Cost Vs. Death
- I am currently in a position where I may need to put my cat of 14 years down due to the high cost of vet bills. I have almost spent $4000 and he still isn't well. He has a terminal condition but with $300/month meds he gets along okay. The problem is I cannot afford the monthly bill, that doesn't include the quarterly $750 checkup I am charged. What bothers me is that the vet knows that I am having financial issues with this and when I did just finally decide to put my cat down, they all of a sudden have a solution- they MAY be able to get cheaper meds for me. This really bothers me that they seem to be trying to suck all my finances even though they know I am having difficulty and I am now in debt, but they knew of a cheaper solution and never told me. This makes me wonder if they are just basically trying to keep my cat alive to squeeze as much money out of me as they can. I love my cat and have spent all my savings to keep him comfortable until he passes.
- —Guest Amy and Dodi
- You, Mr. Sunshine were my first baby and mommy loves you so much, words aren't enough! I watch you come into this world and now I'm watching you leave this earth. You have slept with me everynight and I will miss that the most! I can't stand to see you in so much pain so I'm gonna help you to sleep and feel better. Cring as I write this I still don't think I'm making the right choice! I can't replace you nor do I want to! Mommy will always love you and there won't be a day that I don't think about you!!! For you, Sunshine Boo Evans, you are my world, my life and the air I breath! My heaven and may God take you in their arms and love you the way I do. For this is not goodbye, but I'll see you soon baby!
- —Guest Lizzy
Sometimes it's best to.
- When my first girl, Missy, was 18, I waited too long to allow the vet to put her out of her pain. I was selfish and made her to suffer needlessly for almost three months after I should have had the courage to let her go. This year our Frei died. We were debating if we should take him to the vet to make his passing easier when he died during the night. We miss them both, as we miss all the lovelies that have shared our lives so far. We have a wonderful vet nearby, very compassionate and understanding. But it should be a question of quality of life; not a question of is it possible to do something. Yes we miss them. Yes, they are our children substitutes and should be treated with respect and cared for. But the question should be not how can we prolong their lives but should we prolong their lives. Ask are we being selfish? What is best for our companions? Better to be put to sleep in our arms with compassion, being petted and loved, then to die in pain, alone, and confused
- —Guest CMGF
The Right Thing
- I understand all the points on the "it's just an animal" versus "it's a family member". Last weekend we had to have one of our 4 cats euthanized when he began to suffer from kidney failure. Could we have paid the 1300 dollars for IV and stays? Was having him euthanized indicating that he wasn't worth it? Absolutely not. But at what point are we as 'parents' in denial? To those that say "it's part of what to expect when adopting" I will add only this- I didn't adopt my 5 pets- they adopted ME! I picked them up from busy roads or they came to my home in the night seeking shelter and food. I love each of them dearly and give them the BEST life. By euthanizing my boy before his suffering became more unbearable, I allow myself the opportunity to take in another animal at another time and afford to give them the absolute best for all the days of their lives. I miss our guy SO much, but I have no regrets over letting him die peacefully.
- —Guest Jenna
- what on earth happened to the day when vets cared more about your pet than money? believe it or not...there was a time when vets did their work for the sake of the animals. call me weak and/or naive, but i just don't understand how these vets can offer you an expensive surgery/procedure or death. it's almost a criminal act - give me your money or your pet, your baby, your family member dies! it's a definite sign of the times and not a good one. i've searched my local area for a vet that puts animals first, but i can't find one. i will keep looking.
- —Guest gigi of salisbury nc
- I'm having to make a difficult decision about my cat and a $2,000 surgery. The more I read on the internet, the more I realize how insensitive people are. Pet owners reaching out for advice and help from others and there is always that "you shouldn't own a cat if you can't afford emergencies." I disagree. Most pets don't require major surgeries, and (as others have pointed out) if you had to have an extra couple grand in the bank in order to own an animal, how do you think animal shelters would be operate with such an excess of animals? Please, think before you speak! Anyone who is taking the time to write, obviously cares for their animal and is suffering while trying to make a decision. Everyone's situation is different. People have to weigh what's right for them, their family, and the pet.
Cat had crystals
- Third time with crystals got him surgery for a growth over a year ago woke up this morning and he was blocked could not afford the $1000to get unblocked and possible surgery again abother $900 he was only 4 why why why i miss you so much not fair someone needed to help!
- —Guest Ljs owner
Times have changed
- So many more treatment options than 30 years ago when I had my first cat, but that means tough choices. Not everyone can, or feels they should, afford expensive treatments for pets. It wasn't that long ago when we didn't have the choice to give these treatments because they didn't exist. Now we do, and so we have to choose as best we can, and money is a factor for most of us. So is quality of life: ours, our family's, our pets'. Those who say nobody should adopt a pet unless they're willing to do whatever it takes-- have you thought that this would mean *more* euthanasia, because only people who can afford whatever treatment turns out to be necessary would adopt pets. There are already more puppies and kittens and abandoned dogs and cats than can be adopted. If you make the criteria for pet ownership that high, even fewer will find homes, even more will be euthanized. Meanwhile, those of us who can't or don't feel right about treating animals as if they were human, when it comes to health care, are able to give some of these cats and dogs good lives for many years--maybe not as many as you think we should, but more than they would have had if we had not adopted them in the first place. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
- —Guest BBRW
- i had to put my cat down at the vet, because I couldn't afford the cost to heal for a urinary tract infectione..$1,600. was totally out of my affordable payment..Vet asked me if I had anyone I could borrow the money from... I said NO. Then, she reduced it to 1200. which was still out of reach for me...I had no choice but to leave there and have him euthanised..$250. later... I've lost all my estime in veteranians....They are money hungry! do not care of someones emotions toward their animal.. All they think about is the mighty buck! I still think of Fangs and how I've let him down..or did I?
