How would you handle this....

United States
January 17, 2009 11:17am CST
I have an ok friend who is my neighbor. He owns a dog but he doesn't take the dog to a vet on a normal bases to have her checked out. Today the dog started acting really funny. Like she was going to throw up or couldn't catch her breath. I'm concerned but if I tell my neighbor he'll say she's fine and not have her checked out. I know he has a newborn baby that was just born a few days ago. And there getting out of the hospital today but shouldn't he have that same respect for his dog his pet? So How would you handle this? And also keep in mind that you yourself dont' have enough money to take in his pet or you would. But he blows it off. Is there anything I really can do?
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@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
17 Jan 09
The first thing you need to do is pull your nose out of your neighbors business and keep it out. They just might remain your friend. Art
• United States
17 Jan 09
That is a really harsh thing to say . You should apologoze .
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Why should I it's the truth. You can't try to control someone else like that. If you do you are trying to live your life and theirs too and cheat them out of theirs. This just isn't the way we need to treat our friends and neighbors. They have every right to live their lives the way they want to the same as you have. They may not be right in what they do but they still have the right to do it.If we run our lives the way we should we won't have time to try to control someone elses. Art
• United States
18 Jan 09
I do understand you meaning. But I don't care how he wants to live his life. But I have concern when it pretains to an animal. That Animal has no choice of who her owner is. And if he can't take care of her the way that he should than he shouldn't have her. Another thing it's hard to pull my nose out of his dog because for the past five days I've been taking care of her. And noticing her problems. And it's just hard to enore them. And I won't because of the health of an animal. I know that you may not like that response and you don't have too. I just feel we need to protect animals no matter what. They have no voice to tell you what's wrong so you have to give them a voice. Another thing how bout if my friend... well my neighbor had his dogs leash so tight that it was growing inside of her... Shoudl than I leave it alone? Because if i did I'd be part of this animal cruelity. ANd that's just not right.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
17 Jan 09
Well you can offer to take the dog to the vet, if he will pay for it.If he refuses, then other than calling the SPCA, I have no answers. I am one of those people that really believe if you can not afford to have pets looked after when they become ill then you shouldn't have a pet, it is not fair to the animal, because you are the one in control of the whole situation. Sorry that isn't much help, but I wouldn't have a pet because of that exact reason
• Israel
17 Jan 09
I fully agree. I don't have much money, but my pets come first. My 9 year old dog, Yafa, has been sick lately. It started with weight gain even though I had switched her to a reduced calorie diet. It was a sure sign something was wrong. We went to the vet for a T4 blood test and found out she has hypothyroid as my vet and I suspected. It's easy to treat. She gets medication. I get a bill. We went for a recheck and her weight hadn't dropped as much as expected, the vet doubled the dose. Nice vet so no bill this time. Still having problems... Another recheck of T4 and a full blood panel because she drinks to much. We found her liver isn't doing its job. She got antibiotics on the slim chance it's an infection. Of course I get another vet bill. Next week we go for another blood panel and see if her antibiotics helped her liver. I will pay for yet another blood test. If things aren't OK I pay for an ultrasound and we go fro there. It's costing me a small fortune, but she is my responsibility.
• United States
18 Jan 09
I truly believe animals are ARE responsiblity!! We are the ones who choose to keep them. I love are cat and I am responsible with him. I take him to get his shots every year and a full exam. Yes it may cost more than those mobile trucks that you can get shots from but I want to make sure he's fine and not sick or something that I personally missed. NOw for my neightbor. His dog is lucky to see a vet at all. He takes her to the mobile trucks not even once a year he wait until he has too. When honestly it's been too long.
• Indonesia
19 Jan 09
to be honest, i have just started to get my cat a routine checkup last december. i get her a vacsine to the doctor etc..coz b4 that i couldnt afford it, but since i got a job i can afford to taking care of her better. but..i wont think twice everytime she was ill, eventhough i didnt have much money that time, i will give everything just to make sure my cats will be alright soon and healed from their illness. i wont think twice, coz my puku is the best part of my life, my other cats too..i will be suffer if they're ill, i will be sad if they're not around, so yes..i'll do anything for them and i will treat them the way they deserve to be loved and care..just like my own child, my baby..=) i have lotz of love for my real baby and my animals..
• United States
19 Jan 09
I think animals should be treated as one of are kin. They are so wonderful and dearing. And they love us no matter what. And when we aren't feeling well they are next to us comforting us. Although sometimes it may not help they are still there because they are concerned. That's great that you little baby vaccinated.. I believe it's really important to take care of these things before it actually becomes a problem. But as least you take care of you baby when they are sick even if youd on't have enough money. They trust us with there health.