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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I agree Kala, bone cancer is one I would most likely also PTS, unless caught very early.......Amd I like you have insured my dogs.

    I believe it is important to go to the vet early...little lumps can either be nothing or if little and caught early be removed and sometimes have some added treatment and be OK.....

    Being vigilant is important..........

    On a totally different tack...HD can be very difficult to do anything with. Depending on the degree........I have a friend who has just had her newfie treated for HD with stemcells.....The dog is 8 and it seems to have some amazing effect. it cost $2000 in total and is not covered as yat by insurance, but she is very happy with the result
    Yes I have taken to giving my dogs a bit of a routine feel over from time to time, especially my older dogs.

    One of my working dogs has mild HD and I would be prepared down the track to do a total hip replacement if required, but the stem cell treatment could well be an option, probably to be explored first. Fortunately I insured him as a pup which does partially cover the surgical options. In my friends case which was some years ago now the surgery where they remove the head of the femur was the cheapest option for a small dog. Mind you her dog was very bad, severe HD.

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    Whats this stem cell stuff?

    barney hasnt had his xrays yet but it looks like he may have HD and we are thinking this could be a total hip replacement later (though it will depend on his age at the time as to whether we would want to) - but Id be interested to know about this stem cells stuff

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    Google stemcells and dogs....Monash vet Dr Ferguson is very good. But there are many more all over the place
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    I used to think it was ridiculous that my boyfriends sister spent 2k on her dog getting him well again when he got sick. I always told myself I'd never spend that much on a dog. Fast forward 3 years later and I have spent tripe that on my GSD pup. When he's in the vets I can't help but tell them to do whatever they have to do to get him better again.

    Someone on another forum I visit had spent over 140 thousand keeping her oldie horse alive and well.

    I am really lucky at the moment in that I have a fair amount of uncommitted income so I was able to pay it all without a payment plan. The nurse at the vet on my second visit noticed my surgery bill I forked out only 6 weeks earlier and told me on the side that I could get a payment plan if I rang their office, but that they weren't supposed to let people know. I thought it was lovely of her to let us know.

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    It is a really interesting thread this as not many people are aware you could ask for a payment plan and its interesting to hear peoples thoughts.


    I live on the Sunshine coast and havnt heard we can get payment plans although I havent been up for the really big bills as yet.

    I really do think it is terrible for people when they get a dog, form extremely strong bonds, he is a part of the family then WHACK, your loving companion needs a 2,000 operation or treatment and you dont have the momey. Some would suggest "if you cant afford the what if's, then dont get a dog"?

    That suggestion would see over half our population without a pet, children growing up without the exclusive friendship only a pet can provide? How many of us have really fond memories of our much loved bitza's that we got for xmas, or found wandering the streets and became our best friends.

    People/families get pets everyday, many dont even have a clue as to what the cost may be if something goes wrong, so I wander if the option of pts after exhausting all other avenues of cost friendly treatments and the animal is sufferring... is such a bad thing?
    While I insured my dogs for this very reason, i would still struggle with the biggie needed to be paid up front if the vet did not offer some kind of help, and even though I would struggle I wouldnt have it any other way.
    To suggest "dont get a dog if you cant afford it", would rule out most people in the end, because it costs a great deal today for everyday items like food/flea/tick/shampoos/bedding/fencing/worming etc....and then if the what if comes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    To suggest "dont get a dog if you cant afford it", would rule out most people in the end, because it costs a great deal today for everyday items like food/flea/tick/shampoos/bedding/fencing/worming etc....and then if the what if comes?
    That is something everyone should think through before purchasing a pet. The what if something big happens and can I provide at least a reasonable quality of life for my pet. My friend who had to euthanaise her dog with HD has never had another dog again, she said it was something that she didnt want to go through again. Too traumatic.

    I have also seen incidences where a person couldnt aford a cruciate repair and their dog lives with the constant everyday pain that comes from a cruciate injury. 5 years on the dog has severe arthritis and hobbles around, the owner cant bear to pts as dog is best friend. When I look at the dog I see the pain in its eyes and I personally think it is cruel.

    I think that if you cant afford something like this and choose to own a dog then you have to be prepared to make the tough decisions. I have seen dogs live with conditions that their owners cant afford to deal like flea allergies etc and in some cases it is not pretty. I guess one has to consider that a dog depends on you for a reasonable quality of life and to let a dog suffer is really not acceptable in my mind, regardless of what we as humans want.

    We need to at least be able to provide the basics. Then if the unthinkable happens options need to b explored and the tough calls may need to be made. This is what we need to be prepared for when taking on a pet.

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    Exactly Kalacreek!

    No one should get a dog if they cant afford the basics, but i dont think people should be ostracised for getting a dog, providing all the basics, then when faced with the biggie and not enough funds, choose PTS, rather than a life of pain and suffering.

    I have also seen dogs with in terrible condition fromflea allergies, heartworm etc, which are just a lack of basic care. Then as you say, the ones in obvious pain who need someone to make that decision and dont...that is cruel.
    I have heard it said, if you cant afford the biggie IF it comes, dont get a dog and thats just not right.
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    Lala- Animal Options at Ormeau are doing the stem cell treatments now.They are also an exceptional chiropratic vet clinic. I would 100% recommend seeing them with Barney. They may be able to work with you now to try and decrease the effects in his later life. (If he does have HD and if he doesnt they will be able to work out if there is anything else wrong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Lala- Animal Options at Ormeau are doing the stem cell treatments now.They are also an exceptional chiropratic vet clinic. I would 100% recommend seeing them with Barney. They may be able to work with you now to try and decrease the effects in his later life. (If he does have HD and if he doesnt they will be able to work out if there is anything else wrong).
    Thanks K&P, I will defintely look into that. Now that we are on two full time incomes (not just one) we should be getting his x-rays soon to confirm what it is and how severe and see what we may have to deal with.

    We are very lucky though as at the moment, he is not in any pain and has gone 100% back to his normal self. As the vet said, she thinks he has very mild HD and he just aggravates it occasionally, though that wont stop it from worsening as he gets older.

    Anyway, we should know in the next month or two what it is and how to deal.

    CavQLD, I 100% agree with your statements. I think if you can afford the basic care costs then that is the min requirement to having a dog. Not everyone can afford the huge what ifs, and I would hate to think of kids or even adults knowing the companionship of having a dog because they couldnt afford the big "what ifs".

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    One of my friends told me a story about how she met a kelpie in the vet clinic - the owners found abandoned on the Hay Plains, with gun shot wounds to its head - they took it to the vet - and $30,000 it's their pet and they adore it and they're still spending money on it. Go figure.

    There must be some really bad people out there on the Hay Plains to do that to a dog. I'm guessing it was crap at herding but they might have been crap at dog training.

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