To some people, it is obvious that if times are tough financially, it is not the best time to adopt or buy a dog. The old adage seems to be: if you can't afford a pet (or dogs) don't have them! However, as most dog lovers know, it isn't always that simple.dogs are part of our lives and our families for years, and difficult financial situations can arise in an instant - how can we assume that someone should not have a dog just because they are in a tight spot financially?
In other situations, a dog is homeless, injured, or slated to be euthanized for whatever reason, and people adopt and care for these animals - whether they can immediately afford it or not. Problems arise if this is a chronic occurrence, but it is worth pointing out that there ARE situations where "innocent" people find themselves in a situation where money is tight and their dog is sick.
This is a familiar theme in veterinary medicine. Sometimes people assume that vets should treat the ones that can't afford medical treatment for no charge, since "vets care about animals." True - vets care about animals. Vets love animals. However, medical supplies, veterinary office and staffing expenses, insurance fees, and the normal expenses from running a practice all add up, and it is a difficult situation when vets are asked to give free services and supplies.
So what can be done? The purpose of this article is to offer ideas on how to be prepared and what to do during financially tough times when a pet is sick.