- —Guest Rita
Don't know what to do
- My heart goes out to everyone here. My cat is not doing well. I have spent thousands of dollars on my baby the last few years and I just don't have any more money to spend ( I really never had it-just scraped it up a bit at a time or did without. She is weak in the rear, leaking pee, not eating much. But she doesn't seem to be in pain. I feel like I am watching her fade away. I have taken her to the vet 3 times in the last 5 days. they can't even figure out what's wrong. I'm spending money and getting nowhere in finding out what's wrong. The tests have shown nothing wrong. I can't afford Ct scans and MRIs. I can't bear the thought of losing her, but I don't want her to suffer and I can't afford any more tests. She is 12 and she is my best friend. When everything else is crap-she is my joy. I cry every day and barely sleep or eat anymore. Most vets don't really seem to care, seems like they are in it just for the money. My baby, my furry child of my heart is dying and I can't do anything.
- —Guest Tawny's mom
Coping with the loss of my cat Harry
- I had a 10 yr. old black cat with lime yellow eyes, Harry. He was diagnosed with diabetes after I let him lose about 1/3 of his body weight, until he went down to 10 pounds from 17...and felt bad I let it go so long. But for 5 months at the end of his life, and at the time of being diagnosed, I spent every moment I could doing research on how to save money (with my very minimal amount of money I had, and working only part time), what to do with a diabetic cat, how to take care of him. My husband and I went on a trip to Mexico for 10 days and I even stated out loud more than 6 times before and during the trip that I probably wouldn't see him again....so as we returned from the airport, there was a trip ASAP to the vet for a $450 bill waiting for us, my mom had already paid $600 of that bill, and I chose to put him down due to ketoacidosis, a life threatening illness that diabetic cats have. This was two days ago, and I am still bawling every day, and have put photos of Harry everywhere
i dont like playing God
- I had to put my cat of 20 years down yesterday... she had been throwing up and having loose bowels everywhere except the litter box she slept all day and growled when touched in certain places. she would sit next to me to be petted and when i would stop she would tap me with her paw so i would start again. how the hell do you pick a day to have your baby put down? not being able to tell her not to be scared, and we love her, and it will be ok was so hard. She didn't know what was going on and didn't know she was about to die. She looked up at me as if to ask why ? I couldn't tell her that the vet said it was best. Should i have waited one more day? We couldn't afford to even be in the room with her... What kind of monster charges a fee to be with a loved one while they passed? We couldn't afford to get her ashes back... I was informed she will be cremated with a lot of other pets...i hope the man who does it isn't a jerk working for a paycheck. 20 years was gone in 1 min....we love you
- —Guest sherra's mommy
My 10-Year Old Diabetic Cat
- My ten yr old cat developed diabetes, and was dying before our eyes, and guess what: I was laid off. I am a single mother. No one cares. I had to put him down as opposed to shots and vet bills every three weeks. I do not even have health insurance for my family and myself. This world had gone straight to hell.
- —Guest louise
The hardest decision to make!
- My Whiskers was 3 yrs. old and I noticed that his behavior was weird. I thought it was all the unusual weather we were having. So I just loved on him to make him feel safer. That night he growled in his sleep all night. I had to be up at 4am to be at work and it was to late to call in, so I set out to get him to a vet when I got home. When I got home he had been throwing up all afternoon and all the vets in the area was closed due to the extreme winter weather. I took him to the emergency vet. I got there to find that he had a urinary blockage. I asked them to save him and they had me sign a paper for $300 to start treatment. They then took him and came back and said it was so severe that surgery was needed. The min. of that was a 1000 to start. I was denied for care credit and only had $600 until payday on fri. So I had to make the decision to put him to sleep because they wouldn't take 600 and let me make any payment arrangements. I miss my best friend and feline child. RIP 1/10/11
- —Guest whiskers mommy
PEOPLE NEED TO BE MORE COMPASSIONATE
- to their fellow human animals. People deciding how much vet intervention to pay for is not "economic euthanasia". (To me, economic euthanasia would be putting down a healthy cat because you couldnt afford to feed it or get shots.) If the cat would die eventually without medical intervention, the decision is about weighing how much to spend to prolong a life, that without humans, would certainly end. There are many factors that go into that -age, odds of full recovery, and financial status. Three ys ago, I spent $10000 to cure my 3 yr old lab. If she had been 12, or had other health issues would I have made the same choice? Probably not. If I had just lost my job, or had several human mouths to feed, would I have made the same choice? I do not know. I got lucky, and she is fine, but had she had complications and died after I spent that much would I have regretted the choice? Who knows. I think people should not be reluctant to adopt if they can afford food and basic vet care
- —Guest LOLAANDSASHA'S MOM