for animal rescue groups and individual pet owners who live in Canada.
The idea for this story came from a reader who wrote to ask about the resources available when pet owners can’t afford veterinary bills. The woman was having trouble making ends meet financially due to the ongoing cost of the treatment needed for her paralyzed Dachshund. Last year the 4 year-old dog suffered a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) stroke that left her unable to walk. But thanks to the veterinary care she was receiving, the dog was making good progress in her recovery.
This isn’t the first time I’ve received a request for financial help from a pet parent and it’s not the first time I’ve heard about the paradox between the lifesaving treatments modern veterinary medicine has to offer and the ability of people to afford them. [Read more…]