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28 October 2013
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20 November 2013 - 6:21 pm
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I have barrowed money from my mother to pay for Zekes Amp surgery and have just recently (barely) paid her back. She really needed the money because they need to pay for some major repair to there roof. I have just started zeke chemo treatments and need to figure out a way to pay for his treatment. I was thinking of using care credit it seems to be everywhere but know nothing about it. And of course I just got my first credit card a little while ago (I am 24) and don't have a lot of experience in bills in general. Any comment opinions or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!


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20 November 2013 - 7:24 pm
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That sweet Zeke certaily has you for his champion!! Lotta love between you two!

I have not used Care Credit.....I was able to work out somewhat of a payment plan with the onco. so that's certainly worth a try. I still had to put a lot on my credit card though. I think my regullar vet maybe put in a good word. Ask to meet face to face with the decision maker

Also, ask the onc for possible organiztioms willng to offer fundng assistance. You maybe able toput that into search" here on the site and see if anyorganizations come up.

Others will chime in with more specific help too

Continue to keep that positive, solution oriented attitude' okay?

Hugs to you and Zeke!

Sallyand Happy Hannah

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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20 November 2013 - 7:57 pm
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Care Credit is nice.  Depending on how much is put on for the procedure you pay interest free but the down fall is if you don't get it paid off the interest is like 26 or something percent.  I have used it for myself & for my dogs both.  Make sure your vet takes it though Sassy's didn't take care credit they used another one from Chase or something.  Good luck with the surgery & recovery.



Michelle & Angel Sassy


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21 November 2013 - 5:01 am
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Care Credit is a good resource, I would give them a try.

Here's a blog post with more ideas for you:

How to Find Emergency Financial Help for Vet Bills

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21 November 2013 - 1:08 pm
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I have Care Credit and specifically got it when I had Maggie's amputation done.  And have used it since for some vet bills.  If the bill is a certain amount, it is interest free for a year...


Tracy & Spirit Maggie

Maggie was amputated for soft tissue sarcoma 10-20-09

Maggie lost her battle with kidney disease on 8-24-13


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10 January 2014 - 3:29 pm
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I'm a little late to this discussion but in case anyone new is looking - I recently got/heard about Care Credit AFTER Shelby had her initial bone fracture repair (way more $$$ than an amp) and her spleen removal. I got it because we were starting chemo for the spleen cancer and that's actually been the cheapest part of our whole journey! Shelby had her leg amputated this week and we will be putting that on Care Credit. I think it's good in theory - giving you more time to pay it off BUT like others said, after the grace period, the interest is really high. My suggestion, if you can, pay as much as you can each month to get those payments down! 

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Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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11 January 2014 - 10:00 am
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Great advice! Yep, I agree. Pay it off quickly and get that stress load off your plate, it makes such a difference in the mental health of your pack.

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11 January 2014 - 12:27 pm
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We used care credit for chuck. and it helped tremendously, though definitely something you want to pay off as much as possible as you can to avoid the high interest charges. yet, at the same time it probably will help you build your credit as it is so important to make sure you pay more than the minimum to avoid the interest. also, its nice to have in general for emergency vet visits where you aren't prepared to spend larger amounts of money, but gives you the opportunity to spread the financial blow over a few months time. Im definitely happy we have the card for our other animals now for those instances alone.

good luck!!!


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