Post # 1
Curious- how much would you spend if your pet was severely ill? What if he/she had cancer and was prescribed radiation therapy at $10,000?
Additionally, how would you weigh your pet’s stress/quality of life against the desire to keep him/her alive? One of SO’s family members had her cat treated for cancer with radiation therapy. The cancer was in remission for a year and he was quite healthy before it came back, so he got a year out of it- but he was under a ton of stress while undergoing treatment and very skinny/unhappy. The other night on the news I saw a feature about a pittie that had been burned by fireworks. The poor dog was undergoing skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, etc. My first thought was “why didn’t they just put him to sleep?” I can’t imagine how much pain the poor dog is going through. I think it might be kinder to just put him to sleep. But we wouldn’t put a human to sleep, so I’m curious where Bees would draw the line in this respect as well. I don’t know how to formulate that part into a poll question, so comment below!
Post # 3
We love our pets dearly, so we would spend as much as it takes as long as they have a good quality of life or prediction of a good life after whatever treatment was required. I definitely don’t believe in going to all ends of the earth if they’ll be miserable anyway 🙁 I feel the same way about humans, or myself rather. If I don’t have the expectation of a decent quality of life, I’ve made it clear to my family to pull the plug.
Post # 4
I grew up in a farm where killing animals was an everyday thing, so to me the thought of treating a dog with chemotherapy seems crazy and unreasonable.
I absolutely love my dog, and I spoil her, and treat her way more like a child than I should. But if she had cancer I’d put her to sleep. Same thing if she was burned.
I love my dog, but in the end a dog is a dog, no matter how much I adore her.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t put my animal through any sort of suffering just to try to squeeze out another year of life. In the same way I wouldn’t want an elderly relative to undergo surgery their body can’t take just to try to live longer. I’d rather go early and comfortable than a little later but miserable. I think the same way for my animals.
I would spend a few thousand on a pet, but I wouldn’t go into debt. My mom’s puppy had eye issues shortly after we got her. She is part Shar Pei, so she had wrinkles around her eyes, and her fur was scratching her eyeball, causing an ulcer. If untreated she would have went blind. We tried a preventive measure of pinning her eyelids back to help keep the excess skin from folding over into her eye. That proved unsuccessful, so we opted to do surgery to actually remove part of her eyelid. This solved the problem. It cost us about $3,000 to do all this, and it wasn’t even to save her life – just to give her a better life with sight.
I would also treat my pets different, yes. If I had a pet frog that seemed ill, I wouldn’t be hauling it into a vet. I would spend more money on a dog or cat than I would a reptile or some rodents just because I’d have more of a connection with the animal, and the former likely has a longer lifespan anyway.
Post # 6
@bowsergirl: Edited the poll to add an option for spending more on same type of pet vs. different species of pet (frog vs cat etc). Curious if the other option would apply to you?
Post # 7
This is an interesting topic.
I would not spend more than $1000 on a pet’s treatment. I absolutely love my pets but they’re just that – animals. Also, there are so many animals that need homes out there and better places my money could go.
Secondly, I wouldn’t want my pet to suffer with a serious illness that would require treatment because the pet could not understand why it was experiencing pain.
We may feel better spending money and trying to get treatment, but the quality of life isn’t the best for the pet. Why spend 10,000 to keep a pet in misery when you could use that money for good? Give the $9,900 to an animal related charity and give another stray cat a home.
Post # 8
i don’t think i can put a number on it. i don’t know until i’m in the situation because it really depends on what’s wrong. i would not do anything to treat cancer (unless it’s surgery to remove a tumor. our cat had a spot removed on his nose that was skin cancer). treatments work differently than they do for people. all it does is prolong the life of the pet but not necessarily the quality of life. i would let my pet live out the rest of their days until their quality is no longer good and then i would let them go.
Post # 9
@kgirl91: Yeah, that fits me. 🙂 Although the other options did as well. Even if I had two dogs – one a year old pup and the other a 14 year old, then I’d certainly spend more on the pup. If my dog was 12+ I probably wouldn’t spend much at all if there was a major issue because it’s simply old age.
Post # 10
I love my cat dearly, but I’m not sure I’d deplete my savings if there’s a chance of the cancer coming back. I’ve had A LOT of pets in my life. I understand that saying goodbye is part of being a pet owner.
Post # 11
My cats go to the vet before I go to a doctor or dentist. Their health needs come before mine.
Post # 12
I hope this doesn’t sound harsh, but my view is animals aren’t people and aren’t worth spending exhorbitant amounts on. I have put down a pet rather spend $1000-odd on cancer treatment. It’s not only the cost, it’s the suffering to the cat, and you’re not really adding much to its life anyway. It broke my heart but I’d do it again if I had to. I think the most I’ve spent on a vet’s bill is in the $200-300 range.
Post # 13
Depends on the problem, and how old the pet is….. I had A 14 year old diabetic cat, I spent $6000 on it in 6 months for initial treatment and my he treatment itself along with other problems she was having from being old. Finally i took her in and my plan was to put her down because we just couldn’t afford it anymore…. And he found cancer in her mouth…. So that made up my mind! It was heartbreaking.
Post # 14
I bought health insurance for my dogs for this very reason. Its $25 dollars a month each and worth every penny.
Post # 15
I would spend as much as I was able/as much as it took to insure good quality of life. I would be very careful to make sure I wasn’t “saving them” for selfish reasons or simply prolonging their suffering.
Post # 16
My dog is my baby, so I can’t imagine putting a price tag on her! Of course, I also understand that she is an animal, can’t tell me when she’s in pain, etc. While I would reasonably do what I could, I wouldn’t want to go into debt either.
I have contemplated purchasing pet insurance for her, just in case.