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  • What was your highest pet bill?

    33 posts, 22 voices, 1350 views, started Mar 15, 2009

    Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 by (華娃娃) ChinaDoll

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    • Diamond
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      When Max, my male German Shepherd, got sick, we took him to a vet and the vet just graduated from school.  She was very kind and put him through all kind of testing as well as hospitalization.  She said he might have ingested something bad and the kidney was not functioning.  She then prescribed the most big antibiotics and it was expense.  Finally, we had to put Max down.

      Total bill was several thousand dollars.  My husband said he knew Max would not make it and she just did not know because she was an inexperience Vet.



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          Tuliplady wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • Highest vet bill was when I had seven dogs and they were all due for their annual shots.  Rabies, distemper, etc.



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          Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • Several hundred to the emergency vet. Who knew animal docs would be like plumbers and charge off-hours?



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          Tuliplady wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • CD, I have no idea, that was years ago and it would have been added to my bill for the farm.



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          Brenda Waters wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • About a week ago, I paid $4500. to have my big guy’s knee replaced and he is recovering nicely.

          I would give my dog a kidney, if it needed one :)



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          Jenz ~ wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I think it was right around $400 to have our boxer treated when the poor thing got his adorable face attacked by bees & his whole head swelled up. It was awful! He was ok right away after we rushed him in though. :)



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • In such case, I wonder if I should consider pet insurance?  Worth it?



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          Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • f8, hope he’s getting around ok!happy



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          Brenda Waters wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • Awww...you‘re too sweet cindy!  He is getting around ok, thanks.  He’s 132 lbs so we were very worried about him taking it easy and not rushing, but so far so good!  He’s my angel and therapy dog, so he’ll be happy to get back to his usual routine.  He’s a treasure!!!

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           Conan and I thank you :)


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          Brenda Waters wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • CD, I’ve contemplated pet insurance.  I guess with the big dogs, it makes loads of sense.  I’m told that they are at risk for lots more than the little ones, but you just never know!



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          Cheryl Sharpton wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • Well its not me actually its my sister’s dog.  Her pooch needs some surgery and the bill, if you agrees to do it will be $2000.  She has been saving for it but it has been hard.  I don’t know what to tell her.



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          Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I’ve always tried to take good care of the cats. I had a bub & sis that both lived to 18, and my two cats now are 11.

          The dog, you are not kidding f8-kidney, half my heart, leg bone, whatever!



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          Nmgirl98 wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I paid about 7,000 4 months ago for back surgery for my sweetie pie dachshund Belle.  I’d do it all over again if I had to.

          Best thing I ever did was get a credit card when I adopted her.  It’s for her and her alone.  If I hadn’t of gotten it, I don’t know what I would have done.



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          Tuliplady wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • I may be in the minority here, but I would never spend more on health care for an animal than I would on health care for myself.



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          Joan Cox wrote Mar 15, 2009
        • hrmm, yrs ago our dog BW (for black and white, though my latehusband claimed it stood for bostom whitesox) anyways.. she was hit by a car (not keep in mind this was like 25 yrs ago).. she broke her pelvis, badly bruised her spine and tore her hind lets up, we spent several thousand getting her patched up.. she lived for several yrs, and was worth it.

          We have a wonderful country vet right now who is a vet because he wants to be and can afford to keep costs super super low (he has his own money).. and has his own farm for his own food and such.. so like.. when we took leo in for his teeth to be removed.. montg worth of meds and all, plus removal.. after car? $80 bux.



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          Tracilea wrote Apr 16, 2009
        • Last year my vet bills totalled $7500...and I work for the Vet. It’s the price for having so many animals.  I have one young dog (MooShoo) on Pet Insurance and it has really paid off...I get back 80% of what I spend on her.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Apr 16, 2009
        • My highest was 236.00+ some change for his checkup and shots.



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          Jo46 wrote Apr 16, 2009
        • The highest bill was just over a 1000.00 after my dog was attacked by a coyote.  We had 2 beagles who required shots and checkups.  My husband and I always talked about how much we would spend if something was to happen to one of our dogs. (This 1000.00 dollar visit was our limit ) And were talking visit, not accumalitive.  By the way, one of the dogs was on phenobarbital 2x a day for years, (she had seizures.)  We would get her meds from Costco, a 3 month supply, for just over $10.00! Sadly ,both our dogs passed away last year...once in awhile it truly sounds as if I heard one of them barking!  My son and husband say the same thing!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Apr 16, 2009
        • Sorry Jo.  I just finished watching KYBU Public TV Station about dogs and cats.  One couple’s dog, Jerry, had cancer on his front shoulder and they amputated the leg.  Jerry seemed fine to be a 3 legged dog.  Then tumor spread and they were discussing putting him down.  I was in tears for it brought back memories of the animals I lost.  

          The vet said when it’s time, the animal would tell us.  That was so true but it was so hard to let go.  

          I want to go to the Rainbow Bridge first before Pearly Gate.



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          Smiley1962 wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • I have a daschund “Cookie”  she is our first dog and we love her so much.  The most I have spent is 350.00 for shots,etc.



