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Also, in terms of money, I understand that's a difficult situation. And while I really feel a vet visit would be strongly recommended, I know that you can't make money appear out of thing air. So, here are some things to consider:Firstly, I would recommend discussing what you CAN afford with your vet. Sometimes, in the case of an injury, some care is better than no care at all, and certainly better than ignoring it or euthanasia. So if you had $50 to spend at the time, a good vet should work with you to make that money go as far as possible. In your case, this probably consists of anti-inflammatory medication (and I imagine you should be able to get an exam and meds for about $50). That would likely be a first approach and if that wasn't successful, they would likely perform an x-ray after the course of meds. It's no guarantee and it's not the same as going the full gamut, which may include xrays to get a good idea of exactly what's occurring, but it's usually better than nothing. I would also call around to other clinics, as the cost from clinic to clinic for certain procedures can vary dramatically. You can ask what the fee is for an office visit - this will give you an idea of their pricing. I'm in the northeast of the U.S. and a reasonable fee is $35 here. In the south or midwest, I imagine it would be a bit less. Calling around can make a difference. For example, I had a dog with a cyst that had to be excised. One clinic quoted $800+ for the relatively simple and quick procedure. Another quoted $200 and they did a wonderful job. So that just goes to show how much it can vary. Another option would be to contact an area humane society - like an ASPCA or the Animal Rescue League branch in your area (www.arl.org is the main site) - to ask if they know of any low-cost veterinary clinics. Often, larger humane organizations like the ARL run these clinics, or they can refer you to one in your area. Usually, they work with pet owners so that you pay what you can afford. The disadvantage is that there's usually little flexibility in terms of appointments, as these clinics are often open a few days of the week, so they're not ideal for emergencies. But it may just work well for your case.Another option to consider would be approaching a veterinary teaching hospital at a university in your area. Teaching clinics often charge significantly less for equal services and you'll have some of the best minds in the field working on your pet. Here's a list of some additional resources that can sometimes help in a time of need: American Animal Hospital Association http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/ Angels 4 Animals http://www.angels4animals.org/ Care Credit http://www.carecredit.com/ God's Creatures Ministry http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html Help-A-Pet http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html IMOM http://www.imom.org/ The Pet Fund http://thepetfund.com/ United Animal Nations http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html This list is for local and national help resources: http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=163 I hope your dog is feeling better soon! Let me know if you run into any additional questions, okay?-Mia Carter Pet Expert