Highway robbery

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Mike81, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    Our little 9 yr old shitzu dog has been acting strange for a few days, like not feeling well. Last night she got real bad, shaking, just laying on the floor limp and not responding to anything. Kids crying that she's dieing. Had to take her to the emergency vet, didn't look like she was gonna make it much longer and she is part of the family. They said she had a serious infection in her uterous that was spreading to her other organs. Now like I said, she is part of the family and I'll do whatever to save her...but after a night of intensive care, xrays, iv's, about 6 different medicines and and emergency hyseterectomy.... I was out $1300!!.....:confused2:
     
  2. CuzICan

    CuzICan New Member

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    OMG Mike, I know you want to save her and all but that is sooo much money for treatment-- I understand you being taken back by it! They sure did alot for her though. I know the kids would be so hurt and ya'll too, if something happened to her.

    I hope the prognosis is better than the bill for sure!
     

  3. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I know the feeling Mike, but what choice do you have, I went thru the same
    thing in June.
     
  4. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    My dog is another in are home also. I would have done the same thing. My kids and wife would be heart broken if something was to happen to her.
     
  5. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, like I said, I'd do anything for my dogs, they are part of the family, and the vet clinic knows it!!! In that situation they seem to know they have you where they want you....:angry:. What can you do...not gonna harp on it but just venting...and ya'll are the lucky ventees...lol :wink:
     
  6. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Mike ,PB posted something along those lines the other day in his 'animal house thread,You should check it out in the members special section is
     
  7. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    I would pay anything for my buddy. Not an option for me. Just hope it doesnt happen.
     
  8. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    You guys (and gals) are better people than me. (and I mean that in a good way, not in a wisea$$ way). I'd have to let the kids hate me until they understood what $1300 meant. I've had a few animals I liked, but none that I've ever been willing to put that kind of money in.

    Glad to hear the pooch is better!
     
  9. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    I can understand a respect that Branden.... Everyone has different way of looking at things. I just feel when I get an animal I am accepting that I'll do what is in my powers to take care of it. Everyone's situation is different. This dog has curled up to me and slept most everynight for 9 yrs.... To look in her eyes and see she was in a dire situation I have to do what i can to help her even if it sets me back some.... It's such a tough situation..... I think when these dogs are past I won't get anymore...it's too hard on the old emotions....
     
  10. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    <In that situation they seem to know they have you where they want you...>

    EXACTLY!

    Bill in SC
     
  11. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    you are a much better man than me bro.:crazy:
     
  12. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    lol. .22 would take a lot of pain away. guess i need to get into vetenary.:eek:oooh: my poor dog would have took the bullet. no way i could afford that with the economy way it is and work being slow. my kids. the ones with 2 legs are first.
     
  13. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    Be glad it was'nt one of the 2 legged variety in your home. It would have costed $13,000
     
  14. winston61

    winston61 New Member

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    Man, I know how you feel. I've always had my dollar limit on what I would spend on an animal. I have always favored the older gray haired cow doctor vets. But they have been replaced by the 'specialist' vets that charge more than human doctors. I had an old vet that just had to look at the animal and ask me about symptoms and then made a diagnosis. Not any more. Now you're just an ATM walking through the door. 'We can save the animal, just give me another $1,000.00'. We've had to draw the line on treatment and say goodbye to an old friend. But as a cynic might say, the shelters are full of unwanted animals, just get a new one. We can't protect kids from everything. Learning about life and death is another step on the journey.
     
  15. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    (with apologies to Paul Harvey)

    Vets are just people.

    People with student loans, kids, braces, college funds, mortgages, 401ks, and a payroll to meet.

    My wife and I have discussed this, and have agreed to reasonable limits on what we will spend on our animals.
     
  16. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Of business, commerce and common sense. The man with the French name has as close an answer to the right one as you are gonna get.

    TOFF
     
  17. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    I have no regrets, She means alot to me and I was able to do it. If I couldn't have swung it or it affected putting food on the table and clothes on my kids of course it would have been different but it has no impact on that. I respect everyone's point of view and thanks for the comments.
     
  18. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I understand the cost of living and being in bussiness,Dave is right on the money,But I think BOTH VETS and DR'S overcharge ,I think the breakdown is like 150.00/hr.Wish my wages were that good
     
  19. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    This is a neither here nor there post. Some will understand it, some will not. When I started out in '69 in Chicago in a full blown small animal practice I was told I had to generate 2 1/2 times my salary to pay overhead, expenses and generate a predetermined profit margin or I would be gone.

    Had to keep that in my mind every time I walked in an exam room or stood at a surgery table.

    There are a number of ways to run a business, which, whatever you do is. Either yours or the guy you work for. If the bottom line is in the red you might as well go fishing.

    John.
     
  20. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    I understand love for a pet would I if I could pay that possible but I can't that is why my last dog ran away and after looking for her this last month if she is not found she will be my LAST for a while I do understand paiing that but that is high dollar