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Old 11-06-2007, 01:29 PM   #1
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What we do for our pets...

Well, I just jot back from picking up one of our "girls" from the vet. Not any vet mind you, but a veterinary ophthalmologist...

Our 12 year old Min Pin suddenly got cataracts in both eyes within a month. She essentially became blind by the end of October... but have no fear, they can fix this, right?

So, $650 in diagnostic tests last week, and $2800 in surgery / hostital / and med fees today, our little girl is back home and drugged up...

Jeez... and I thought the Yamaha Generator I bought last month was expensive....

Now she can see!!!

We'll need to watch for irritation, and treat the acute early glaucoma they found on the left eye...

OK - now back to the savings plan for all things aluminum and canine....
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:39 PM   #2
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Poor kid! She must be so happy to see again. How long until the collar comes off?
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:54 PM   #3
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Well, good for you. It's miraculous the things they can do for them now. She'll appreciate it!

Believe me, after spending our summer with doggie oncologists and radiation treatments, we know what you're feeling (only a whole LOT more)!

They're worth it!
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Old 11-06-2007, 02:09 PM   #4
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Poor kid! She must be so happy to see again. How long until the collar comes off?
She'll be getting HBO, Cinemax, and ESPN for the next 3 weeks!!
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Thumbs up He Made Us...

He made us buy him a new AS so he could enjoy his "leisure time" more!
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Our girls are part of what lead us to buy a trailer. It was getting hard to find hotel rooms that they were happy with.Now that we have an Airstream we can all go anywhere together.
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The $13K dog

My red head Golden is half way through his radiation treatments - 19 total. That's after the MRI, surgery, CT scan and chemo. There will be more CT scans later.

Did I mention that the hospital is located in Boston? Just a short 200 mile round trip - every day - for an 8:00 am appointment. Up at 4 am, out by 5 am, 5 hours on the road, and an hour waiting on a hard wooden bench.

Beef heart, kidney and liver treats, special home cooked anti-cancer diet of ground sirloin - the love I get unconditionally - PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!

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We can empathize...but you know, you get back much more than you give to these furry little critters. We have spent a small fortune on one our Cockers, Annie, keeping her as healthy and happy as possible...she was a rescue, and only after we'd completely fallen in love with her did we find out she had bad knees (surgery on both back legs) and a mega-esophagus (paralyzed esophagus) and paralyzed larynx (neck surgery to tie back one of her paralyzed vocal cords so she could breath better)...putting her at chronic risk for aspirated pneumonia, which she has had numerous times...she has been to the vet so often that she knows where her cage is and she just goes to it. She is almost 13 now, and the vet calls her our miracle dog because "meggies" don't usually live this long. We have stopped adding up the expenses we've incurred...somewhere well over $13,000... But we took her on when we adopted her, so she's our responsibility... and we will do what it takes as long as we are able. We're just happy she has become a happy and more-healthy pup. She also is responsible for us getting into RVing in the first place because RVing allows us to take Annie and her sister Sadie with us...to get away when we couldn't before because we couldn't leave her with anyone... And they both love to go. Annie's pic below...she's become accustomed to the good life!

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Old 11-08-2007, 03:00 PM   #9
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Our previous Cocker had diabetes and I gave him injections of insulin twice a day for 4-1/2 years. He, too, had cataracts and I know too well what it cost to have them removed. He would have loved camping, but unfortunately, he had kidney failure the summer before we got our Airstream just before he turned 15. He was my best friend and there was nothing I wouldn't have done for him. My wife still doesn't know how much the cataract surgery cost.
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I feel for ya. I am one of the ones that has been there as well. My Sheperd mix had surgery when she was about 12-13 years old for an intestine blockage. Turned out to be cancerous, but given her age, I opted not to put her through any type of radiation or chemo since they felt based on the cut, that they got all they could see.

Penny lived nearly 2 years beyond that surgery, having just recently released her back in early August. Her small tribute page can be found here:

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Having her go under the knife was a hard decision, but even in retrospect, it was the right decision. One cannot simply throw a life away just because it's banged up a bit. When we take on the responsibility for our pets, it just doesn't stop when they get really sick. Many folks told me to just put her down. My decision cost me $3000.00. If I hadn't done it, it would have cost me a lot more.......
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If I hadn't done it, it would have cost me a lot more.......
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:02 PM   #12
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Great support and feedback

Thanks for all the support and feedback for our little one... It's good to know that I'm not the only one that will spend $$ on my "kids". As others have siad before, I feel responsible to make her life as comfortable as possible. At 12, I figure the surgery to remove the cataracts was well worth it as she still pretty active for her age.

She was having a rough time of it yesterday. Turns out the 12mg of Tramadol twice a day was a bit too strong for a 5 lb dog... She was so knocked out she couldn't even stand, eat, or drink....

Only after a call to the vet explaining what we saw did the vet realize that the dosage was a bit high for the weight....

So, now she just tries to scratch, eat, and drink with her "satilite dish". Its kinda sad to see, but a tough love she's gonna have to deal with as a small trade off to getting her sight back.
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I'm reminded of an episode of Frasier when Eddie had to wear one of the collars and Frasier was trying to catch up on sleep and had asked his dad to keep Eddie from barking. He came out of the bedroom exclaiming that he had asked them to keep Eddie quiet and they put a mega-phone on him!
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Here is something a friend sent me about dogs:

A Dog's purpose (from a 6-year-old).
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> >
> >
> > Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish
> > Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners Ron, his wife Lisa and their
little
> > boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a
> > miracle.
> >
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> > I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we
> > couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia
> procedure
> > for the old dog in their home.
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> > As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good
> for
> > six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might
> > learn something from the experience.
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> > The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family
> > surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last
time,
> > that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes,
> Belker
> > slipped peacefully away.
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> >
> >
> > The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty
or
> > confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud
> > about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane,
who
> > had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'
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> >
> >
> > Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me.
> I'd
> > never heard a more comforting explanation.
> >
> >
> >
> > He said "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life --
> like
> > loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old
> > continued: "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to
stay
> > as long."
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> >
> >
> > Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
> >
> >
> >
> > Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
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> > When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
> >
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> > Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
> >
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> > Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure
> ecstasy.
> >
> >
> >
> > Take naps.
> >
> >
> >
> > Stretch before rising.
> >
> >
> >
> > Run, romp, and play daily.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
> >
> >
> >
> > Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
> >
> >
> >
> > On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
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> >
> > On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
> >
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> >
> > When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
> >
> >
> >
> > Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
> >
> >
> >
> > Be loyal.
> >
> >
> >
> > Never pretend to be something you're not.
> >
> >
> >
> > If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
> >
> >
> >
> > When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them
> > gently.
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> >
> >
> > ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
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