Post # 1
My little Ruby girl was rough housing with her sister a few days ago and got hurt. She has been limping so we brought her to the vet today. Turns out she has a blown ACL on her right leg and a displaced left hip. I am crushed. The doctor gave her two types of steroids and is asking that we separate the two dogs, and maybe it will heal itself. The chances of that happening are slim. She would then need $2000 surgery in a month which, you guessed it, is when we’re getting married. I don’t know how I am going to come up with this extra money. But I can’t have her hurting. This is seriously the sweetest dog ever, y’all.
What would you do? An extra job? Give her up to a rescue for them to fix her? I just want to cry.
Here’s my sweet angel:
Post # 3
Take a breath. She may heal just fine on her own. ACLs can heal on their own, and displaced hips can be put back into place.
I would cut whatever I could from the wedding, sell some stuff around the house, borrow money from people, and pay for the surgery. Don’t give her up over this. You’re family now.
Post # 4
I would find the money and pay for the surgery.
Post # 5
Possibly borrow the money until after the wedding. Or postpone it totally until after the wedding. We got a pretty significant amount of money for our wedding. We saved it for a future downpayment on a new house, but this is your baby!
Post # 6
Please don’t give her up to a rescue. I’m not entirely sure how to come up with the money – borrow from relatives? Sign up for a no-interest credit card? Like those ones with 6 month or 1 year promo periods, and pay at least most of it back within a year.
But shes your baby; I disagree with giving up family members because things get too expensive..to be honest, I’m a little surprised you even listed giving her up to a rescue as an option!
Also, maybe ask for an ‘advance’ wedding gift perhaps from some close family members?
Post # 7
@RoyalLime: Seriously, why didn’t I think of that?! Monetary gifts at a wedding are fairly standard, so that would work out so wonderfully. I was just thinking about how I am depleteing all the extra money I have to finish paying off the vendors, but in reality we will be getting at least SOME back. That made me feel a whole lot better. It’s just a ton of money to come up with in a short time. I would do anything for this dog.
@sugarcube: I was really upset writing this post, and I am really not thinking straight. I just don’t want her to hurt, and I know rescues fix that. I never, ever, ever want to give her up. Seriously. This is the best dog ever. But MORE than that, I want her to feel better. I’m thinking a garage sale might help.
Post # 8
Awww that poor baby. Don’t give her to a rescue! Can you put the cost on an emergency credit card? Can you ask someone in the family for a loan to be paid back after the wedding? I would do anything to pay for surgery if she ends up needing it – even a little bit of manageable debt!
Post # 9
She’s adorable. I would do whatever I could to save up/borrow for the surgery. Or perhaps she’ll heal up on her own, but don’t give up on her. Big hugs!!!!!!!
Post # 10
That’s a good point. Wait until after the wedding, and see what kind of money you get. Get it done somehow.
You can call around, if she winds up even needing surgery, and get the best price you can find. Maybe you could put a deposit on the surgery, and pay for it monthly?
Post # 12
Can you call around to other vets for prices? My sisters black lab just had his blown acl repaired and it cost 750 dollars. Country vets are typically cheaper if you can find one! FYI, this was in a smaller town in Michigan.
Post # 13
Awww poor thing I agree with the ladies please dont give up on her theres always other options
Post # 14
@NoMoreStew: Yeah, the price was for a specialist because the vet we take her to doesn’t do it herself.
Just to let y’all know, I absolutely do NOT want to give her to a rescue. Just to be clear. I was very upset and that was the first thing that came to my mind (stupidly). I just want her to be well. I will find a way to make this work, even if I have to get odd jobs.
Thanks to everyone for talking me down. I was hysterical and thinking the worst. I feel better now, and will keep you guys updated.
Post # 15
@LizLemon: This happened to our family lab a couple of years ago. My parents opted for the surgery but about a year later she had torn the other one. She also had a lump growing on her shoulder which turned out to be cancerous. She was 13 years old, so they decided it was time for her to go to sleep forever.
If you can, get the surgery. Definitely call around for prices. Other vets may be willing to help you out.
I wish you and Ruby good luck.
Post # 16
Some vets give payment plan options. It would definately be something to look into!