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 es138
Joined: 4/9/2006
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My friend was a Vet Tech in LA and most of the patrons from the neighborhood had pretty low incomes. The Dr. who owned the clinic often complained that she had spent all those years in school to become a glorified euthanist. I think that some vets are forced to be business savy, and others are in a great position to make a lot of money and bestow all sorts of favors upon unfortunate animals and their families.

If I were considering an expensive surgery for a pet, I'd ask how long could we assume the animal would live on (best case). I'd break that time frame down to months and suppose the cost of the surgery as a monthly expense.
 SpecialHeartedLady
Joined: 2/11/2008
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Posted: 3/23/2008 10:07:10 PM
Surgery for animals isn't something I'd do. People put too much emphasis on animals as if they were people. If someone can afford a surgery for an animal.. they can afford to donate that money to a family... say... that has premature babies to care for and no help... or families with children who have cancer or something. Let the pet go and do something more productive.
 SpecialHeartedLady
Joined: 2/11/2008
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Posted: 3/23/2008 10:35:08 PM
Well, that's all sweet and nice and all, but not realistic. People come first, animals last. Your post is a fine example of why there is so much suffering and neglect of real issues. Animal surgery just makes the animal suffer anyway... let it go home to heaven and be out of misery. There are indeed too many cats and dogs anyway.

I'm sure that comment won't go over real well.. but for some of us, true suffering has befalled... and much of it by way of animals.... and other people who put their animals and surgeries for them, etc above the love and care of other human beings.

Less of these types of animals the better, no surgeries, only shots... and more to humans instead.

Good nite.
 Vintage Princess
Joined: 8/26/2007
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Posted: 3/23/2008 11:49:03 PM
My cat, who passed away last month, came to us as a stray..and all my friends figured...lucky you free cat! But thats never the case. Animals are never free, we must take care of them the best that we can.

Being a stray cat, we tried to keep him indoors but he constantly darted outside wanting to lie in the grass and run around. This eventuially was his downfall, he got hit by a car and suffered a compound fracture. (the bone was splintered through his hip) We are not sure who hit him.
It was never a question to save him or not, when the vet asked if I was going to pay for the expensive surgery I knew I was going to. The cat had been there for me, I was going to be there for him.
He lived in a cage for a few months recovering with a metal pole in his leg, that popped out his hip. He was on special vet food and still developed a chronic unary tract disorder. About a year later he blocked and had to have another surgery to unblock him, eventuially he had to have his genitals altered so the crystals could freely flow. This surgery was very expensive, and the vet said it was not a for sure thing. He said the cat might not life a year after it. He lived 2 years after and died last month. He was happy and playful untill the end.

Money is always something that you could worry about later, when someone, or something you love is in pain thats all that matters. My only limit is when a doctor tells me, this pet is not going to recover...no surgery is going to extend its life...your animal is in a lot of pain.

In the case of my cat, if we dident put him down, his bladder would of expoded putting toxins in his body...killing him slowly and he would of died within 24 hours of a heart attack.

I do beleive that there are some vets only out there to get money, thankfully we have been going to the same vet for years, although when he is closed we go to a few other local vets.
Some other vets are very pushy with services and are not vey straight up with you. I really apreciate when a doctor is genuine and tells things like they are.
 _JAFO_
Joined: 11/9/2007
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Posted: 3/24/2008 12:20:32 PM
My knee jerk reaction to the question "how much would you send on your pet for surgery" is . . . nothing. My pet was a stray after all.

But what I say and what I do are two entirely different things.

I met my feline friend when I bought my home some 12 years ago. The previous owners had been feeding this wild, scared, jumpy runt of a cat on their back porch and obviously couldn't take her with them when they moved. It was impossible to get near her. So, she became part of the "deal" in the sale of the home. Rather than trap her and send her off to a most definite doom I continued feeding her -- I didn't have the heart to put a healthy ferral cat down.

After a couple of years she eventually made her way into my home and I was able to touch her. Perhaps a couple years after that she allowed me to pick her up.

She stayed constant vigil over me when I was suffering from cancer. Eventually she became a wonderful companion and friend and even became a lap cat to my amazement.

As she got older she was exclusively a house cat -- by her choosing she never left my side -- if I was outside she would keep me company or follow me to the mailbox -- then run back into the house in front of me when she saw I was heading back inside.

I was the only one she would trust. Few people could touch her until the last couple of years when she would allow guests in my house the "priviledge" of her presence and occasionally a touch.

She became ill recently and I DID put a dollar figure on her life. That flew out the window. I didn't have the heart to put an animal down that trusted me so excusively with their very life.

