Q. Her snout has been swollen for a couple days and now is bleeding. What can I do? I can't afford to take her to a vet

A. Swelling of the face and head can indicate a serious allergic reaction, or other underlying problems such as a foreign body stuck in the nose, or a tumor or growth blocking the airways. Bleeding from the nose can further indicate the possibility of a foreign object. These usually require sedation from a veterinarian to safely remove the object or tumor in the way.

If you are unable to afford a veterinarian, you can check with your local animal shelter or humane society. They will often have information on low or no cost clinics in your area that may be able to provide you with care at a much lower cost. Some shelters may also have funds for owners in need to help cover some of the cost of veterinary care.

Many clinics are also now offering payment services such as Care Credit. Care Credit is a sort of medical credit card that can help spread out the cost of payments, is usually no or low-interest and can make affording veterinary care easier. You can learn more about this service and find clinics in your area by visiting

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