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    Default Please tell me I am doing the right thing

    Am still dealing with glaucoma in an older Chessie bitch. Repeated the laser surgery today, and have racked up at least a $6K bill to save the vision in her only remaining eye.

    She is the sweetest girl around, looks/runs like she's 6-7, and has not been fazed by any of the procedures so far. I am rationalizing this because she has done so much for us for so many years.

    Help me rationalize . .

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    It's only money. If you can swing it, and it gives her a quality of life you both can enjoy, why not?

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    Only you can say what the right thing is. If she is special to you, I wouldn't find it shocking to spend that kind of money to help her have quality of life. I shudder to think what I wouldn't have spent to help my old dog if I could have helped him.

    I hope you get some peace with your decisions.
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    Money.....it's a tool, like a gun it can be used to do good or it can be used to do harm.
    Long after it's gone, or while it is owed, and worked to be paid back.
    What will stick with you is what you did with it. Did you do Good ?

    I have regretted alot of things in my life, NEVER once, have I regretted any money I spent on my animals well being.

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    Older, like she's 14 - 15? I'd need to think about it.

    Does the $6k take food out of your children's mouth or cause you to skip a couple of mortgage payments?

    Or, is the $6k something you can handle without too much burden?

    The tragedy would be if this is pocket change and you didn't do it, or if you had to choose between treating the dog or feeding the kids. (Even then, I'd find a way to do both! Maybe come clean with your vet and ask if you can work something out.)

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    Quality of life is what's important-for her and for you.

    If the money is enabling her to have a good quality of life, it is well-spent if you can afford it without resentment.

    If you look at her and see her vet bill first-if you are starting to feel like you are spending the money because you have to, not because you want to-then you need to look at that.

    There is no right or wrong answer here-just what will give you the best memories. Be true to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2-Dogs
    Older, like she's 14 - 15? I'd need to think about it.

    Does the $6k take food out of your children's mouth or cause you to skip a couple of mortgage payments?

    Or, is the $6k something you can handle without too much burden?

    The tragedy would be if this is pocket change and you didn't do it, or if you had to choose between treating the dog or feeding the kids. (Even then, I'd find a way to do both! Maybe come clean with your vet and ask if you can work something out.)

    Just MH,impoverished,O regards,

    Mark
    She's 12, I have no kids (except the ones I teach), am not going to skip out on any bills at all to do this, but I am looking at the fact that I may be postponing the inevitable - even the 'cures' do not last forever. I am just hoping they last long enough for her!

    Don't need to come clean with the opthamologist for anything - he's installing a shunt as we speak. Just don't want to put us all through this if it's not going to work, and looking for some support.
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    Here's the thing....

    These talented animals give us their all without expecting very much in return. The "return" that we commit to them is to care for them as long as we have them, whatever their needs may be.

    You are bidding to improve her quality of life. Period. End of story. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    Surgeries like this hold no guarantees save one: you have made the effort expected of you as an owner to do your best by your animals. It's people like you who strengthen the bonds of ownership and commitment given by us all.

    Bravo, Sondra.....bravo!

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    Sondra-

    I never once limited Kate & Bailey's vet expenses as they got older. Ultrasounds, x-rays, medications-whatever it took to keep them happy & healthy was a priority. My house could look a whole nicer if I hadn't put the $ into them, but things are things. I'd have given anything I own to buy a few more years for both of them. What you drive or what you wear or live in-the tangible stuff-is cold comfort compared to the love and loyalty of a dog. I'll take a walk in the woods w/ an old dog over a trip to a shopping mall any day.

    If you are making that dog happy-it's worth whatever you spend and besides- that why Kennel Boy puts in the long hours he does-hehehe

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    If your vet is telling you that the procedure is doable, her prognosis is good and this does not create a financial burden, then there is no reason not to do everything you can for her.

    I've always been told and found it to be true that you will know when it's time for that final decision. From what you've described here, this doesn't sound like that time.

    Good luck with your girl. May you and she enjoy each other's companionship for years to come! No way to put a price on that.

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