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QOTD~ 6/27/14~ How much money would you spend on a sick pet?

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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by on Jun. 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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by Ronna on Jun. 27, 2014 at 7:11 AM

It depends on how ill the pet is and what my financial situation is at the moment.  Back in 2004, I had to put our dog, Tony, down because he was 14 years old at the time and had an incurable disorder that was causing him balance and coordination problems.  It he had had something curable, I probably would have had him treated. 

that being said, I don't know where I'd draw the line regarding how much money I'd spend.  A lot would depend on my financial situation at the time. 

by Silver Member on Jun. 27, 2014 at 7:51 AM

It would really depend on the procedure(s) and the prognosis. We had a cat that had a protein disorder. The vet told us that we could try transfusions but there was no guarantee that it would help and if it did it the vet couldn't say for how long it would help. We chose to have him put to sleep.

Our dalmatian, Wally (RIP), had kidney stones. We paid around $800 (years and years ago) to have the stones removed. He then had to take a daily medication to keep the stones from forming again. I think that is the most I have paid for a pet, thus far.

by Louann on Jun. 27, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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I don't have a clear cut answer for that.  It would depend on what I could afford, the age of the pet, the prognosis as far as would it really help etc...

by Gold Member on Jun. 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

As much as I could afford and then some IF it would save my pet. My rule of thumb is would I want that done to me? And will this give them more life and a good quality of life.

by Bronze Member on Jun. 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Well, I just went through this recently. My 13 year old dog was diagnoses with Cushing's Disease. It is a tumor on one of the glands. Her symtoms were excessive drinking of water, excessive urination and loss of hair. She started losing her hair on her tail. One vet said it might be just dry skin and to put olive oil on it to see if that helps. Then she started peeing in the house, if you didn't catch it fast enough to get her outdoors. I went to another vet and he tested and confirmed her diagnosis. It is supposed to be treatable, so I went along with it. Between her tests and drugs in the past 4 months cost over $2500. That drug worked at first, she was able to hold her water until she went out, her hair started coming back. Then she started walking funny, and her appetite was diminishing, when she was back to the vet to have more tests to see how the drug was working in her body, I asked the vet to see what was going on with her stance, and he said it might just be arthritis. We kept cutting down the medication as time was going on, but her walking got worse, she wouldn't eat a thing (and I tried everything). We (ourselves) stopped the medication completely. He walking got so bad, her hind legs looked like they were facing out. She had trouble going up the 2 steps onto the deck. My hubby built wider and shorter stairs for her which worked great. We were watching her go downhill rapidly. She passed away this past Sunday, June 22, in her sleep. We knew it was going to happen on Saturday night, so we made sure she was laying on a comfortable cushion and said our goodbyes. When I woke up on Sunday, she was gone. If I were to do it over, knowing this, I would have made a different choice. At least before treatment, she was walking and eating fine. She just was going bald in spots and urinating, which we could have figured out something like doggie diapers.

Her brother 1.5 years ago, age 11, slipped on a step on a linoleum floor (conccrete under) and landed on his chest, all fours went out under him. He limped a little, but reading up on it, all I was reading was to wait a few days and see. He started growing this large lump on his side. I took him to the vet and they said that it was  bone cancer. All the blood tests came back negative, but the xrays showed a mass, so the doctor opened him up to get samples and put a drain in him to relieve the pressure. This never healed, we were changing dressings every day and the lump seemed to keep getting larger. The vet wanted me to take him to a specialty hospital to get more tests which one test alone was over $3500, and that wasn't counting all the other costs of that visit, especially with cancer. I told him there is no way I can afford this, so we just gave him as much comfort as we could until he passed.

So, back to the question, I guess it depends on the age of the pet and the affordability. These were large dogs and they were close to their life expectancy.

by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Depends on the pet, age, illness, will it recover or am I making it comfy, etc. 

Last year my #1 dog developed a spleenic tumor. The recovery from surgery would take about 3 months, but his life span would have only been extended about 3 months. Didn't make sense to me to extend his life in that situation. So for us it was 1 week from diagnosis, making him comfy, euthanasia.  

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by on Jun. 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It depends on many factors :)

by Gold Member on Jun. 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM
As much as needed if the pet would recover. So many factors to consider in regard to this question. If the pet was very sick and it was only to keep that pet alive due to not wanting to let go, I would not. That's selfish and I wouldn't want the pet to continue to suffer.
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

If I could afford it, the limit would never be reached. But it would also depend on th emany factors that others have mentioned. If it would just delay the inevidable and the pet would still be suffering I would have to consider what was best for the pet,not me.  We had to make this choice with our little dog back in MD many years ago. She had developed tumors in her mammary glands and when they did exporitory surgery she had them all throughout her poor little body.  The vet said he could remove them and she might live quite awhile but the tumors would keep coming back,so we made the choice just to have put to sleep. It was one the hardest decisons I have ever had to make,because she had not shown any sighns of illness,she had been her bubbly little self even the morning before the operation.  I just couldn't see putting her through the continuous pain of surgery over and over again.


by Angie on Jun. 27, 2014 at 9:10 PM

 It depends on the prognosis and quality of life.  I have spent many dollars on my Rosie over the past few years.  She was diagnosed with heart problems an goes to a specialist.  The doctors told us it could be handled with medications and that is what we have been doing.  She still chases squirrel, barks at the mailman, eats like a horse and walks everyday.  Her heart was originally the size of a 125 lb dog and she is 24 pounds.  through exercise, diet and medications she it is now the size of a 50 lb dog.  Luckily, I have pet insurance for her, so I dont spend that much out of my own pocket. 

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