(Closed) Having a pet with health problems :( (a bit of a vent)

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been going through this with my cat.  She has always been healthy up until April 1st when she was diagnosed with Diabetes and shortly after Pancreatitis.   It has seriously taken over my life, and my money, and my sanity at some points.  I thought at one point we would have to push back the wedding to next year because we spent over $3000 in the beginning just to get her on track.  Then when the financial part started to ease, she was diagnosed with a major E-Coli infection in her bladder and kidneys, which is the reason we haven’t been able to get her diabietes regulated, and with that, spending another $3000 on Ultrasounds, vet stays, antibiotics, blood tests, etc etc. 

Thank god my vet allowed us to do a payment plan finally. 

As stressful as it is, we didn’t push back the wedding, and we are just dealing with it the best we can.   I could not even Fathom giving her up, or putting her down unnecessarily. 

So yea, i totally know what you are going through.  

Post # 4
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m really sorry and i know it sucks when you have a pet that is sick πŸ™ Can’t they take the growth out?


Post # 5
4324 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@cbee:  I’m so sorry about your dog. This is just as much a part of your family as anyone else. Don’t mind your father… he’s probably grief-stricken if that was his father. But don’t let him invalidate your feelings, because you are entitled to them. 

I understand what it’s like to have one thing after another happen. I just lost a kitty within the last month or two. It’s horrible. 

Can you maybe discuss a payment plan with the vet? 

Another tactic that helped my in-laws: they had an ill doggie… on whom they had spent thousands of dollars. When an infection popped up, they said, “We’ve spent so much money here in X amount of time, can’t you cut us a break?” and the vet did. I hope this helps you. But please don’t think your feelings are invalid. Take the time to nurture yourself through this rough time. 

Post # 7
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am sorry about your puppy. Did they not look into her ears or do a swab before sending her home with the medication?

Post # 8
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I definitely know how you feel. My dog is 9 years old and is having all kinds of age-related problems. The medication for her arthritis is really expensive but it helps her so much that I have to keep her on it. She’s also been having problems with incontinence and trying to get a correct diagnosis for it is not only expensive, but puts her under a lot of stress.

Definitely let your veterinarian know that money is a concern for you, and remind them each time if you need to. They’ll usually keep that in mind when discussing treatment options with you, and won’t necessarily be so quick to run certain diagnostics. Ask for alternative options and make sure that everything they’re doing is absolutely necessary.

Post # 10
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you haven’t already, try a raw or at least a grain-free diet to see if that helps with the ear infections.

If you can get control of the infection/yeast/swelling, there is a good chance she won’t need surgery right now. (?)


I am a pet sitter and see lots of different scenarios. I wish dogs could talk!

Post # 11
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@cbee:  Poor baby, I am sorry about that first vet. Good thing you switched!


Post # 12
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Yes, my female pomeranian. She has severe allergies, a collapsing trachea, teeth issues and now she will need surgery on her knee eventually. Some dogs are just more prone to issues than others. *Sigh* but we love them don’t we!

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