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August 06, 2009


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If you can't afford pet insurance or big health expenses, don't get an animal.

My shar-pei "China" just had $1200~ in 30~ hours hospitalization this week! Fever, IV's, meds, DR's rounds, etc., she was "fine" prior but, illness struck Sun am. Still since: won't eat, lethargic, drinks and urinates and seems nausea as vomits often, eating grass, etc., fever is down (was over 105'F) but, reoccurs at lower levels w/ shivers, raspy breathing (common for her 'cept can't break through it this time...). She's resting as/where she desires but, also oesn't seem in serious pain/discomfort. However, I understand no appetite means the end may be near. She's had the SP "fever" all her life but, this time seems to have maybe meant at her age, 12 years/5 mos it might be over. I'm considering euthanizing in 2-3 days if no response to favorite foods (little interst so far) and medications...thoughts and prayers please...

Almost sounds like the dog knew what it was doing

Doesn't sound like an example of pets being expensive to me. Sounds like a case of stupidity (no offense to your neighbors) being expensive. If they'd left their child at home while they were on vacation and come home to find he had eaten a bottle of pills, would you have posted something about the potential costs of children? I'm guessing maybe not. =)

That said, I hope that they can come to a decision. I've been in a similar situation a couple times in the past, and neither choice is easy. No matter to choice you make, they are both very difficult. My thoughts are with them.

It's a dog. Old Yeller him. Donate 400 bucks a day to a food bank.

What happened to the dog's other three legs??

We learnt this lesson a few years back with one of our cats. Thankful for the reminder however :)

It's tough to have to choose between your pet and your finances... a dog this old was most likely with the family for many years so they are probably too attached just to put it down unless he is suffering. Another good example why pet insurance is a good idea ;)

Pet insurance is a bit of a rip. You're probably better off to set aside money each month toward the inevitable gigantic vet bills, which sooner or later come to all humans who take in pets.

BTW, a dog is not a child. The implied comparison in the suggestion that after all, one would never complain about the cost of medical care for a child that consumed a bottle of meds fails on that account. However, no question that your neighbor is paying some dumb tax. Seems to be paying compound interest on the dumb tax by keeping a dying dog alive to the tune of $400 a day.

One of the ways we are able to show greater kindness to our pets than we do to our fellow humans is that we do not have to force them to suffer the tortures of the damned as their lives wind to an end. Nor should we...

I love animals...we have two dogs of our own (Dachshund mutt and a Pug). I just paid $600 in vet bills to have a general checkup, two growths looked at, one removed, a dental cleaning, and 5 teeth extractions on the 6 year old Pug we rescued this year.

That said, I would have an older dog that is on dialysis put down. The emotional and financial costs outweigh the benefits...especially for the poor dog.

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