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Greedy Vets

Get a life ppl. Vets charge a lot bc they give the best care out there with little to no wait times. They spend thousands of dollars and give up years of their lifes to train to treat animals ailments. Of course they should get pain a lot! Whats wrong with wanting a nice car after giving up 10 yrs of your life to school? lol..ppl want nice homes and cars if they work construction or at a coffee shop...why is it suddenly "wrong" just bc you take care of animals? If you dont like the price, go to school and learn to do it yourself!
—Guest Dane

Cost over putting down

For all you ppl who judge those who can't afford to pay thousands of dollars for treatment that may or may not save their pets life..SHAME ON YOU! Not all ppl have money to throw around. You don't know the circumstances involved. Maybe a car broke down and you need it for work. Maybe someone lost a job... if a pet is sick and you cant afford treatment putting them down is an option. Its sad and it doesnt mean they dont love their pet..it means they arent rich! I love my pets but if its a toss up between my childrens healthcare and my pets...my kids win. If my cat got sick and I needed 5000 to fix her...well my cat would be put down bc I dont have it. Life isnt perfect and if you have money to spend like that, maybe you should pay for those ppl who cant afford surgery for their cats rather than complain and be rude.
—Guest Kelly

Putting pets to sleep

You think putting pets to sleep is ok since there are other animals in the pounds? And you say they don't understand like a human does. You are an idiot for saying they don't understand like a human does. I just had to put my 19 year old cat to sleep. I was lucky enough to be able to pay the $10,000.00 it cost to keep her comfortable and with me for another year. The time came and I knew no amount of money would help her get well and I knew she had to be put to sleep. But never did the thought ever cross my mind that what do they know they aren't like humans. It was worth everything to keep her comfortable and with me for another year.
—Guest Wish I still had my cat

cat Mom

My cat was hit by a car last week and the vet wanted $3500 with no guarentee. I had to put her to sleep. My friend comitted suicide 2days later no money could save her. Hold on to what you can, lifes too short. Charlie
—Guest Charlie

Yes

I probably could Have saved my cat last night if I had the money. Which probably would have been $300-$400 just to start with. 24 hours later had to put him down for viral pneumonia, could barely even afford the $50 to put him down.
—artar

Have you had to put a cat to sleep

I just came back from the Animal Hospital an hour, and a half ago. Today 8/17/11 I had to put my Baby to sleep as he succumbed to CRF. God Bless him he lived 19 years as I got him as a stray in June of 92, and went through all the protocols to bring him to date with shots, neutered, etc. He stayed an indoor cat after I took him in, and he went outside daily on a leash while being watched(for neighborhood loose dogs, etc.) Althogh the Hospital staff said that he could go on drips/IV drips/ Sub Cutaneous flows, and other treatments, given his age, and how bad the disease left him physically the Vet told me that it would have not been too succesful, The treatments would cost over $2,500.00 as it required a 3 day monitored stay in the hospital, plus the Vet told me that there was an 90% chance that the treatment would not help at the current stage he was in. She agreed, and so did Mom, and I that we had to say good bye to our special Baby. Very, very hard to do, and I am still crying. Jim
—Guest James

cat

my poor cat butter has cancer and there was no ex ray taken i just do not want to put him to sleepun les iam absolutly sure
—warren244

$$ is more important than care

I just spent $365 for some blood tests and xrays for my darling siamese Dusty. He is severely jaundiced. His ALT level is over 2000...the vet wanted $944 to have him spend the nite on i.v. in his office....THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS HIGHWAY ROBBERY. No normal working person could possibly afford to pay this kind of money. I have my baby at home and doing the only thing I can which is force feeding him and giving him water every two hours. I can only pray this reverses whatever has caused his jaundice and his liver starts doing what it is suppose to do again. After spending this amt I am hard pressed to even be able to afford to put him down. I hate the way things are in this world today about the greed and being in a care giving position and wanting to live like a king on my hard earned buck...this vet spent 10 min with my cat and did nothing but draw blood. What a jerk--he is in emergency clinic in Woolmarket MS.
—Guest Heartbroken