I spent hundreds of dollars for her surgery and returned that constant vigil for her health while she recuperated from what I later realized was HER bout with cancer.

A couple of months later her cancer had spread and she was unable to walk. There was no hope. I held her while the dr. euthanized her. Those clear trusting eyes looked up to me and slowly clouded over.
 SpecialHeartedLady
Joined: 2/11/2008
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Posted: 3/24/2008 7:32:29 PM
Animals are never a human.

I can't believe the audacity of some people who say that humans just spawn.... wow, piscescoda... you have a lot to learn. I feel so terribly bad for you.

Those who say that humans should just be let to die cause they suffer and so on... give me a break. It's people with your nasty attitude that make this world a worse place. makes me sick. you simply do not know what you are talking about.
 MelloDLyn
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Posted: 3/24/2008 10:43:29 PM
No limit, my dog Chloe J-Lo is a shih tzu. She is my baby! Well she thinks she is a princess and has tiarra's and pearls, and all kinds of cute stuff. She is always there for me with unconditional love. She means the world to me and I would do anything for that dog!
 asianpeachqTea
Joined: 5/5/2011
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Posted: 3/17/2012 3:28:06 PM
Another good & thought provoking ForumThreadPost no matter'how old'.Had I any'Pets'& I would like to hope there is no blocks/limits etc,to try to save them.However reality acts on finances & few is reliable to gain. &Will need to be up to par.&If not enough I wouldn't have a 'Pet'I think.I must live decent enough first to ensure when with 'companions'they too will be comfortable & to keep it up throughout good bad times.One moment is well & next its not anymore.So even if yrs are well it may stop so inbetween never know what may happen try to be ready as one can.&Age can be a factor too.To young/old may not survive surgery.May worsen.&This & that.Educate yourself best you can.Guarantees are not absolute. While difficult,age to works for & against.I would try spend/give much my monthly wages I can to them & even see if others willing to share.If no.I would still use resources & hopefully more best I can,wisely.I want & need to be able & capable of help & helping.We are having all sorts of existence live by us.Human/ Animal/Seed etc.Let that be 1 reason alone,is just important to acknowledge.&Yes its possible & true there are vets & others.Who place money first & put saving animals last.There are opprtunities to use natural remedies etc.But severe wounds/or what could lead to severe injuries & the like.Trust..vets.Pets are not like family.They are family.Whether a chance with humans & or(with) animals.Its the same for one or a couple.To think & prepare first & onwards as daily struggles hit & hard.They say,"Sky is the limit"! Yes there is challenges & loss. &Can be as many successes to. Its difficult & confusing when stressed yet anything can be made & tried.There is alot of unfair things & ppl in the world. &Just as well the Good that Balances it often. Et Etc To Be Cont.
 part deux
Joined: 11/11/2008
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Posted: 3/17/2012 4:10:14 PM
I spent over 2000.00 in one year on my pug. It hurt, but was the best money I ever spent.
PS, Special, if your country had socialised healthcare, like every other civilized nation in the world, children could get quality treatment for cancer. Your comments are rude insensitive and heartless.
 Angela_Amazing
Joined: 5/13/2011
Msg: 29
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Posted: 3/17/2012 4:12:29 PM
Yes, I would spend a months salary to save my cat and even more so to bring him back if it was possible. Still miss him each and every day, and it's been 7 years since he passed away. RIP Tager.
 jojoaus
Joined: 10/28/2007
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Posted: 3/17/2012 10:28:41 PM
When we get a dog I will be getting pet insurance. I will know up front the gap fee so I can be prepared.

I had a pet rat.. Ratatouille. She got sick with a UTI... I took her to the vet, he gave her antibiotics and kept her all day, rehydrating her. He charged me $20

Sadly 10 days ater I had to get her put down as the infection was killing her. I NEVER expected a pet rat to need veterinary intervention. She was a cutie
 asianpeachqTea
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Posted: 3/17/2012 11:05:17 PM
All creatures require good health etc There is no difference in having vet
care for'regular pets'like canines & rodents right down to fish & all. There are ppl who do see it as weird etc.Its not.&It will differ the expertise in locations..& it is expensive & maybe not even available in an area.However ppl travel where they must to get their human families best of medical care They do anything.Same goes for creatures.I think vets should learn on all animal health care etc.Its
vital,necessary.Thankfully there is insurance covering pets too..we must cont.do more. Btw Adorable Name for your rat.Sorry that happened though.Best of fortunes when you have a dog.If I have one,a mouse he will be named Desperauex Witch(from the Book& Film Witches) lol & I would make him gourmet chocolat & make lamice et Les Rat parfume(all safe & natural).Hey they deserve luxuries as well.
 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
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Posted: 3/18/2012 12:34:23 AM
original poster posted the following questions:

1. would there be a limit that you would spend to save your pet's life?

