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Old 06-04-2018, 05:08 AM
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Boy, I've heard it all different ways to where it really hurt my heart to hear it from some people....but my wife and I are avid animal lovers that's all we have at home with our daughter grown and gone our pets mean everything to us. Our beloved yorkie boy whos 11 1/2 years old had a neurological injury last Friday. Within an hour of acting strange with a bit of wobble to his step he was completely paralyzed. I panicked, it was after 5pm so I rushed off the the closest emergency center, 8 hours later they have an idea but not a firm diagnostic Vet says he needs an MRI right away and they don't have the equipment......so they suggest several places, I call and try to explain I need a neurologist specialist and a MRI right away...one place says sure we have a lady on call bring him right away...well 5 hours later in the 2ed facility Im told their neurologist won't be in till Wednesday and I need to get him an MRI right away....I'm getting pissed, my buddy isn't moving and I'm out nearly 2K and he still hasn't had an MRI....The second vet goes through the spill of this is going to be expensive to follow through with....I had my mind made up to begin with Im going to do everything medically I can for him....well we located another facility, with one of the best in the country in neurology, I called and the front desk told me the Doc comes in Sunday morning to check on the animals around 6:45 and he'll leave ..but I could make an appointment for Wednesday... I did and went home and held my 4 legged best friend all night...prayed and cried... yep big boy cried....made up my mind I couldn't wait, drove back up and waited for Dr Bergman to do his rounds and plead my case...with in 30 minutes he had his MRI and Dr. had started surgery after a 5K deposit. Im happy to say my best friend is going to be ok and will hopefully gain back all his mobility...
Now, I'm no rich man, I had a neighbor said just put him down ...I wouldn't spend that kind of money..and a few other friends and family said the same...I know some would not be able to afford the treatment...I have saved to fish an upcoming tournament next week and had the funds, still going to fish next week but my heart hurts to see him the way he is and was....I had to do what my heart was telling me to do and I'm so glad I did ....I feel good today....
What would you have done, do you get a pet to provide you with love and happiness and at his moment of need surrender his life? Or do you stand by and give him unconditional love and support in every means possible? Yea I'm probably going the be into it 7-10K maybe...but I slept good last night after being up all weekend and finally knowing my best friend is going to recover and come home and be the same loving companion he was a week ago ...if only for another year or so...

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Who cares what anyone else thinks. It's your money and your beloved pet.
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after spending over 13k on our last pet we got pet insurance. Saved us 3k already on the new guy....
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I am glad to hear your little buddy is doing fine.

To each their own...

I have had dogs, squirrels, raccoons, parrots at various points most of my life. All of my family own dogs. Needless to say we are animal/dog lovers. I would not have gone as far as you did, which isn't meant to be critical of your decisions.


Glad it worked out for you and your friend.
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No need for our opinion, your opinion is the only one that matters.

But since you asked, I have 4 dogs (dachshunds), love them all and they can be more hassle on certain days to do things than I would like but they are ours. 2 are 12 and the other 2 are 6. The oldest female is now blind and partially deaf but lives a normal life. The older male just two weeks ago has started to show signs of disk disease with wobbly rear legs and walks now instead or runs anywhere and it will only get worse as time goes on, he also has had seizures since a pup. For now as long as he is able to walk and happy with his day to day I see no reason to put him down, but at some point when he does go paralyzed we will. I am not looking forward to the day I have to put my dogs down in the least, but there comes a time when I can't keep them here for my own selfish needs. Thats just my situation and view on my dogs, your does seem different.
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my wife threatens to bring our 2 to the pound on a daily basis but Im willing to bet we would be in the same boat.
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Glad to hear your pal is doing better.
Money is for spending on the things you choose...
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We have 5 cats. They give you unconditional love, are there to comfort us when we are down or sick and there to play and make us laugh. We look forward to coming home to them every day. They even sleep with us. I get what you’re saying. We have a beautiful white cat who weighs 15#, is deaf and another cat clawed her in the back of her eye. The vet said he needed to take the eye out and just stitch it up. I told him no. Brought her home, prayed on her all the through the night. Long story short, God healed her eye. We spend about 1000.00 annually on these cats but they are worth it.
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Yea I'm probably going the be into it 7-10K maybe...but I slept good last night after being up all weekend and finally knowing my best friend is going to recover and come home and be the same loving companion he was a week ago ...if only for another year or so...
Have spent more than that, knowing it was not a solution, but just prolonging the inevitable putting dogs through chemotherapy. Weekly $300 treatments for a year, but it was well worth it, at least to us.
Everybody spends their money differently, don't waste time on what others think. Hopefully your buddy is back to his old self soon.
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You did the right thing. We just finally had to put one our cats down a few months ago. He was easily worth about $8K at that point. If nothing else, you reach a point where they're just worth too much to throw away. We have another one that is well on his way to the same value. Good luck!
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Money isn't everything. sometimes you need to ask if you are making them suffer because you love them and don't want them to go.
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For me it depends on the dog. I think every dog owner has has dogs that are "special" and dogs that are just good dogs. For my old golden (he's gone now) I would do what it takes. I have not felt that way about every dog I've had. Luckily I haven't been tested yet.
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Who cares what anyone else thinks. It's your money and your beloved pet.
Exactly right. We spend much more than that on our little girl and would do it again in a heart beat. So glad you had a good outcome. Look at that little face. How could you not love that.
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For me, if there's a chance they can live a somewhat normal, comfortable life after spending the money it's worth the risk.

Bottom line, do what you think it right and who cares about everyone else. I would have done the exact same thing. Happy to hear he's doing better!
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When my girl tore her ACL at 6 months I was crying like a baby just like you cause the vet said she will have a gait/limp for the rest of her life... this was after dropping 2 grand. I have pet insurance now but I can't imagine what you went through. My older lab was 13 and had a stroke in the middle of the night and lost motor function in the back legs. We rushed to the vet and put him down. Cried then too.
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Not judging you, but no way would I have done that. Also one of the reasons I have zero pets right now, because I don't want to have to make that decision.
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One of our dogs has pulmonary hypertension and on 5 meds. The dog cardiologist and meds cost a bunch of coin to relieve the condition and prolong the inevitable, but we've agreed to do this.
Do what you have to do to keep your 4 legged buddies around.
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I would spend every dime I have to keep my buddy alive and well, he's family. He ate a toy last week and cost me 1k. Wouldn't have mattered how much it costs I couldn't bear to see him in pain.

On another note, what pet insurance are you guys using?
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after losing my furry son last week I am a little biased in my thinking. I was willing to spend whatever it took to get him better. it didn't work. I didn't question the cost of any procedure and actually told the Dr that had it been a blood family member that needed treatments I would ask the cost; with Samuel cost didn't matter. I would do it again. it's your money and if you didn't have to skip a meal or lose your house then more power to you.
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I used to say no way.

recently my 6 year old boxer developed megaesophagus which could or could not have been caused by an underlying neurological disorder. We did everything we could to save her, ultimately she developed aspiration pneumonia and we had to put her down. I’ve never had to put down my own dog before and a month later I still wish I could’ve done more. With that said if you have the means to care for your pet without financially neglecting your family or other basic responsibilities- it’s only money, life is short.
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