Yes

My cat got put down today because she had saddle thrombus and the treatment was way to expensive and my parents couldn't pay for the bill and I was just heartbroken. I can't blame them because they've already worked so hard but I'd know that if it was my life or my sister or brother's life on the line, they wouldn't hesitate for a second which upsets me. But I suppose that saving lives don't come cheap.
—Guest Vivien

still sad

This is a very hard subject. There are a lot of insensitive people. I love my pets and they are like my kids. Putting a cat to sleep is a hard, emotional decision. We just put our cat down after he was hit by a car and orthopedic surgery for him just wasn't a financial option. Yes there were other options removal of the limb one vet suggested putting him in a kennel for a month and hoping it heals fine and even if he can't use it is better to have him alive then dead-his words not mine). We believe in quality of life and for our cat and his personality we made the decision to put him down. I've had family tell me after they hear that he was put down that "You shouldn't have any more animals". And people tell me that is why all cats should be kept indoors which I do not agree with (cats are wild animals and every cat is different). Yes we need and should treat our animals and be humane and loving to them but you need to be humane to people too. We are learning to cope with his loss stil
—Guest cali8

i need to have my cat put down

I can't afford to take him to be checked so I need to have him put down. I feel horrible!
—Guest Dana

Lost

I cant believe anyone would have their pet put to sleep due to money especially if the cost could save their animals life. I had to put my 14 year old cat to sleep 2 days ago due to liver problems that had progressed to a stage where nothing could be done, he was no longer like that cat I loved and he was suffering. It was the hardest thing I had to do and feel lost without him and feel a massive amount of guilt for having to do that to my baby and would never have done that if it was not in his best interest. I could not imagine doing that due to money costs. He was like a member of my family and I would have done anything to save my cat. Why have animals if you can not afford to provide for there needs or have pet insurance to cover the costs.
—Guest Sarah

You Must Face Realities

I think veterinarians have a chip on their shoulders. They feel the need to practice "medicine" beyond just stitching up wounds and giving vaccines. Plus, veterinary schools are nearly as expensive as med schools and I think lots of vets feel the need to recoup their investment in the form of questionable treatments. When faced with a terminal illness or any other grave situation, always ask "What is the final outcome?" Will the treatment save the life of the pet? If there is a decent chance that it will not, don't put your animal through the pain of questionable surgeries, radiation, chemo, feeding tubes and ineffective drugs just to delay your sorrow. And if you have no money to treat a non-terminal illness, take comfort in knowing that your animal very well may have ended up euthanized or another animal not saved in its place if you hadn't taken him in. Life is not perfect. We must do what we best can given what we have. Just give them lots of love while you can.
—Guest Amanda

love of my life

I worked in many areas of the animal field, I also assist with human cancer patients. I hold in my heart the quality of life, not quantity should be considered when faced with such an emotional decision. A year after my husband passed away my dog was diagnosed with cancer. My vet helped me keep her comfortable. When the time came that I could not afford the treatment and food any more, he payed for the medication himself. After another month of watching her loose who she was, I chose to put her down. The vet had gone out of his way to help my family during a very hard time. I will always be grateful for his compassion.
—nilesdavis

What's more valuable than life?

For 4 years, I took care of my beloved Picasso through CRF and other issues. I have a wonderful and caring vet, and I appreciate everything she did for me. Never once did I ever think that her bill was too expensive--I was buying life, and more precious time with my special girl. Now that she is gone, I cherish every minute of that time, and I never, ever feel like I didn't do enough for her. Although sometimes my heart hurts and makes me think I should have kept her longer, when I finally decided it was time, she really WAS suffering and there wasn't anything more we could do. But what I did do is give her every single good day she could have possibly had. I have zero regrets, ever, about that and I would do it all over again for just one more good day with her. Without charging for their services, vets wouldn't be able to provide the quality care for our pets :).
—Guest Melanie McCain

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