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Pet medication is too expensive

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

I’ve had my cat for the past 15 years and he has been a much-loved member of the family.

He was a great comfort to me when my husband died four years ago and I can’t imagine life without him.

Unfortunately, he has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition which requires regular medication.

The pet insurance covered the cost of all the tests but it won’t cover the cost of medication after the first year.

The year is up just before Christmas and the tablets are expensive.

I am 84, on a limited pension and benefits and I am so worried about the costs — I’m not sure I will be able to afford them.

The vet says he would cope without the medication for a while but not for long and I’d hate to see him suffer. I wouldn’t want to be without him but do you think someone might adopt him? DD

FIONA SAYS: VETERINARY CHARITY MAY BE ABLE TO HELP

Trying to get a sick and elderly cat adopted would be very difficult, although there might be someone who is willing to do so.

You might find, though, that the PDSA is able to help you.

To qualify for its help you need to be in receipt of either a housing or council tax benefit. You also need to live within a defined catchment area around one of the PDSA hospitals or practices. The whole point of the service is to provide help to pets whose owners are most in need, so do make contact and see if you are eligible.

The helpline number is 0800 731 2502 and it's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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