I remember vaguely this discussion glancing by at a former time but I
think some good points are being made and getting lost as they're
intersperced on the 'quitting lists' thread so I'm taking the liberty of
separating it out.
I am a 'bad example', as the breeding and showing of dogs has been a
life's vocation for me and so it's been a primary budget item for over
twenty years and I do not have a husband or children, and I do have a
paidup very old house, so I have a bit more leeway than some people.
So I don't 'matter' in a discussion like this except to say that one,
I will approve treatment until IMO it hits the point of clearly
diminishing returns and also, I want to note that I think in some
instances of euthanasia decisions we're a lot kinder, in veterinary
medicine, than we are in human medicine.
Someone, maybe it was Sarah and maybe not......my memory is fuzzy on
this....made the point that at one time in her life she took in an
animal she could not afford to treat because it was a choice of giving
that animal a good life for as long as it lived versus it not having any
life at all. Could well have been someone else.
I also agree with ReptileHealer that you have to be able to afford to
have a pet to keep a pet.
But where is the middle range? I think we all have to decide that,
in terms of our individual budgets, other family members, and
necessary priorities. I don't think anyone can 'chop' anyone because
they're ready to bite for a $200 bill but not a $500, or a $500 but
not a $2000. And I never would condemn anyone who had $100 to spend,
or less, but was 'saving' an animal he or she would treat with loving
care vet bills notwithstanding, meetable or not.
Today, in the Philadelphia area, the Emergency Clinics, God bless
them, the 24 hour open ones, the very few, are minimum $300
walkins.......that's if your dog gets hit on the road at midnight.
(Though why he should get hit on the road is another matter entirely,
at any hour.)
In the big cities, most vets won't let you 'pay it off', like doctors
and dentists they have little signs, no billing, pay for services as
rendered. Good reasons for that....take it from one who knows too
well. My vet has been 'stuck' with five cats this year so far.
Price got too high, owner figured vet wouldn't kill the animal, so,
disappeared; I guess he/she thought that decision was in the
best-but-necessary class of choice.
I've gone on too long.
All I'm saying is that I would not think I could decide how much money a
person had to have to have a pet, in good conscience.
If this thread is worth weaving, here it is.