Join Date: Sep 2009
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HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY?
I read an interesting article on Paw Nation this morning that got me to thinking. The author had spent $3000 on a surgery for her little dog. She and her husband both had had their salaries cut due to the recession; but they didn't think twice about the cost of the surgery. the dog survived and they were able to pay the Vet. They didn't have children so I guess they managed. My question is how much would you really pay to save your dogs life? Those of you that have children probably couldn't go as high as those of us that don't. But so many of us are living on fixed incomes, have lost jobs due to the recession, or like the author of the article had their salaries cut. I read a thread a while back where someone had paid $10,000 for an operation on their dog. I assume that that person was more well off that most of us. My husband says that he would pay whatever it took to save Rosie's life--but in reality could we--where is the cut off. I know it really depends on one's income and other obligations. I know that I could not pay $10,000; but could I justify spending $5,000? It is something to think about.
I guard Rosie with my life. Her little feet do not touch any grass except that in our secure fenced back yard. I haven't taken her for a walk anywhere else since she slipped out of her harness. We are going to Miss. this weekend to see about my 80 year old brother-in-law and since I don't trust anyone to care for her, she is going to the Vets to be boarded. I know that that is not what I want for her; but she is secure there. I would not be able to function if something happened to her. But, I know that things happen and it got me to wondering what I would pay to save her life.
With a child or grandchild, a person would hock everything and pay forever on hospital bills. But for a dog. $10,000 would pay for a year of college for the grandchild. $3000 would pay for a semester at a state school. And I have 10 grandchildren that will need help. Now I am rambling--but it is something to think about. Would like to have feedback from others and how unless they are wealthy they would justify such a large vet bill.