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post #1 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Money set aside for misc. Vet care

What do you guys consider an ideal (realistic) amount to have put aside for emergency/miscellaneous veterinary care?
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post #2 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Cmon....

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post #3 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 09:48 PM
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I would say anywhere from $500- $1000, and maybe more if anything more serious is involved. I say $1000 just because you never know if your horse needs to stay at the vet for intensive care, meaning daily board and care at the vets office, plus treatment.
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post #4 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 09:57 PM
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I would say at least $500. That would give you a nice down payment if anything worse happens. I would not stop there, just keep adding to it. I have a fund that any extra $$ I come across goes in, like birthday, tax refund, even if I return anything to the store the cash I get back goes into my kitty. It is good for saving $$ too.
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post #5 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 09:59 PM
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Personally I take what I spend on a monthly basis and say I want at least 5 months of that money saved up for emergency (incase I lose a job or incase there's a huge vet bill)

I literally just made a budget on mint.com which is linked to my account and gives me a realistic finish date depending on how much money I contribute to it every month.

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post #6 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 09:59 PM
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Approx. $1000

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post #7 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 11:15 PM
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I have had a $300 vet bill turn into a $1500 vet bill within 5 days after the vet left due to a infection in the leg. So you never know. I would say atleast $1000 set aside maybe more. Its always nice to have a nice cushion to fall on if things hit the fan.
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post #8 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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I thought $1000 sounded like a good number. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't way off base (yes I understand it could be much worse)
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post #9 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 11:21 PM
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I try to keep about $2,500 set back. Of course, I have four horses of my own and keep two for my sister, so maybe it should be more?
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post #10 of 31 Old 06-06-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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I, fortunately, have not yet *knock on wood* had to find out. Only routine things thus far...
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