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Please see my post containing a poll in the Pets Forum here on MDC. I'm wondering how much people would pay for medical treatment for their pets. Since this has a financial component I'm cross posting here. And, I would like to get a realistic picture from those who do not frequent the pets forum as well.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=982087" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=982087</a>
 

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I would pay about $100 IF that right now (In another time when we were doing well, I would have paid up to $800). I'm so thankful I gave my cats away before we hit this financial crisis. We have issues even paying for food for ourselves so adding a medical expense for a pet would make us choose between eating or the pet's health. I know pets are like family so others view them as equals in the family. It's not about what other's would do, it's about your situation and you are able to do.<br>
I do know that you can call some places and ask for a discount or sliding scale. We got someone to treat out cat for $90 instead of $400 we were quoted elsewhere.
 

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Just took our sick cat to the vet last week. The bill was $350 plus $99 for a box of Revolution.<br><br>
Horrible! We are not sure what we are going to do with the kitty. She is very sick, but still eats, drinks and wants to enjoy each day. She is not crying or showing other visible signs of pain.<br><br>
Awful how much vets charge!
 

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I have a cat. He's kind of a round-the-way cat that I took in. I give him flea meds in the summer and food. He's been neutred and is kept updated on his shots. I won't do anything other than this though. I'm not getting his teethed cleaned although they always try to push that at the vet. If he got a serious problem, I'd have him put down. I care for him, but he's not my "baby". When his time comes, I bet he'll just run off. Circle of life.
 

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Wow. I just went and looked at the poll, after the fact. I bet my response isn't gonna go over so well.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Our limit is $100 (if that). I'm trying to find the cat a new home....
 

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Depends on how long the pet will normally live.<br><br>
0-5 years: $0-$50 per year.<br>
6-19 years: $51-$400 per year.<br>
20+ years: Unknown. At least to the value of the animal per year.
 

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Our German Shepherd required a surgery last year to remove a huge tumor, or else it would kill her. It was that or euthanasia. After all was said and done, we paid $600 for the surgery and she died anyway, never came home again. If we had that choice now, we would have had to opt for the euthanasia. We were financially tight at that time, and it took us a while to pay it off, but she was our first "baby", had her before children, we found a way, and took the chance.<br><br>
The way the economy is right now, we wouldn't have the option to choose. As it stands, we can't afford the purchase of another pet, let alone the care. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Unfortunately, many people are in this position right now, having to choose between their dear pets and other necessaries. It's heartbreaking.
 

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I do the rabies shot and will buy dog soap if needed or stuff for fleas or ticks and of course food regularly. However if an accident or illness occurred it would depend on the severity and likeness of each outcome. Also we don't have a credit card so what we have in the bank is what we have. often we don't go to the doctors unless something like stitches are needed or to set a bone. its kinda a you'll make it or not- for myself included.
 

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Our cat just got sick with a urinary tract obstruction. The total cost of treatment, so far, is close to $1000. It went on the credit card. I didn't know what else to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I've never had an animal require such expensive care, but I felt morally responsible to have him treated. He seems to be making a full recovery, so the $$$ wasn't spent in vain. He's a good cat. I just know we can't afford a cost like that every year. He's only a year old!
 

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$100 or so. I love our cat we've had her for 8 years and she is about 15. But $100 is our limit.
 

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My limit would be $100-$500 just because of finances and we don't have credit cards anymore. Our cat is 9 years old, had him since he was 3. I don't call him my "baby" but he is a member of the family and I love him. Years ago I had a cat with a tumor at 12 years of age. Just the exploratory surgery and tests at that time would have been $300 which I just didn't have so I had him put down. Broke my heart!<br><br>
I love my kitty and if I had more money available if he needed it then I would spend it. But imo, I would have my limits. Just depends on his age and the costs.<br><br>
Someone mentioned teeth cleaning. My vet pushes it, too, and I would have it done but hubby thinks it's too much money.
 

