would you do the same for your dog?

United States
September 12, 2007 3:14pm CST
My miniature pinscher was hit by a car about 5 months ago. A hit in run. SHe had just recently given birth to a litter of 5 who were just only 10 days old when she got into the accident. She was in the emergency room for 4 days in critical condition and fortunately with all our prayers and our hope she made it alive but lost her front left leg and had a broken pelvic which will not allow her to breed anymore. She acts as is nothing ever happened and in fact runs as fast as before and is still the only dog who can jump the fence from the 2. When the accident happened and the doctors first came up to me and asked if I wanted to save her life, that it would be VERY expensive my husband and I didn't think twice about it and did it. However, people kept telling us she may not even make it and it will be money wasted in vain. In all we spend over 4,000 in her stay at the hospital including surgery. My question is would you do the same for your dog? DO me Princess is part of my family and it was all worth it? How would you feel afterwards?
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• United States
12 Sep 07
i know not everyone can afford that - but if i could i would spend all i had for my dogs. they are like part of the family, and i would hate to put them to sleep if it could be avoided and they could live a quality life. we didn't put our grandma to sleep when she broke her hip, why would we do that to a dog? plus, through our vet we have a really good, and affordable pet insurance plan, so that makes it easier for us. ironically though, people health insurance is ridiculous and we may be letting that go! it's like $25 a month for the two dogs to have health care, but for us it's closer to $600 - yeah, i'd rather spend that on my dog to save it's life. guess some would say my priorities are backwards, but i feel right about it, so that's all that matters
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• United States
12 Sep 07
thank you.... that is how I felt, I wouldn't give up on my own family member if they broke a leg why should I on my dog who has been my little guard since the first day I got her. I am defintely going to look in to pet insurance I am sure it will pay off, god forbid something like this happens again. THanks for the advice
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• United States
13 Sep 07
Pets do become part of the family. I was taking care of my sister's two chinchillas. A while after I had them one became unexpectedly ill. We rushed her to the emergency clinic (which is itself expencive). After they realized they did not have the experience to help her fully they sent us on to another vet where she had to have surgery. She did not survive and we spent almost a thousand dollars. We don't resent this at all, at least we did all we could for her. Over the years we have owned many cats. We do know the expences of animals can be overwhelming. My last cat passed away (we put him to sleep) from cancer that we could not afford to treat. Before that, when he was younger, we spent hundreds on emergency surgery when he got blockage (he couldn't use the bathroom). I do know that people will go to great lengths to save their pets. Some people I know run a dog rescue and they have a dog right now who's past owners morgated their house paying for two of their dogs seperate medical bills. (One had an abcess and one had cancer) They lost the dog with cancer, lost their house, and had to give their other dogs up to rescues. I know that alot of people can not afford to go to such great lengths but when theres the chance to save your pet, its hard to let it go.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
13 Sep 07
Good on you, I would have done the same thing..My pets are part of the family and I would not have thought twice about it either..Their lives are in your hands...
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• United States
12 Sep 07
I have to say I pretty much agree with Dancingmooney, but I totally understand where you are coming from. I love my 4 legged furry babies as much as I love my 2 legged adult babies. There was never any question about their healthcare and if I had really good insurance on my furry babies and it was in their best interest, not mine there would be no question with them either.
• United States
13 Sep 07
I feel like I'd do that for any of my pets. When I had my rats, Anastasia and Gwenivere, they developed tumors because they had not been fixed. I watched as my precious babies suffered on and on...I couldn't watch any longer. About two days and a little over $1000 later, my rats came home from the hospital...I was so afraid that Anya was going to die because she had the largest tumors. Both made it through but about 6 months later the tumors returned and claimed the lives of my babies. I believe that a pet is a family member and should be treated like one. I love all my pets like I love people; each animal has a distinct personality and each one is so precious. I absolutely would have done the same.
• United States
13 Sep 07
thanks for the comment. I definitely agree, its so funny how animals have their own personalities. Honestly spending time with my dogs is a stress reliever for me. They listen to me, they are great company and they are so fun because they liek to play. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but I also know and feel we did the right thing.thanks again
@reanne (83)
13 Sep 07
No, instead i will use that money for charity or sanctuary for the other dogs or pets.... let her go to sleep... in that case you could have helped her... let her not suffer if you love her that much....
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I applaud you and your husband!! Yes I would do it too in a heartbeat! You did a wonderful and thoughtful thing for your baby gal! Horray! We have another animal lover in this world! I love it! You have my vote!! You did the right thing!
@Valce1 (173)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
Totally! Assuming the $4000 doesn't put me in extremely deep financial trouble...
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
First off, I'm very sorry to hear about your dog being hurt but I'm happy she's doing so well. I would and have done the smae thing for my dog. I have a cocker spaniel who was diagnosed with glucoma and between vet wisits and a hospital stay I spent around $5000. Then there were medications that totalled about $100 a month for about a year. It was very expensive but it saved her eyes. The vets never suggested putting her down but they did suggest removing the eyes. She is blind now but because of all the stuff we did for her she hasn't had any flare ups and is a very happy dog.
@anniepa (27245)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I positively would do the same thing for my dog or cat! I wouldn't pay any attention to those who criticize your decision. Not everyone has had the good fortune of having the love of a pet! My feelings are your pets give you something that's very rare indeed - unconditional love. You wouldn't be worthy of that love if you didn't do everything within your power to save her. I know alot of people would simply have not been able to spend that much money and in that case I'm not trying to make anyone feel guilty. At this moment in time I would be in that position, so unless I had a vet who would be willing to accept a payment plan I don't know what I'd do if I had a sick or hurt pet but I say if you're able and that's what you want to do, save your four-legged family member by all means. It's your money and it's really no one's business how you use it! Annie