Would you spend $4,000 on your pet?

@dlkuku (1936)
United States
April 28, 2007 6:03am CST
My ex Mother-in-law has a little dachsund. The dog recently had a ruptured disc in her back. My ex MIL took the dog to a fancy vet out of town and the xrays alone were $1800 and the surgery was another $2200. I know that financially she can afford it, and she is by herself being an elderly widow and her little dog is her baby, but $4,000? I have dogs and if something happened to one of them, I would never be able to afford that. I heard another story, where a man flew his little dog to NYC for eye surgery and just the surgery cost over $8,000.
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8 responses
@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
28 Apr 07
That's crazy! I have other priorities, but dogs? No, never. But of course your MIL and that man with his little dog may consider their pets as human beings worthy of spending a fortune on. . But for me, that looks funny, ridiculous, unthinkable, absurd. Anyway, just for the sake of argument, let us accept that these people can afford anyway. . but to spend a fortune on a dog? Unbelievable, but true. Let's hear also from others, what they think about it. . .
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
28 Apr 07
Yes, I agree, I can't see spending that amount of money on a dog. Now if it was my child, that would be different.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
4 May 07
I have spent in the neighborhood of $2000 on two different dogs. One had red mange and we used an experimental method to treat him, but it didn't work and in the end we had to put him down. We had a dog that was hit by a car and really when he was brought in the emergency vets should have advised us to put him to sleep. It took 4 days for them to tell us this, following a lot of extra suffering on the dog's part. Of course, the bill still had to be paid. My mom had a similar situation when her cat developed stomach cancer. It was 3 days and $800, and he had to be put down. If the animal was definately going to survive, and it was young and I could spare it, I probably would. I get very attached to them. It would really depend on the precise situation and how solvent I was.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
4 May 07
wow. really can't afford that. Its an eye popping figure for me. Its because I am not an animal lover. I would rather feed a human mouth than on an animal.
@mlgb_24 (638)
2 May 07
it's easy to say that probably if i have the money, i would. but the person that i am, i think it would be hard for me to cash out that big amount for my pet.
@twils2 (1812)
• United States
29 Apr 07
I would spend the money if I could afford it, but at this point, I wouldnt spend $4000 on myself. I have 2 Black lab/rotwieler mix dogs. I just dont have those kind of funds for my dogs. Thats not to say they arnt worth it,they are, the money just isnt there. Take care!!
@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I am one of the biggest dog lovers around, but (and there are some who might think this harsh) it is just a dog! And I can get another one, I had a similar experience, mine was a doberman with cancer, I could send it for treatment to the best vet in Texas, for about $2500 and there was no guarantee it would help! I opted to have my vet put him to sleep, very humane, instead of watching him suffer. So, no I would not spend that kinda money on my pet.
• United States
28 Apr 07
I might be the crazy one here, but I'd spend the money to get my dog surgery if they really needed it. The way I see it, if you have taken on a life by owning a pet then you are forever responsible for that pet's well-being. You can't just throw them away when they are unwell. Talk about fairweather friends! Take the dog to a couple different vets to "price shop" because some vet clinics will charge you twice as much as needed!
• Philippines
28 Apr 07
I don't. Because I don't have that money. And that's really too much!