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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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I just found out today my yorkie has a spine problem (disk) ...

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I just found out today my yorkie has a spine problem (disk) both hips have dispalsia and both knees pop out of joints on their scale 4 is the worst hers is a 4. They recommend prednisone to start and said we should fix all 3 problems if any and it would cost thousands. What would you recommend?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.

If your dog has no other health issue that would pose a problem during surgery, then I would go ahead and have the problems fixed so your dog can live a good life. Bloodwork should definitely be done prior to surgery to be sure her heart, liver and kidneys are working well before anesthesia. The following organizations may be able to help with finances if they are an issue.
Help-A-Pet This group helps low income families with vet care.

IMOM   This organization help people with emergency medical care in some cases.

Care Credit Quick application and approval for care credit card. You can sometimes apply and get approval while you are at the vet office.

American Animal Hospital Association
Helps animals that have been abandoned or if the owner is having financial hardships

Angels 4 Animals
This organization offers financial aid or treatment to those pets and owners in need.

God's Creatures Ministry
Help pay Vet bills for those that need help

The Pet Fund
Helps provide emergency vet care to those in need.

United Animal Nations
They help rescuers, low income and homeless pay for vet care.

UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
For help in the UK.