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Dude 06-07-2006 06:48 PM

Bummer and a big decision...
Well, our little dachsund hurt her back somehow yesterday, so I had to take her to the vet today. Well, 400 dollars later, she is now on steroids and has to be in solitary confinement for 6 weeks in her kennel and can't move.

The alternative is a 3000 dollar surgery that involves an MRI.

If that route has to be taken, well, she's an 8 year old dog. I'll never spend that. Honestly, I was pretty reluctant spending the 400 today to tell the truth. But, unfortunately it is my wife's B-day today, and to put down her little Dixie would have been heartbreaking.

I cannot believe I just spent 5 hunge on a dog, I really can't. Hopefully this does the trick, because the next step is well, you know. :(

Baron von BeeGee 06-07-2006 07:17 PM

Crap...really sorry to hear that. To be honest, it was relatively recent in life that I even realized people spent that kind of money on pets (even cats!). Where I'm from you always got a broken leg or something fixed, but you'd have been committed if you were to take a pet in for cancer treatment.

Still, people get more than attached to their pets and I understand that.

Cheesefood 06-07-2006 07:30 PM

When you purchase a pet, you purchase a small tragedy in the making. My wife is psychotic about our dog, and I know that when Cookie's day comes, my wife will have to be put on anti-depressants. I mean, I'll probably cry too, but my wife won't be able to handle it.

Good luck with your pooch and let's hope she gets better.

Dude 06-07-2006 07:37 PM

I have to be honest here, I saw enough animal death growing up, that it wouldn't hurt me to do the job myself. The thought of it sucks, but I'll be damned if I'm going to pay more money for the final deed. Now I'm certain that SWMBO will over-rule that decision, but.....

I look at it this way, it is a DOG. The dog is getting old, and it can be replaced. Am I f'ed up thinking that?

SBN 06-07-2006 07:39 PM

Bad day, Dude. Dachshund's are prone to back issues, as I recall, but it's a tough decision nonetheless. I went through a similar situation a couple of years back with a 14 yo cocker spaniel - it wasn't until the dog couldn't stand on his own that my wife would accept things. Sort of tough for me, too, but I don't want to see an animal suffer. I grew up on a farm, she didn't, but it's a little different when it's a pet.

Make certain the dog isn't in pain when this treatment is finished - the decision can be emotional, but knowing the dog is suffering will help with the Mrs. buy-in.

Sorry if this sound a little harsh, but there are so many pets abandoned or in shelters today, waiting for homes, that I'm just not a big fan of taking extraordinary measures. Anyone's definition of extraordinary will vary....


Cheesefood 06-07-2006 07:40 PM

I'm a pet lover, but I understand the distance you put between humans and pets. There are a lot of people who love their dogs, but don't quite equate them as members of the family.

Do the deed yourself then, just don't let her find out. Ever.

SwAMi75 06-07-2006 07:41 PM

Damn, that sucks. :( She really has to be locked in her kennel for 6 weeks? That's rough. I know what you mean about it being Leslie's birthday and all, but Dixie's getting up there in years.

Let's hope she gets better!

SwAMi75 06-07-2006 07:42 PM

As for doing it yourself......I think I'd let the vet do it.

timdsmith72 06-07-2006 07:44 PM


Originally Posted by Dude
I look at it this way, it is a DOG. The dog is getting old, and it can be replaced. Am I f'ed up thinking that?

No. There was a poll on some TV station the other day asking if your pet was very ill, how much you'd spend to try to save it. SWMBO looks at me and says, "If it were Milo, (her dog) I guess I'd spend about $3,000 to $4,000 if they'd let me finance it. What about you??" I said, "New cat costs $50." I would never, ever spend that much money on a pet.

david_42 06-07-2006 07:53 PM

Understand, my doxie ruptured a disk when he was about 6. I opted for the surgery. I had the money and I was already on anti-depressants. Dogs are certainly replacable, I replaced him 7 years later when his health degenerated. I had to put my godlie-mix down about six months earlier. Bad year, very bad.

I would not have had the surgery done if the prognosis had been bad, but I got him to the vet less than 12 hours after the injury and the surgery had a 90% chance of a full recovery.

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