Mooyong the pug.

February 23, 2008 1:47am CST
I work at an animal emergency centre and today there was a 6 month old pug puppy in there who is sick. He needs a liver shunt (an operation) except his owners can't afford it. (It's probably going to cost $1000 or more). You see, I absolutely LOVE pugs and have been yearning for one for a long time. I so want to adopt this pug and pay for his operation except at the moment I'm really in no financial position to do that, plus pugs are prone to a lot of respiratory problems so to own a pug, one has to have spare cash at all times for emergencies. So for me to take this pug is just out of the question. The owners have no other choice but to have him euthanised. This just broke my heart this morning, because he is such an energetic, happy, loving little puppy, and only 6 months old! It's not fair that he should have to die, but there's no other option. I told my mother about it and she told me that things like this will be the hardest part of the job. Has anyone else been in a situation like this?
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
You poor dear! Is there anyway that the centre would give you payments & a deal to help this little person. Recently, in Victoria, B.C. two barn kitties were found that needed operations as their eyelids were grown together. There was a Public appeal, thru radio, newspaper & internet. The funding was raised. Is it possible to do this? I do not know where you live, but could you be able to get Pet Health Ins. for the on-going breathing problems? I am sorry to be looking for's because I think I know how heavy your heart must be. Please keep us posted.
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
23 Feb 08
yes your mother is right,this sort of thing wil be the hardest part of your job.i have never had this happen to me touch wood,but i know it would be hard to make a decision like this.i work in the hospital and when i see children in a bad way with no parents etc,i want to take them all home and adopt everyonre of them,but unfortunately you can't do it.maybe they can put an adoption notice in the window of the shelter,you never know who might see it.cheers sue
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I've never been in that situation but I'd love to adopt the poor kid.I have no money though.:)Do you have a program "adopt a pet" in your country?In the Philippines(my county),Marikina City has this program and they have rehabilitation center for animals.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
23 Feb 08
My dear coffeeshot, my heart goes out to this little puppy and also to you for the anguish you are going through because of the situation. Have you thought of raising the money for the operation by doing a public appeal on the radio or the newspapers? People have kind hearts, and do respond to this kind of thing. It's worth a go if the centre will give you some time to raise the cash. I sure hope things work out for the little guy; please keep us informed of the outcome.
@lightningd (1041)
• United States
23 Feb 08
This is the exact reason why I did not become a veterinarian. I would end up with a bigger zoo than I already have. Most likely, had I become a vet, I would do these surgeries for far less than what most vets charge, or even free. Then there is the instance where I would not be able to put down a perfectly healthy animal because the owners either no longer wanted it, or were moving and they couldn't take it with them. I do feel that certain procedures in veterinary offices across the United States have become over priced. Fortunately for me, I have a veterinarian who doesn't believe in overcharging for her services. She does of course, expect her clients to take an active role in the procedures of their animals. I had a horse that we believed had coliced, but he actually had an upper respiratory infection. Well, to rule out colic, he had to be tubed, meaning we had to run a tube through his nostril to his stomach to check for blocakages. I had to help run the tube up his nose, and then pump water into his stomach through it. Granted, most people would not be able to handle this, or they would be scared to. Fortunately, having worked as a veterinary assistant, I was up for the task, but so many people just wouldn't be. We got it all done, his stomach was fine, and we started him on antibiotics and he recovered well. It's too bad the vet you work for wouldn't allow payments to be made on procedures like putting a shunt in that are going to be expensive. I really think it's counter productive. If the owner has to put the animal down because they can't afford teh procedure, then the vet is losing a patient.