Post # 1
My husband’s good friend has an English Bulldog. She used to be very aggressive towards small children. They have since had her fixed and she is very good with their 2 year old. Recently we have all noticed the dog has been losing weight and not acting right. When I saw her last night, she could barely walk or stand and just seemed to lie there. Hubby’s friend said the vet recommended an MRI but they don’t want to pay the $2500 to have one done. They said the vet thinks it may be a tumor or something. When I saw the dog last night, my heart ached for her. Even though she doesn’t cry or wimper, she acts like she is in constant pain. I question the quality of life she has and also the saftey of the 2 year old. I know she isn’t aggressive towards the child but what if she accidently tripped and fell on the dog and the dog snapped and bit her??
I guess I just wonder what could be wrong with her.
Post # 3
that is such a hard place to be in, especially for the owners. Vet bills can be incredibly expensive, and people, especially in this economic climtate, can’t readily shell out that kind of cash. But I’m sure they care for their dog very much.
If the dog seems in pain, can the vet at least prescribe some medication to help with that? or will they only do that after the MRI?
Post # 4
@ktisthatbees: Hubby’s friend thinks that she just needs some steroids and different diet. They actually do have the money to find out what’s wrong, but I think they already know and are just preventing the inevititable. We don’t say anything to them because it’s not our place to. We just try to listen and be supportive. I just hate seeing the poor dog suffer.
Post # 5
That’s really sad. It sounds like cancer. You sound like a really nice person but I would have to say something. You can’t let an animal suffer that way, it’s so cruel. If they don’t want to take care of it they need to give it away or put it down if it’s in constant pain. The poor think can’t help itself or talk to anyone. Ignoring it is NOT okay. I would talk to them and if they don’t respond anonymously call someone that deals with animal abuse.
I know I sound really harsh and horrible but I care so much for animals, especially because they love us unconditionally and I cannot fathom letting one suffer that way.
Post # 6
Coming from someone who spent their house downpayment ($20,000+) saving their dog’s life, I’ve become a real advocate for sick pets. We are only 23 and 25 years old, we didn’t exactly “have the money” either, but we did what had to be done.
It sounds harsh, but if they’re not willing to AFFORD a dog, they shouldn’t have gotten one. Things happen, and pets get sick, just as children do. Darling Husband and I are living in my parent’s in-law apartment in their home right now because we accepted the responsibility of getting a dog, and we didn’t just do nothing when we found out he had a fatal condition. You don’t just ‘ignore the inevitable’.
This is just upsetting me because I find it completely unacceptable and I already would have opened my mouth. I’m sorry that you’re in such a tough place, and my heart goes out to you for caring about the poor dog, but the owners sound like horrendous pet parents for letting her suffer like this.
Post # 7
@MrsMaine: I think this is a sticky situation – everyone eventually has a price …. it is sad but true – maybe you were willing to spend 20K but would you have done 50K? and then those that would spend 50K would tell you the same thing that you are essentially telling others that are in a lesser financial position than you or just not willing to make that “sacrifice”
I agree with you in terms of “ignoring the inevitable” – what this dog is going through is cruel and unfortunate.