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I voted $500-$1000, but honestly that's th eMOST I would consider paying, as in an accident and he would totally recouperate or something. If it were something more complicated, like a tumor, ect that had an iffy outcome, the amount would be MUCH less. I do think we are responsible pet owners, but paying thousands of $$ on a pet, when the outcome isn't good, just seems foolish. We make money decisions w/ our heads, not our hearts. That may sound cold, but I cannot imagine having paid $1000, and hten have the animal die! We have a pure bred BullMastiff, we paid quite a bit for him, and we do take him and get his regualr shots, wormed, ect., and we have taken him in a few times for being sick, and he's recovered. When our first dog died, I think we paid $200 or so for that vet bill, I think the vet kinda knew it was pointless to do a lot, so we just got meds but he didn't recover. He was an older rotweiller, and honestly the best dog I've ever had.
 

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It would totally depend on the chance for a good outcome. Simple broken leg or illness or something - do it and use the CC. Hit by a car & major surgery is chancy? Probably just hafta let her go. Of course, we do things like feed raw to keep her healthy and never let her out off leash around traffic to keep the chances of bad things as low as we can.<br>
I would sign a DNR for myself. I do not want my family to go into debt to keep me alive on a slim chance. My Dusti is my baby, but I would not want to go into debt on a slim chance for her either.
 

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Well, we have spent about $1700 on Vet bills in the past year and close to $3000 in the past 18 months for our dog. He is young though and now that we have his health issues figured out should live for the next 10 years at least. While I would not lose my home or have my children go hungry to keep him alive and healthy we would make just about any other sacrafice for him.
 

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I have to agree that it would depend on the situation, quality of life issues, the age of the pet and the probable outcome. We had a cat who had cancer. My dh loved that cat like no other pet. We paid about $800 for testing and for surgery to remove the tumor, largely because dh was so crazy about her.<br><br>
However, when the cancer came back only a few months later, there was no way we'd have done the chemo the vet suggested, along with removing her leg. Part of it was financial, but the bigger part was that the treatment would be more for dh than it would be for the cat.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">while i would not lose my home or have my children go hungry to keep him alive and healthy we would make just about any other sacrafice for him.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our cat just got sick with a urinary tract obstruction. The total cost of treatment, so far, is close to $1000. It went on the credit card. I didn't know what else to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I've never had an animal require such expensive care, but I felt morally responsible to have him treated. He seems to be making a full recovery, so the $$$ wasn't spent in vain. He's a good cat. I just know we can't afford a cost like that every year. He's only a year old!</div>
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Phoebes mom.. I had the same issue. I found out through much research that long haired MALES have a tendancy to get many of these in their lifetime. It has to do with the type of food they eat and their overall urinary system. The more stuff like meow mix, the greater the chance- same with tuna.. I forget the ingredient in it that doesn't sit well with males. We had to buy his expensive foods and it became too much to handle. He was my example of spending $90 last time he had the obstruction- we found someone to do it for cheap.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Phoebes mom.. I had the same issue. I found out through much research that long haired MALES have a tendancy to get many of these in their lifetime. It has to do with the type of food they eat and their overall urinary system. The more stuff like meow mix, the greater the chance- same with tuna.. I forget the ingredient in it that doesn't sit well with males. We had to buy his expensive foods and it became too much to handle. He was my example of spending $90 last time he had the obstruction- we found someone to do it for cheap.</div>
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Add me to the club of locked cats. My kitty had a block last week and spent the weekend in the ER to the tune of $1300 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> He's almost 4. We put it on our cc and are working to raise the $$ to pay it off. He's on Royal Canin SO and Purina UR right now. The key is a wet food diet and lots and lots of water to keep the urine passing. No more hard food or tap water for Tigger!
 

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I can't put a price tag on my kitty. I can say that if she was suffering I'd let her go rather than paying costly fees to keep her alive. However, if something happened I'd do all I could for her...I'd take her to humane society or work our month payments, etc. as well as treat her here at home.
 
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