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Your Views: Janesville veterinary care differs greatly from health care for humans

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March 16, 2014

Something needs to change in the way people are able to care for their pets. Getting health care for your pet can be a daunting task. There is Credit Care and the Friends of Noah programs, but not all families qualify. Vets are not willing to make payment arrangements.

I have never walked in, gotten care and just left without stopping to pay the bill. Two months ago, my 8-year-old dog got sick. We do not qualify for Credit Care or Friends of Noah. My vet, like other vets, is unwilling to work with me.

What started as a breathing problem turned into my dog coughing up blood and a complete losing of his vision and $500 in expenses without answers. If he were human rather than a dog, payment arrangements would already have been made on the bill, the tests would already have been done and real treatment would already have begun. If it were necessary, a room would already be on hold at the hospital, places would have been willing to hold fundraisers and his fundraiser would already have circulated worldwide all over Facebook and Twitter.

He lives and breathes, and he feels love and pain, but unfortunately for him he is just a dog. We humans have to be the voices for our pets.

COLLEEN FISCHER

Janesville



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