How Can I Find Low Cost Veterinary Care in my Town?

Dear Dr. Barchas, About three years ago, I adopted a puppy mill girl Cairn/Westie and she's The Best Girl. Two years ago, I had to...

Dear Dr. Barchas,

About three years ago, I adopted a puppy mill girl Cairn/Westie and she’s The Best Girl. Two years ago, I had to “retire early” due to a heart problem. We have been doing fine, except she has a raised red bump about a 1/4″ and it sure looks angry.

I foster, and I know what the vet bills are like. Personally, I have absolutely no way to pay for this medical problem. I don’t want my girl to die. Are there any places in Baltimore, Maryland that could take off this angry lump? In a year it was a small 1/8″ circle like a raised mole. I am sick about this.

I am ashamed and embarassed that I am blasted helpless. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Thank you for your kindness and all that you do!

Baltimore, MD

Based upon your description I am optimistic that the mass on your girl might not be malignant. Benign (non-cancerous) masses often start off as growths that look like moles. They can take on a very “angry” appearance over time.

That said, there is no way to know what is going on without having a vet assess the affected area.

Although I have visited and am fond of the Baltimore area, I am not familiar with veterinary facilities in your town. Many major metropolitan areas have facilities dedicated to serving animals owned by people in your situation.

Local Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs) sometimes have low cost veterinary clinics. Government-run animal shelters may have office hours for residents of the city in which they’re located. Some private veterinary facilities offer discounted services or sliding fee scales for disadvantaged people.

Do some research. For instance, I googled “low cost veterinary care Baltimore” and found the following potentially helpful link:

Washington Animal Rescue League

If you can get to Washington, D.C. they might be able to help. If you can’t, they might be able to suggest a similar organization in Baltimore.

Under no circumstances should you feel ashamed of your situation. Health problems (and subsequent financial problems) can strike anyone. You clearly are trying to do right by your girl.

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