Expensive Dog Surgery Worth It, Say People Who Have Paid For Expensive Dog Surgery, Ridiculous, Say People Who Opted Not To Pay For Expensive Dog Surgery


Treatment costs disclosed in this article about advances in veterinary medicine:
$25,000: Lymphoma treatment for a Chow
$10,000: Three courses of radiation and other treatments on an inoperable brain tumor for a Maltese-poodle mix

How Nicole Cliffe decided whether or not to get brain surgery for her dog, Denali:
“My husband and I sat around, and tried to figure out what we would want, if we were Denali, and we decided we’d want more time, and we did the surgery. We could afford it, we did it, he lived, we’ve always been very happy we did it.”

How my family dealt with getting a doggy cardiologist and five million medications for our aging pooch:
With a promise that we’d never do it, and then with a Visa handed to the receptionist many, many times (for the points, my parents had the money).

How my family dealt with, on my dog’s last night, after looking at scans of a huge heart wrecked by heart disease, the suggestion by the vet that, at this point, a heart transplant was the only option for our 14-year-old dog:
Bwahahahaha we needed that comic relief, thank you, also, are you on crack (and then we put our old girl down and cried for days).




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sovereignann (#197)

I had the last one happen with a 17 year old cat by a vet tech. Then the vet himself came in and was like, “I would put her down. Just think of it as a final gift to your best friend. You have had a long time together and you can end her suffering.” That really helped because I think sometimes the vet looks at you askance when your decision is “I can’t afford 15K surgery for an elderly pet”, which has also happened to me. The pressure to spend the money is incredible, especially when you don’t have kids or other family around and the pet is your main companion.

Ooey (#222)

I “love” my two cats, but also know that they would conspire to kill and eat me if we were stranded on a desert island together. But would I do the same? Good question . . .

The age and quality of life stuff is key. At this point (he’s almost 15), we wouldn’t do it. I mean, I certainly hope we wouldn’t, but I also hope it never comes up. Once your dog is 15, you just hope that you’ll wake up one morning and he won’t. In, you know, another four years.

@Nicole Cliffe@facebook annnnnnnd i misspelled your name. FIXED.

Man, and I thought shelling out $1000 for bladder stone surgery for my pup last month was rough. As has been said, age and quality of life certainly would affect my decision, but till Sassy’s an old fart I would probably shell out any amount of money to keep her with me.

megadith (#273)

In grad school I took in a 1-year-old cat who was weaning kittens (!) and a couple of months later she needed $700 ear surgery. And UGH of course I did it (probably because of that cat-mind-control virus). She was young, the vet said she would be completely fine afterward, and it would clear up the problem for good. It’s been about 4 years and she is a joy, if a little ungrateful for my sacrifice.

ok so looks like my male German Sheppard 6 year old may have stones, I’ve already spend $300.00 on x-rays, blood test and urine test, and now they are going to put him on 1 week of meds that will cost another $125.00, then doctors says we may need an ultrasound, then after all, he may still need to have surgery to remove the stones in his bladder. I can’t afford another $1,000.00! Does anyone know of a cheap clinic that will do it for less?

margegunderson (#3,525)

Am I a jerk? My first reaction to seeing the amount people pay for their animals’ health care is to think of all of the people in our country who can’t pay for their own human health care.

Not that it’s wrong to get your cat a heart transplant, or whatever, but it’s shocking to think that in our super rich country, some animals are treated better than people.

squishycat (#3,000)

@margegunderson Yeah, but it’s not like the money that is being spent on pet care has a good route to take towards providing human health care – there are some funds and charities that help provide for treatments, and clinics you can donate to that provide basic health care, but the health system in the US is so fucked that people having the private funds to spend on medical care for their pets isn’t exactly a reflection of fucked-up priorities, because I don’t think anyone who spent that money on pet care wouldn’t also spend it on human care (which costs shittons more because we’ve created a system where instead of spreading out the costs in any balanced sort of fashion, we’ve created all sorts of bizarre tiers and inflated the hell out of prices). It’s not like there is Medicare for cats. (Also, poorer people have pets, too, and their pets don’t get that kind of money spent on them, but their vets are a hell of a lot more likely than their hospital to work out a reasonable payment plan with them.)

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