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          57haddreams wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • I spent around $1000.00 at the emergency vet when our 8lb TFT mix was attacked by a Rottie mix.  I took the Rottie owner to court and recouped my $$ but the poor dog; 80lbs vs 8lbs, we‘re lucky he survived.  This dog was around 14 when we adopted him and was sooo sweet!  I called him Baby.  He lived another 2 years after the attack.



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          UK Girl wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • My poor now deceased King Charles Cavelier spaniel Mrs Dog saved my daughters life when a big powerful car came round the corner too fast and bumped the kerb - poor Mrs Dog had a fractured pelvis in three places - she already had a heart murmur - it took four months at the vet with no insurance to make her well and glue her back together.

          Sadly the injury caused problems all her life but she was the happiest and most loving dog in the world - last week I threw away the file with the vet bills and notes ( she has been dead 15 months - she was 17 when she passed away ) and I spend well over £10,000 on her in total but don’t begrudge a penny of it and would do it again in a heart beat



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          57haddreams wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • Chinadoll I know what you mean, but like my sis Foxfire always says:  “Part of being a pet owner is helping your pet at the end.”  It is very hard, we’ve had 6 dogs over the years and 3 are now deceased.  2 died at home, that was much easier than the one we had to put down.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • CD,
          We spent over $5000 on my horse a couple of years ago. She ate Red Maple which is toxic to horses and kills their red blood cells. Two tranfusions later and she was doing well. Then they gave her something to drop her heart rate, and she dropped dead from cardiac arrest. It was heart breaking. Hard enough to pay the bill, even harder to not be able to bring her home! :( Sorry about Max - I feel your pain. She was so much a part of me, I cried for days!



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • Animals are such a blessing.  They are part of our family.  Seeing them suffer and depart are hard.  They always bring us so much joy and love.  Cheers to all animal lovers.



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          Linda Hendricks wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • Okay... I don’t feel so bad now... we had both labs in ... one for surgery and teeth cleaning... both annuals and one’s x-rays and exam for his limping... $1200 .... BUT...
          we continually have big bills... a few months ago it was just over $500... before that it was just over $400... it adds up... and the meds each month... but they‘re worth it

          I think we‘re putting the vet’s kids through college...

          Thank God... Warren has a good job ... because at the moment I’m no help...



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          Kellyc wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • The bill was around $1500.00 when my Shasta girl got pancreatitis.  She almost died.  After that she was on a special diet food that I could only purchase at the vet.  She has been gone for 2 years now and I still miss her so much.



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          Angelcart wrote Apr 17, 2009
        • My last Afghan had to be rushed to the emergency pet hospital and that night was approx. 2,000.  THEN the next day she was taken to her regular vet.  That was an additional 900 PLUS her prescriptions.  

          I miss not having a dog terribly but since the kids are gone and we have no pets then we are free to hit the open road a lot more than we used to be able to.



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          Jodi Geiger wrote May 28, 2009
        • My highest bill was the price of a nice economy car back in 2003. Our dearest Dicky had lymphoma and we did very aggressive treatment to kick it out of him. His chemo and medications were over the top for 2.5 years! He had incredible quality of life during this time even with the drugs/chemo. We also did homeopathic remedies - and every type of organic, natural food supplement.
          Just recently we had to pay for emergency spleen removal surgery on Dora and within 3 weeks our other boxer Petey needed to be put down- front lobe brain tumor - thougth is was the glaocoma. Anyway - since I have no 2 legged children - my husband and I do WHATEVER it takes to make them healthy, better and happy - they give us so much pleasure. All of them were from rescue groups (boxer) and have in their early life gone thru much hardache which they shouldn’t have to do in their teen/adult life.
          My next life - I would like to be one of my dogs!



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          Oxsanawellness wrote Jun 2, 2009
        • Dear Fabulous Ladies! I’m reading all your posts and crying right now ... and in the same time I’m very grateful for all of you, ladies, that you out there ...somewhere ... helping those amazing creatures and loving them... God bless you!
          Dear jodiginaz! I’m so sorry for your baby frown, in 2003 we lost our CoCo to LYMPHOMA as well, though she didn’t lived long after the diagnosis, only a week, and all that week she was in the hospital, we were paying more than 1,000 a day (transfusions and staff), and still at the end of her week there we needed to let her go frown, doctor said that there’s no point for her to suffer and “sucking our money” - precisely his words. it was SOOOO hard to let her go.
          and 5 years later we had another one diagnosed with cancer, this time angiosarcoma, terminal one. but to find out we went through all kinds of test, petscan, so it was about 6,000... and still we have huge bills all the time, we have 3 mastiffs now (and those two we lost were mastiffs too. But it’s our babies, what can you do? thanks God I’ve got great husband, he loves them as much as I do, and he also provides, for them too happy. Oh, and all our dogs are rescued. to me, that’s the only way... and, yes, we don’t have “two-legged” children either. I liked the way you put it, jodi, i’ve been calling them “my furry children“, doesn’t sound right, ha?



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jun 2, 2009
        • They are better than children sometimes.  At least in my household: they will not have traffic tickets or auto accidents that make my insurance goes sky high; they will not throw a tantrum (when my son was young, OMG!); much much more....estatic



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