2. would it matter how old they were?

3. would you spend a month's salary to save your pet?

4. do you think some vets are out there to save the pet 2nd and to make money 1st?


ok ... those questions were asked about 4 years ago and I suspect the OP is long gone ... however ...

1. yes ... I would have to be able to afford the vet care ... I wouldn't go into debt ... I've done that when I was younger but I wouldn't go into debt now ...

2. I don't know ... a puppy would have more years ahead of it ... but I'd be more attached to the older dog ...

3. I have been known to spend that kind of money on a pet in the past ... but I think I wouldn't do that now ... I spent almost $2,000 in vet bills the first year I had my current pest, the real Miss Molly Maude ... she was a royal pain! I wouldn't have gotten her in the first place if I hadn't been willing to pay her medical bills!

4. no ... I want to think that most vets are there to SAVE THE PET FIRST and foremost ... I've known some vets who have gone ahead and saved the pet's life, even when the owner said to put them down ... then gave the pet to a new family ... I knew one vet who cared for all the wild animals at a small local zoo ... and never charged anything at all!

... ya gotta love people like that ...
 MondoVman
Joined: 4/26/2009
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Posted: 3/18/2012 2:02:36 AM
I would gladly spend up to $10 US each to lobotomize every forumite who DOES NOT
1) follow every comma with a space, or
2) end every sentence with a single period only and not the double or more numerous, "look at me", contemptuous tripe style periods, or
3) follow every sentence with 1 or 2 spaces, or
4) capitalize every sentence.
If we're going to insist on perfection toward all pets, should we not demand all forumites employ what they were taught from the third grade on? Especially those who regale us with how "humanely" (sic) they treat their own?
 IronBelle
Joined: 3/13/2012
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Posted: 3/18/2012 2:12:30 AM
I would rather spend 20K on my dog than meet another liar off here.....: )
 BLoNde__ANgeL
Joined: 9/20/2011
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Posted: 3/18/2012 7:56:06 AM
Almost 12 years ago I spent about 2K for liver surgery for my young Kitty Brownie. He was worth every cent. At the time I was broke, but I HAD MASTERCARD.

To each his own, as long as there is no animal abuse or neglect. Only responsible people should be allowed to adopt animals, there should be no more puppy mills & the US should be a no-kill nation.

I would love, love, love to see Bill Bruce come from Calgary to NYC to work @ the NYC ACC to turn it around in about 1 years time. It would be a huge humanitarian act & he would deserve the $200,000 salary that the currently evil incompetent Julie Banks gets.
 judydentures
Joined: 2/27/2012
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Posted: 3/18/2012 4:40:34 PM
At one time I had a pet that I loved a lot, BUT....
now I look at people who are pet gaga and think they're just a bit nuts.
Let me elaborate. My last GF was from Africa. I was with her for many years, and began to look at pets through her eyes. She was always astonished at the way we treat our pets. In her country, the people don't have enough food, so from her perspective it's absolutely crazy to dote on animals.
I now look at the issue from that perspective, that there are billions of people on this earth who don't have food and medical care, while our pets are treated like kings. You have to admit that it's kind of weird.
So....if you ask me if you should spend 5 grand on your dog's surgery, I'll tell you just to get a new dog.
Let the hate begin!
 MondoVman
Joined: 4/26/2009
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Posted: 3/18/2012 7:02:23 PM
^^^You suck at giving pet advise. It is NONE of your business as to other people's decisions about their pets. Do you also suck at giving advise on other subjects as well and all because you never learned the complete sufficiency of just being thoroughly honest about YOUR experiences?

The actual truth is always completely sufficient AND will set you free. Try it some time.
 Molly Maude
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Posted: 3/18/2012 7:55:46 PM
I used to chat in an MSN chat site ... there was an "ignore" button ... you just highlighted the person whose insipid rambling you were sick of listening to and press the "ignore" button ... shrug ... pity ...

on topic ... I sometimes also wonder at our priorities when I see signs that there are CHILDREN starving ... homeless people who could use our help ... and yet we continue to spend excessive amounts of money on our pets ... there's an ad about starving and abused animals that just sickens me ... I'd rather spend my disposable income on hungry or abandoned children ... (and I do) ...

but then I give myself a shake and realize we're all different ... we're all coming from different backgrounds, different places and I have no right criticizing others for their choices ... we do what makes us feel good ...

(here's where we break into song and dance ... "let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!") ...

