How much would you spend to save your pet?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How much would you spend to save your pet?
    I would spend $1000 or less : (50 votes)
    19 %
    I would spend up to $10,000 : (37 votes)
    14 %
    I would spend 10,000-20,000 : (5 votes)
    2 %
    I would spend as much as it takes : (53 votes)
    20 %
    I would go into debt to save my pet (deplete savings completely and charge onto card) : (37 votes)
    14 %
    I would spend more to save one of my animals than another : (14 votes)
    5 %
    I would spend the same for any/all of my animals : (29 votes)
    11 %
    I would never go into debt to save an animal : (36 votes)
    14 %
    I would spend more to save one of my pets of the same species (dog, cat etc) : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 62
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @dv3849:  +11111 I totally agree with you!

    Post # 63
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    6354 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I guess $10-20k, it’s hard to say because I can’t see myself turning down needed treatment due to cost.

    However, I generally don’t believe in radiation therapy, with rare exception. It appears to be an old timey treatment where the “cure” is more often worse than the disease. I wouldn’t likely pay for that due to not believing it to be beneficial for my pet. Surgical removal of the tumor, etc., would be worth paying for.

    Post # 64
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    2564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would do whatever I could.  I couldn’t imagine putting down an animal for eating something stupid and needing surgery, or breaking a bone, or needing knee surgery when in the long road it does not affect their life span at all.  But I understand not everyone can afford these surgeries, but I could not put an animal down because it needed a $3000 fracture repair.  Although I do tell my boy cat if he every gets a urinary blockage I will put him down out of spite, and so far he has not blocked (he is my first male cat, I worry about him blocking, but would still treat him if he did!)

    I would treat most cancers.  I think people have preconceived notions about what chemo is like in pets, and yes there are the sad, skinny pets but that may be that their disease is more advanced.  The vast majority of chemo pets you would have no idea if you saw them on the street, they are not sick from the medications.  Even if it got me 6 more months over no chemo, those 6 months would be worth it to me.  Some cancers treated with chemo can extend their lives by years as well.

    In regards to the OP regarding treating a burned animal, I do think that is worth it as well.  My clinic treated a burned cat for months and the media did a lot of stories on her.  Every story had commenters saying money was being wasted on the cat, they should have put her down, it was cruel to treat her when she was in so much pain.  Trust me when I saw she was very comfortable, she was on very good pain meds and was ok.  She loved to eat and get attention from all the staff and students, even though she had 3rd degree burns over most of her body.

    Post # 65
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    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We would spend anything, without hesitation, to keep our animals healthy with good quality of life. Most of our animals have had some sort of health issues as well – one kitty broke both hips at a year old and had surgery, one kitty had asthma and food allergies as well as a couple accidents, the same kitty who had hip surgery later had an inoperable brain tumor at only 6 years that required significant testing to diagnose before we had to make the decision to put him to sleep etc.

    They are one of our largest expenditures since they are our babies and we are responsible for their health. Our dog, a GSD, has a 20k (yearly) health insurance policy with 100% reimbursement after a $200 deductible for exactly this reason, we don’t even have to blink if she needs something.

    Post # 66
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    239 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’d do more for my two indoor cat brothers that I’ve had for 6 years than for my puppy. I’d be willing to pay about the same, I think, but I’d be more likely to just put down the dog and try more options to save one of the cats. 

    However, anything that is going to cause a lot of pain or fear, and include a long recovery, I’d probably just have the animal put to sleep. Quality of life would be a huge factor. In my mind 6 years of happy naps in the sun is better than 7 years where the last year was nothing but vet visits, scary bandages/shots/other medical procedures, restricted food and toys, and the human parents being stressed out and sad on top of it all. After a certain point, you’re doing it for your own happiness, not the animal’s. 

    Post # 68
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We would and are, actually, spending thousands to keep our pet alive. Our cat got sick last Christmas and the initial bill wasn’t too bad, a few hundred dollars. Then he had a relapse and they told us they had a good chance of keeping him alive only if he got a blood transfusion which would cost about $1,200. So we did that. Then he needed an expensive maintenance med that he’ll be on for his entire life that costs over $100/mo. 

    So, realistically, over the lifetime of this cat we’ll probably end up spending somewhere north of $15,000 keeping him alive. It was an easy decision for us because with the meds/treatment he leads a totally normal life. He has a normal life expectancy and is no pain. Plus, we have it. 

    I think the limit for us is what we are able to do. I think we would spend all or most of our savings to save any of our pets if they had a good chance at a nice long life. We don’t have kids. We already have a house and good jobs and cars. So if we want to spend our savings on our pets, it isn’t really taking anything away from any real necessity. 

    Post # 69
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would not want my pet’s quality of life to suffer just for my desire to keep her alive.  But if doctors were able to help her and it was super expensive, it would be hard for me to not go ahead.

    This is why I chose to get pet insurance for my dog.  She is a pug and so certain health issues are common (and covered), but it also covers illnesses such as cancer and accidents as well.  The monthly cost is there (roughly $60) but I’d rather pay that than get a huge bill or have this tough decision to make later.  When I make a claim, they pay 90% and I pay 10%, which is much more doable.

    Post # 70
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it depends on the prognosis of the treatment and the age of the animal.  In the case you described, I assume since you mentioned cancer the animal is already older.  I am not familiar with the outcomes of radiation treatment on animals, do they think the treatment would cure them?  If it would only add a year or so to their life, or if it had a 20% success rate, I do not know that i could justify spending that much money and watch my dog suffer through the treatment process as well not knowing if it would do any good.  However, my dog needed surgery because she ingested something she couldn’t pass.  They had to remove it, but after she went back to being her normal healthy self.  Therefore, we spent the money (4K) for the surgery knowing it would save her life and she would be 100% better afterward.  She was 6, and hopefully she will live to be about 15 years old.  If the treatment will save my dog I would spend anything I could to make that happen.  One of my coworkers told me she thought it was crazy to spend that much money on a pet and that she was just a dog not a human.  I was horrified she would imply I should have let my dog die knowing the surgery would completely cure her just to avoid spending money.  I don’t think people should have pets if they aren’t prepared to care for them above and beyond buying them food/flea meds. 

     

    Post # 71
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I would spend a couple thousand but not $10,000. And it depends- if he was run over by a car and needed emergency surgery and the outlook was promising, I would spend. If he had cancer and needed years of expensive therapy for a so-so quality of life, then I would not spend the money on treatment, probably just palliative care or put him to sleep.

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