9 ways to get cheap or free vet care for your pet

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    By Angela Colley/MoneyTalksNews

    One day I noticed my puppy was acting strangely. She walked a few steps, stumbled, fell over and slowly got back up, only to fall over again. I realized her tummy was extremely bloated.

    I rushed her to the vet. The vet examined her for a few minutes and started to chuckle. Then my puppy let out a bellowing burp, and the vet actually started to laugh.

    When he asked me if I had left dog food out, I remembered the large bowl on the kitchen floor for my other dog. My puppy had 4 cups of food in her half-cup stomach.

    It wasn't serious -- although food bloat can be a very serious condition -- but I wasn't laughing when I got the bill for $100.

    Between routine care and those little surprises, your pet's medical bills can get expensive.

    Here are some ways to find less expensive -- or even free -- vet care.