 MondoVman
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Posted: 3/18/2012 10:28:35 PM
^^^What in the world does your post state other than contempt for how others spend money on their pets, when the topic ONLY asks YOU quote is there a limit that YOU would spend end quote?

...we continue to spend excessive amounts on our pets ...
[followed later by] I have no right criticizing others for their choices ...

Wow. Do you even have a pet, but can't find any words to answer the topic?
Regardless your answer, again, what business other than none do you have criticizing others' spending?
Do you think you only partially failed to understand my previous post critical of another's post?

Can't promise you'll understand any further explanation, but if you don't understand any of the above questions, feel free to ask for clarification or describe your confusion.
 FrancoisVillon
Joined: 12/8/2011
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Posted: 3/19/2012 4:05:02 PM
I have 2 dogs and one cat, I spend few $2000 when they are in need to see the vet.And do it again if I have to. If people are starving and need better unsurance , do like one OP mentioned, like most civilized countries do, and have an health care worth some thing. As fare as how much I spend, it is my money, my dogs, and my cat. No need to be rude , because frankly I have no problem shooting and SOB, but can't kill a dogs, or cat. And if some of y'all have a problem with what I do with my money, you need to start to learn how to respect other people opinion, and mind you own business for change like it or not.
If you don't like to see kids starving fine, then pass a law to castrated the one who make them, and the one who have them. You can drive a car unless you are able to, don't have kids if you can't take care of them, that simple.
 junipermoon
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Posted: 3/20/2012 5:33:18 AM
i recently lost my 12-year-old maine coon. he had a tumor in his sinus cavity, and to treat it would have caused more stress to him than it would have helped him. so i just let him go until it became obvious that he didn't enjoy his life any longer. he never really suffered, thank goodness. for the last 2 days of his life, he couldn't eat much. but he still wanted to play, cuddle watch birds and do all the stuff he loved to do. i watched him carefully to make certain that he didn't have any discomfort.

so, it's been over 2 months since he passed. i've never gone this long without roommates/pets/family or anyone else living with me. anyway, i'm getting a cat this weekend. this cat was a stray, taken in by an associate when the cat got shot in the jaw. the vets around here call him a 'medical miracle' because the jaw healed itself, and no one can figure out why. they left the bullet in there and he has no problems eating. he does have one major problem, however. he's fiv+. so he can't live with other cats. his caretakers spent a fortune on him, i'm sure. and they've offered to pay any medical expenses for him. so i have an ideal situation for him.

i would only spend a lot of money on an animal if i knew that the procedure or treatment would result in a quality of life the animal would enjoy. i see no reason to case an animal stress if it won't help the animal in the end.
 femaleconnection
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Posted: 3/20/2012 6:05:47 AM

Well, that's all sweet and nice and all, but not realistic. People come first, animals last.


Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. ALL animals are part of the earth's ecosystem. ALL animals are valuable.

What good is to to ONLY save people, if you allow all animals to die, people wont be able to survive here without animals. We all need each other to survive.

On topic...I would spend what I could afford, so long as I was assured my pet would have a good quality of life afterwards. I would not for instance, have tumours surgically removed, as I know enough to know, they always come back anyways, so all I would be doing is to buying extra time, at my pets suffering. I would arrange for my pet to be put down peacefully in that example. But, if I knew the surgery would remove pain so they could enjoy walking and they still had a few good years left, Id consider it for sure.

There are plenty examples of 'human beings' I would never spend a single penny to help out, as they bring on thier own problems, while our pets are innocent living beings that count on humans to make good choices, as they have no choices.
 daynadaze
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Posted: 3/20/2012 12:13:50 PM
It would depend on if I had the money, most vets won't do the work if you can't pay and not everyone has a credit card. It would depend on what the quality of life is for my pet and what the difference would be after surgery. I would not put the poor thing through more than it was worth to the pet. Sometimes ending the suffering is more important than my need to have my pet a while longer.
 lotustemple
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Posted: 3/20/2012 1:34:48 PM
I would love to understand the mindset of those who dismiss spending money on pets for the reason it should go to humans in need.

Is spending on T.V.'s also wrong because the money should go to human suffering or only the money spent on pets? What about cars and vacations? Are they O.K. or should that money go to a human need based charity too? Designer clothes? Why are you so covetous of that particular very small slice of the spending pie....money to keep pets healthy and fed? Surely there are more extravagant spendings that you could target?

Are these people jealous of the love that pets receive? What other explantion could there be?

I was on an obscure island in SE Asia feeding the starving dogs and cats in the street one day and got harshly criticized, by the locals for not feeding the hungry people instead. I said your attitude is precisely why i am feeding the animals. And i have donated money for your people.....supporting a birth control clinic.
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