Canine cancer treatment can be quite costly. Since many do not have pet insurance, veterinary bills can be overwhelming for dog cancer, especially in this economy.
There is a new fundraiser that has been started to help raise funds for those coping with canine cancer and the bills they face. This fund is sponsored by Prairie Isle Dog Trekking, which is a sled dog group. The way the fund works is kind of like a walk-athon. The group collects donations (visit the site here), and contributes a dollar for every mile the dogs run. Contributions go to Canine Cancer Awareness.
Canine Cancer Awareness is one of the charitable organizations that helps provide financial assistance to dogs with cancer. Another source of funding, either for donations or seeking financial help, is The Magic Bullet Fund.
The Dog Cancer Survival Guide has an extensive listing of further sources of financial aid for dogs in need and their humans, along with contact information to get funding.
Other routes to help with veterinary bills include Care Credit. This is a third party financing option, where participating practices work with Care Credit to allow veterinary bills to be paid off over time.
Some veterinary practices will trade services as well.
Finally, enrollment in clinical trials in your area can be another way for your loved dog to receive specialist veterinary care at low cost while testing new cancer treatments.
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.