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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Gavin Jones, Jun 5, 2018.


  1. Gavin Jones

    Gavin Jones PetForums Newbie

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    Evening all,
    I am hoping someone in the community might be able to signpost us to possible support groups or places where we might be able to access any funding to help towards a vet bill. Sadly we don't qualify for help from the usual channels as we both work. However, that said, on average salaries and 2 children we are less than flush.

    On our usual evening walk our 4 year old shihtzu Aggie managed to slip her lead after being spooked by a loud car. Despite our best efforts to stop the traffic unfortunately she got hit by a car. By some miracle she managed to come away with a broken leg, which on assessment does require some considerable surgery due to the complexity and location of the break. We have managed to scrape together the £880 for the initial emergency treatment. However Aggie has had to be transferred to a specialist centre to be operated on. We have an estimate of £3500 if all goes to plan. As you can imagine we are really struggling to find the funds to help cover the cost of the operation.

    I have set up a Just giving page but that is as much as I can think of doing. If anyone has any ideas or id you can offer any further advice it would be very much appreciated.

    Many thanks, Gavin
     
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    WillowT PetForums VIP

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    Could you get a loan from the bank? You could make monthly payments back at an affordable amount. Or maybe the vet will do a pet payment plan for you if you tell them your dilemma.
    Do you not have insurance?
     
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  3. Gavin Jones

    Gavin Jones PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Willow,
    That's something we were thinking about and if we are unable to find any support that is likely to be our solution, fingers crossed.

    On calling the insurers we were not covered which on double checking the small print we not actually covered for dogs off lead which was technically the case at the time of the accident as she had slipped her lead
     
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    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    What sort of policy doesn't cover off lead that's ridiculous.

    Am not critising the OP but dogs are not robots and can get spooked at any time on a walk, flee a garden if so scared, escape through doors due to slip of concentration and I would have thought a dog who got run over in this circumstance would be covered by accident on the insurance.
     
  6. Gavin Jones

    Gavin Jones PetForums Newbie

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    I absolutely agree and it is something we are appealing. Just hoping we get the decision overturned, we should learn more today. However I'm more worried about today as Aggie is having her operation this today. Keeping eveything crossed it goes to plan. Thank you for taking time to reply to my message, it's really nice to know people out there care.
     
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  7. Gavin Jones

    Gavin Jones PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Molly, Thank you for your kind words and for the information. I will certainly look into all of this.
    We are just keeping everything crossed that today's surgery goes well.
     
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    Hi Gavin, I shocked that an insurance company is treating you like this, I thought that's was one of reasons why we took them out for this sort of accident. I would defiantly speak to them again.

    Hope everything goes well for Aggie today and she home soon.
     
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    MollySmith PetForums VIP

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    Any news? And how are you? You must be so shocked, I can’t begin to imagine.
     
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    havoc PetForums VIP

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    I think you should name the insurer. How exactly is this exclusion worded?
     
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    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    How's Aggie getting on after her operation I hope all went well.
     
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    I'm sorry this happened, I hope the surgery went well and that you are able to get the funds together for the operation. I'm shocked your insurance policy doesn't cover off lead too, loads of people have their dogs off lead and even on lead accidents happen.
     
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    What if a lead had broken? What if a dog was so spooked it had ripped the lead from the owners hand? If the lead is still attached but the owner isn't what's the theory then? This term is so ridiculous I don't see how it can be applied.
     
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