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Hi my pet was taken to an emergency room tonight. Due to their policy and that we had to pay out of pocket up front of 75% of total cost in which we didn’t have. The worker then stated if we were unable to pay the 75% then they recommend putting my dog to sleep. We tried to get them to do a blood transfusion and a agulation but they refused to do anything unless we payed there 75% of total cost. Nowy

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I had taken my shitzu to a emergency pet hospital and was told that we would have to make a payment t of 75% of the total amount in order for them to do anything to help my pup. The person working behind the desk also had stated if we were unable to pay the 75% up front then she reccomends we put our family dog to sleep.
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear about that. What questions did you have regarding the vet's actions?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
we were forced to bring her home and now we are watching her die. They refused to do as we asked to help her but they wouldn’t touch our pet unless a 75% of the total cost was made.
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

I see. I'm sorry to hear about that. So, generally, a vet is not required to perform services on a pet for free or in the case of an emergency. Although the morally correct thing to do would be to negotiate a reasonable price, the law doesn't require that they work on your dog. Sometimes, non-profit shelters or other places may help your pet. Have you had a chance to look into any of those at all?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I’m trying to help help her but running into walls and running out of time fast!
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. It sounds terrible. My recommendation is to try to go to the Human Society that is in your state. If you click here, you can get their information. They may not be able to help you; however, they very well may be able to assist you in finding free or low cost help for your pet ASAP. Sometimes, they have vets who will provide free or low cost work for people who can't afford it. Also, call your county's department of animal control. They may have something set up as well where they can either do the work or refer you somewhere you can have the work done as well. O'm very sorry.

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