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How to Get Help Paying for a Dog's Surgery

By Rose Kivi | Updated September 26, 2017

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Veterinary care is expensive. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, pet owners in the United States and Canada spent 11 billion dollars on veterinary care in 2002. It is a scary situation when your dog needs surgery, and you do not have the money. There are several options you can try to raise funds for your dog's surgery.

Ask your veterinarian office if they will allow you to trade work at their office in exchange for your dog's surgery.

Apply to see if you qualify for financing with a company like CareCredit. CareCredit provides loans for veterinarian bills and provides customers with an affordable repayment plan (see Resources).

Contact nonprofit animal medical fund organizations to see if they can assist you (see Resources).

Conduct a fundraiser for your dog's surgery. Some fundraiser ideas include a bake sale or a yard sale. When doing a fundraiser, it is helpful to print fliers with your dog's picture and surgery needs on it. Hang the fliers at local dog parks and at pet stores.

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  • Credit: Schick - Copyright: morgueFile free photo / Schick


Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.