|03-29-2014 01:59 AM|
Exactly... I did not word it correctly in my OP, it wasn't about the potentially $350-400 skin/coat issue that could potentially be a much more serious underlying medical issue. I was peeved that she refused all vet care at all, and was complaining about a $300 after hours emergency vet visit she had to do with a different dog 4 years ago that it took her a couple months to pay off. Most after hours emergency vet visits where I am run quickly into a thousand dollars or more.
So... she's gotten lucky and has done the right things for her dog so far, and I do applaud her on that. But there does come a time where it's not quite enough. And either she'll have to do the "cheap" way of putting the dog down herself, or go with the "costly" way of taking the dog to a vet for treatment. She said she plans on taking the dog to the vet... but only if it's not going to cost much money, because it's not in the budget.
I dunno... maybe I'm just an elitist brat. I'll own up to that if that's what this is. There's love an attention, but at the same time, if someone takes a living creature into their home, they need to be able to care for that animal. And if an animal needs medical attention or a bullet, that needs to be done, and if you can't afford that or own up to doing it yourself by doing what is best not just for you, but for the animal at hand (for example, if your dog gets a major cut and it needs to be sutured closed, you can't just sew it up using cotton thread, it needs to be properly sterilized and sutured in a way that will not cause more damage), either do the ****ty thing and dump the animal on a shelter for them to deal with, or don't have it to begin with.
|03-29-2014 01:48 AM|
|03-29-2014 12:07 AM|
I would be driving to my vet's home. And, yes, I know where she lives.
I would be on the phone to my family and having them give CC numbers over the phone.
I would have tried something. It is possible that the dog would have died anyway. It is possible that they could have gone in and not been able to save the dog.
It is just awful. A spay is a typical surgery and elective, that you wouldn't ever expect that you would need an emergency number. But any time they cut on a dog, there can be complications.
It is just sad all around.
|03-29-2014 12:06 AM|
I can afford basic vet care but in an unforseen emergency (when its starts getting in the $1000s) I simply can't afford it. But luckily I have a very supporting family that would and has stepped up to help in the case of an emergency. There was one emergency that left me absolutely hysterical and I called my grandmother not knowing what to do. She was at the vet waiting before I even got there. By myself, I probably shouldn't own a dog because if something catastrophic were to happen I would be helpless to save my dog but luckily (and I thank God everyday!) I don't know what it is to be alone without support. But my family knows what my dogs mean to me (After I lost my ABPT when I was extremely young, my christmas list consisted of one thing every year, A DOG!!!! No toys, no clothes, no new "technology", nothing but a dog. I can't live my life without one! And I will spend every last penny I have on them).
But then I think of all the dogs waiting to be adopted or euthanized in shelters and I think of how much joy they can have if adopted even by someone who doesn't have the financial capabilities to afford vet bills in a true emergency. They will have food, shelter, and most importantly love for however long their journey is destined to last on earth.
|03-28-2014 11:42 PM|
I never, ever would have left my dog if she was bleeding out. I'd be selling my soul or my firstborn!
Truthfully, the person this happened to, in hindsight, knew she didn't do her research when she picked the vet to do the procedure. Also admitted having an emergency fund is so very important. It is sad that her dog had to pay the price.
|03-28-2014 11:38 PM|
that's a horror story.
they probably were already drained from the spay.
Not everyone has $1700 available on hand like that. How sad.
|03-28-2014 11:35 PM|
Also, it's not a matter of having lots of money, but like was said, be smart. With or without credit. To know what to do in a worst case scenario and what you can/can't afford and do what is best for your animals in your situation. What is best for one person isn't necessarily best for someone else... But the dog should not be left in pain bc someone "can't afford" proper care. THAT is what is my pet peeve, not someone who can't shell out $500 on testing bc of a dull coat. ;$
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|03-28-2014 11:31 PM|
This tragedy happened last weekend in my city. It could have possibly been prevented with an emergency fund. But the vets were clearly negligent and failed the dog not once but twice.
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|03-28-2014 11:31 PM|
And this dog had more than just a dull coat. If on any diet but raw she would be covered in oozing sores and losing hair all over the place, for four months of this, and according to this person, this dog has never been to a vet, and never will if she could help it.
So, it's not really about the bloodwork, bc if she can manage it with a raw diet and extra fat, then I'm happy for her.... But it's that she would never go to a vet and says $35 for shots and checkup is a ridiculous price to pay.
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|03-28-2014 11:13 PM|
I don't have a credit card, and I will NEVER have a credit card. Not for anything.
You don't have to have gobs of money to be able to own a pet. You just have to be smart, attentive and and good at money budgeting.
Currently we are broke, we aren't so broke I can't buy food for us or the pets, but I couldn't shell out a 500 dollar vet bill right now. At least not all at once.
That's why I made it a point to find a vet that would take payments and night time calls for emergencies.
Not to mention, for some things, if you have the know how you can do some things at home.
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