Where to find free & low-cost vet care is important, if you are on a budget. Also check local animal shelters, as often they can help. And read the post on where to find trustworthy pet insurance. There are a few charities that can help people who are eligible (usually on benefits):
- Blue Cross
- Mayhew & Celia Hammond (London)
- Dog’s Trust & Cats Protection (certain procedures)
Free & Low-Cost Vet Care Outside the UK
- Blue Cross (Ireland)
- Charity Paws (US) has a great post on places to help.
- The Humane Society (US)
- Go Fund Me (CA)
- PetCard helps spread the cost
- The Farley Foundation (CA)
- Community Veterinary Outreach (CA)
- Pet Medical Crisis (AU)
- Vet Care Finance (NZ – affordable emergency loans)
- Project Vets (worldwide) accepts donations of gently used veterinary/medical equipment.
Other Ways to Help with Vet Bills
- Animal Trust is England’s first non-profit vet. This means that staff still get paid, but prices are more realistic for the average person. Hopefully a sign of things to come?
- Waggle (US) is a crowdfunding platform where people pool donations from vetted requests for help, then are informed how the animals have been helped. Donations are also matched by people who perhaps have lost companion animals, and wish to help others. Read reviews here (there are a couple of not-so-good ones but with responses). You can set up a similar crowdfunding campaign at Fundly, Chuffed and Snowball.
- See the post on how to find free vet for dogs of homeless people.
Books to Help Keep Dogs Well
- My Pawsome Dog and Me Journal is a unique keepsake, filled with sage advice and space to document fun stuff (like favourite treats and most-loved scratch spots). But also there are helpful tips on good health for your woofer, and space to record anything you need, from symptoms to watch and medications to take.
- This book to keep your dog safe is an ideal read. It’s packed with fun illustrations, but includes important safety information on everything from toxic foods to avoid and garden safety, along with info on every other topic under the sun, and first aid.
- Where Does My Dog Hurt? is by a holistic vet, offering 23 simple body checkups to help you diagnose minor issues (obviously see your vet if concerned). The book includes clear anatomical illustrations and how-to photos for each check-up, from nose to tail.