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    How far are you willing to go for your dog?

    I and my partner discussed this issue before we had our minis. We decided that we would not spend more than $2000.00 for treatment. The reason behind this is that there are so many other dogs that are healthy and waiting to be saved. It has been 2.5 years since we got the minis and the second dog tzu and I thought about what we agreed on and felt quite conflicted as my love for dogs gets deeper.
    Boys (oh hates me calling them like this) are healthy and naturally they are not going to die soon, I am still thinking about how we will draw a line when a crucial time comes. For instance one of the boys had a serious illness which requires a transplant and this will cost at least $5000.00 and the dog will be on medication daily, what would you do? Have you ever thought about when you have to make a difficult decision? I just want honest opinions free from political correctness. Please share your thought with me. Thank you.
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    Kimba means the absolute world to me however I will admit that I worry about things like that all the time and even if I could find money like that. I don't have access to $2000+ at the drop of a hat. I'd try and sort out a payment plan at the vet if possible.

    I think Ultimately it would depend on what happened to her, her age and her quality of life after as well as what financial situation i was in.

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    For us it would depend on the quality of life after surgery or treatment.
    I have seen people put their pets through so much just to keep them for a bit longer. I would not have done what they have done.
    We would have to take in everything into account.
    Our adopted Kelpie cross had lymphoma, he was only 5 the vet tried to talk us into chemo. He may have lived 12 months longer but it meant he would have been on drip once a week for 3 or more hours. Humans have a crap time of it so I wasn't going to put him through that. We were told he would live 2 weeks without it. He lived for 3 months with management. He went down pretty quick after that then we gave him his wings.
    It's a good question and still crosses my mind from time to time.

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    Hi , I see this as a circumstancial issue, Can you afford it, Will the treatment prolong life at a good quaility or is it purly for a selfish reason being unable to let go. How long will they live after the treatment, What is the chances of the treatment being successful.

    Something I have also been thinking about lately becuase of us know having the 2 is Insurance policy on the dogs. This will help with medical cost should they arise.

    When Sasha Was alive and she lived for 18 1/2 years I spent a lot of money on her medical treatment and operations for cancer etc . Eventually came the time to decide if enough was enough and who was suffering and who was being self indulgent by keeping her alive.

    After speaking to our vet on the Friday we made a decison to take her home for the weekend and have her to say good bye then on the monday she went to sleep. It wasnt fair that we keep her in suffering just becasue we would be so upset to no longer have her. The worse part was having to tellthe kids and explain the reasoning behind whats was selfish and what was best for her wellbeing and dignity.

    Hope this helps
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    For me it's a quality of life issue rather than a financial issue... althou I don't have any spare cash my vet is pretty good and will always let me pay anything off... However having said that... my new pup Fonz now has insurance, for $10 per week he's covered for just about anything... including his vaccinations and registration...

    I couldnt tell you how much I've spent over the years but a few that quickly come to mind include... $3200 when Ravin ate a jar containing broken glass, didnt know who had done it and had to xray every dog once confirmed it was her she had surgery.... $1800 to repair a badly broken leg on a deaf pup who didnt hear the warning signs from a grumpy aunt... $2100 for Dooee's prostate operation... would have been cheaper to desex him at an early age (learnt valuable lesson then)... At one stage I was paying my vet weekly more than my house payments...lol...

    As long as the dog will continue to have good quality of life I don't care how much it would cost... but I also won't allow a dog to suffer..

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    Thank you everyone.

    Scorp I am really sorry for your recent loss. RIP Sasha.
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    We have spend $3500 on Boss when he ate rat bait.

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    We have insurance so hopefully we never have to decide how far we will/ can go.
    In saying that though I would still consider quality of life.
    I wouldnt put them through heaps of chemo just to extend their life by months.
    But then again I say that now but when it came down to it who knows how I would feel/ react.

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    My dogs mean everything to me and I always consider what is in their best interest when making decisions to do with their health and wellbeing. For example, bone cancer is very common in Rottweilers and a lot of people have limbs removed to try to save their dog. If I'm ever in this situation I wouldn't want to put the dog through the suffering involved with cancer treatment because they don't understand it. To me, a lot of what we do to our pets is based on human emotion, not what is best for the animal. On the other hand, if my dog needs $5,000 surgery for something that will give it a better life then I wouldn't hesitate.

    My last Border Collie had cancer and I chose to let her die naturally at home, she lasted 5 weeks after her diagnosis but at least she was at home, where she felt safe and happy, I couldn't stand the thought of any of my furkids spending weeks on end at a vet with strange people, especially when their life will end soon.

    If surgery was available to fix subaortic stenosis I would pay whatever was necessary to allow my little girl to have a normal, long life.

    It shouldn't be about money in my opinion, it should be about doing what is best for those who can't make the decision for themselves, sometimes that means making the hardest decision of all and having them PTS.
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    Well when I started this thread, I meant more than monetary means….
    A lot of members mentioned about Quality of Life in our dogs and QOL will be my first thing to consider for dogs as well. I feel though I am responsible as a person who loves dogs, for other dogs that are not fortunate as much as our dogs….then again what will be fair and square in this world, right? Well I will do my best to keep my dogs healthy and reasonable members in society (keep cleaning after my dogs’ poops!!!) and hopefully I won’t have to make difficult decisions. Thank you for members who share your thoughts again.
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