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How far would you go to save your pet

Here is an article i stumbled on today, wondering how far would other people go to save their pet.

Hanover, Germany, - October 26, 2010. Cat owner Thomas Raetsch poses with his cat 'Maxi' in his flat in Hanover, Germany.

The cat is supposed to get a kidney transplantation in the United States at a price of 7000 Euro.

Thomas Raetsch is determined to spend the money for the surgery. 'Maxi' suffers from chronic renal insufficiency.

Cost what cost, he will pay as no price is high enough to keep his beloved cat.

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Old 27.10.2010, 00:48
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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

For me it depends upon the prognosis for the pet following surgery.

IF the pet will have a good life - not having to be force fed medication after medication, one to help with the trouble and another three to help with the side effects of the one - then I could see going to fairly extensive measures.

On the other hand, if the pet will indeed have to take medications with wonky side effects which would make the pet miserable... I do not believe in "better living through chemistry" (many apologies to the pharma folks around here).



Also, with things like that, it is a little easier a decision (for me) with regard to cats as I will only have an "indoor cat" so there are fewer worries about potty needs while recovering.

I live on the 5th floor of a building with no lift... I can't imagine a lugging a 65lb dog (which is the size of my dog which is with my mother in the US) up and down that many stairs if she starts having potty issues. Whether I'd be physically capable is one thing, the other thing is forcing the dog to go through the stress of being carried.

So, to "save" the dog, the solution would have been what it has become (my dog is currently healthy though)... my mother takes care of my dog and my dog helps take care of my mother. (I do wish it were otherwise but hubby refuses - we are way beyond the "me or the dog" stage of things so it has to be what it is.)
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Old 27.10.2010, 00:55
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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

It depends on whether he is too old to go through surgery and whether his quality of life is going to be affected even with the surgery. Sometimes, the risk of surgery is so great that its more humane to let them live out the rest of their days as comfortably as possible. Also if they are too old to go through surgery that they might never recover and spend their time miserable trying to recuperate.

This is one of the toughest decisions we, as pet owners have to make. I personally will go out guns blazing (no no, not rob a bank) trying to get the money for surgery, if I know that surgery is going to make him right again. At the end of the day, I want to be able to go to bed at night, knowing that I've done my best for him - at the same time, trying to balance it with letting him live and end his life in a dignified manner.

As for house fires, getting swept away by currents and all those possible melodramatic scenarios, no second thoughts there. I will risk my life to save him come what may.

PS: I waded into the cold lake today to retrieve his frisbee because he refused to. Does that count too?
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PS: I waded into the cold lake today to retrieve his frisbee because he refused to. Does that count too?
You are hardcore Doggy didn't join you while you went in ?

As for fire yes..i would go in pickup my bunnies also, i actually always have one petcarier ready for such case.
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You are hardcore Doggy didn't join you while you went in ?

As for fire yes..i would go in pickup my bunnies also, i actually always have one petcarier ready for such case.
I think he would rather be surrounded by a dozen screaming children pulling his ears and tail than get himself fully wet. He doesnt mind wading in to retrieve stuff if the water is only up to his belly, but any deeper, consider the toy lost because the soppy ole' human will get him a new one (or in this case, wade in to get it).
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It depends on whether he is too old to go through surgery and whether his quality of life is going to be affected even with the surgery. Sometimes, the risk of surgery is so great that its more humane to let them live out the rest of their days as comfortably as possible. Also if they are too old to go through surgery that they might never recover and spend their time miserable trying to recuperate.

This is one of the toughest decisions we, as pet owners have to make. I personally will go out guns blazing (no no, not rob a bank) trying to get the money for surgery, if I know that surgery is going to make him right again. At the end of the day, I want to be able to go to bed at night, knowing that I've done my best for him - at the same time, trying to balance it with letting him live and end his life in a dignified manner.

As for house fires, getting swept away by currents and all those possible melodramatic scenarios, no second thoughts there. I will risk my life to save him come what may.

PS: I waded into the cold lake today to retrieve his frisbee because he refused to. Does that count too?

I agree with most of what you say. Guess a lot of it has to depend on the vet and how much one trusts him or her. As for fire or a physically risky situation, I think I'd stupidly go beyond my capability to save our furry friend.

And while we're talking about frisbees: a couple of times when the dogpa threw it askew and dog failed to catch it, I had to climb over a fence or walk into someone's yard to get it back. Why couldn't the dogpa get it? Oh, he's so big and conspicuous and he's so shy, apparently - what if he had to ask someone's permission to 'trespass'? So I'm a bit smaller but what am I? Invisible chopped liver?

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I used to work in a specialist veterinary hospital in Sydney. We had an amazing client who owned two collies, to whom she was extraordinarily devoted. One of the dogs was diagnosed with metastasised cancer and the owner enrolled the dog on a extensive program of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and physiotherapy, over a period of about 18 months. And at the end of all that, her beloved collie died. At which point, very sadly, the remaining collie was also diagnosed with cancer and went through the same oncological treatment process.

Total cost: $30,000 (pretty much CHF 30,000).

