my Husbands cocker spaneil had been bit by a copperhead snake and we had to rush him to the animal ER at12 in the morning. His heart had stopped and his throat had closed up. after a very scary night and a transfer to our regular vet the next day for four more days. We ended up paying close to four grand and never blinked an eye. I personally will go into debt over my dogs health, but luckly have since got pet insurance. Wheni was growing up we never took pets to the vet in my house. so i was wondering what other peoples limits were?
a lot of it would depend on the prognosis – one of my dogs was diagnosed with spleenic cancer @ 12 1/2 yrs old. it would have cost 5-6 thousand and no guarantee she would even survive the surgery. i decided that i would keep her comfortable as long as i could and that when the time came, she would go peacefully in my arms, not on some cold operating table. she lived a little over a year after that, and the drs. all said they had never seen a dog live that long with as large a tumor as she had. in another instance, i had a 3 yr. old cat that had polyps in his ear canals. they told me that they could do surgery and the chances of them coming back were 1 in 1000. it cost me between $ 4000 & 4500 for the tests, surgery, hospitalization etc etc etc, but i did it because he was young and the prognosis was good. they did end up coming back and the only way they could do anything was to totally close up his ear canals and he would be deaf. he had already been through so much and had given up eating. i think it was his way of telling me "no more please" so i held him in my arms while he went to the bridge to wait for me. he was only 4 years old and i miss him still
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