Q. My dog is about 7 years old and just been diagnosed with cancer, we cant afford the cost to chemotherapy Is there anything else we can do to help him?
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. You are not saying what kind of cancer your dog is suffering from. In most cancers chemotherapy may put your dog's cancer in remission for a while, but sometimes remission is only short. You can treat your dog in such a way that nothing in his surroundings changes, do the same happy things with him you have always done, and watch him closely for pain and discomfort. Pain and discomfort can be relieved with pain medication available from your vet. Many dogs with cancer can live a good quality life, even though they have cancer.
A. If you are in financial difficulty, there are ways of still getting your pet treated by a veterinarian. Ask if they take Care Credit and apply online. This is a credit card specifically for medical, dental, and veterinary expenses.
Call a local animal shelter or college of veterinary medicine in your area and ask if they have a low- or no-cost veterinary care program.
GiveForward and Youcaring.com are crowd funding websites that help you raise money to help take care of your pets
Harley’s Hope Foundation is an organization that ensures low income pet parents and their companion or service animals remain together when issues arise.
Many breed rescues and groups have specials funds available for owners who need financial assistance, such as the Special Needs Dobermans, Labrador Lifeline, and Pitbull Rescue Central.
Banfield Pet Hospital has its own programs for owners that can’t afford their pet’s care.
God's Creatures Ministry helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.
IMOM (In Memory of Magic) is dedicated to helping individuals have their pets spayed and neutered. They also assist caretakers of feral colonies.
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation has many programs including helping people with medical bills. They are a good resource for information.
Brown Dog Foundation provides funding to families with a sick pet that would likely respond to treatment, but due to circumstances, there is not enough money immediately available to pay.
Some groups help with specific disease, such as Canine Cancer Awareness, The Magic Bullet Fund, Helping Harley Fund, and Muffin Diabetes Fund.
The Pet Fund and Redrover.org are great sources for help to care for your pet.
The Humane Society website has many links to other organizations that help with veterinary expenses.