The owner paid each and every bill without question or complaint (and actually, the bills were discounted in view of her commitmemt to the practice and her dedication to the dogs).

Dogs are man's best friend ... and vice versa.

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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

Josie ( white fluffy bunny that rules the house with her companion Joske) got ill about 1.5 years ago.

We went to the vet in Ireland, spend allot of money on xray, medicines etc but nothing really works.

She is not in pain or so, just more of a discomfort.

We went to the Swiss vet here who took new xrays, funny enough the price here is half the price then in Ireland, and he found what it possibly could be.
This week will have the blood and sample results back so hope for the best.

But when taking the xrays the vet said, " this is the price for xrays and tests, some people say don't do it, other say its my baby , go ahead, do what you have to "

Since Josie is only 4 we decided to go ahead with it, and since she had the correct meds, and tests done, she is much more playful and has less issues already.

At a certain age the only thing you can do is stretch the time a bit, eventually the grim animal reaper will beat you to it.

But will cross that bridge when we are there, for the moment both are young and happy , want to keep it that way
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I live on the 5th floor of a building with no lift... I can't imagine a lugging a 65lb dog (which is the size of my dog which is with my mother in the US) up and down that many stairs if she starts having potty issues. Whether I'd be physically capable is one thing, the other thing is forcing the dog to go through the stress of being carried.
It gets a bit silly when you find the right medication, the 120lb dog regains her health and strength, and then refuses to walk up the stairs on her own after 3 months of getting a lift from poppa. Thank goodness it was only two long flights.
"Let's go big boy! These stairs aren't going to climb themselve's".

In this case I spent a considerable amount of money on a fairly old dog. The kicker was that she died just a few months after regaining her health. It was worth it to me to see her looking healthy again and playing happily in the back yard if only for a little while.

Her health problem (Cushing's syndrome) left her with diabetes. My wife and I left her at a kennel while we spent a long weekend in Scotland. The kennel had possibly given her too strong of a dose of insulin and she died of insulin shock overnight when the kennel had no one on duty.
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Old 27.10.2010, 11:09
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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

I'd go far, very far, if there was a hope in hell that whatever treatment the animal receives actually works.
Sadly I had to draw the line when my old Newf couldn't get up anymore - his back legs just kept collapsing on him. That's when I had to have him put to sleep, because there is no way that I could have carried 60 kgs of protesting dog.
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Old 27.10.2010, 11:18
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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

My neighbour loves his dog more than his family he a a Doberman very old, and it had cancer he spent thousands of Swiss Francs on operations and chemo travelling to Zurich for the treatments all the time, it prolonged the dogs life for a few months then it sadly died, he took time off work to grieve he would sit in the garden, and cry.
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I would pay the 7k to save my cat. Obviously I wouldn't want to put him through pain for my selfish reasons (I know that pets cannot understand why we're putting the cone on their head etc so they become sad). However I'm not sure I believe in putting in much less effort to save them than for a human we're close to.

Also, my cat cost 1200 chfs plus many thousands for food and vet's bills so I'm looking after my investment
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7000 eur? you must be joking? time to take the moggy to ticino and have him fricasséed!

if you really want to do everything for your cat, it probably makes sense to buy insurance to save having to make a heart-breaking decision due to financial constraints.
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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

I would go as far as necessary to save my pet ( do not have one currently) But I feel, if you are not willing to go to great lengths for your pet, whether financially or more, then you should not get one.

Sure there are circumstances - and reasonable doubt - age/chances of survival, etc... I do realize every situation may call for a different decision.

But in my opinion, you should be ready to put all costs. A pet to me is more then just a pet. they are part of the family.

And as Phil said - Pet Insurance is a good option
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I would go as far as necessary to save my pet ( do not have one currently) But I feel, if you are not willing to go to great lengths for your pet, whether financially or more, then you should not get one.

Sure there are circumstances - and reasonable doubt - age/chances of survival, etc... I do realize every situation may call for a different decision.

But in my opinion, you should be ready to put all costs. A pet to me is more then just a pet. they are part of the family.

And as Phil said - Pet Insurance is a good option
can you recommend a good pet insurance? Thanks
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Apparently, average spending on healthcare for companion animals is between CHF2000-3000. This is from memory, and I think it reflects lifetime spending.

According to this article, the average amount pet owners spent before deciding to end a pet's treatment or choose euthanasia was $576 in 1997.

I've got a soft spot for our moggies, and would spend significantly more if required.
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can you recommend a good pet insurance? Thanks
No idea about pet insurance in Switzerland, but there were decent options in the U.S. so cant help here
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No idea about pet insurance in Switzerland, but there were decent options in the U.S. so cant help here
The Mobiliar Insurance Company offers pet insurance
http://www.versicherungs-offerten.ch...Fcs63godU2ZKhQ
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Re: How far would you go to save your pet

I would go as far as any member of the family as to me your pet is such an important member .
Call me an old softie but if after treatment there was a good quality of life for your beloved pet - I would go to the end of the earth to get the cash to finance the vet's fee.
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with meat prices in Switzerland....
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