I love dogs and have been a dog owner all of my life. My sister and I both share a general love for dogs. She is the proud owner of two Schnauzers and I am an owner of a female Belgian German Shepherd.
Last year, my sister took one of her dogs for his routine evening walk. During the course of the walk, a large dog darted out from nowhere and took a bite out of her pooch. She transported him to the nearest Veterinarian Hospital. Upon examination, it revealed a deep puncture wound that caused internal bleeding. Although the x-ray confirmed bleeding, the extinct of the injury could not be determined unless exploratory surgery was performed. The veterinarian explained if surgery was not performed, the dog would succumb. My sister had two choices; to pay $ 3,000.00 for the surgery or to authorize the veterinarian to impose the death sentence by euthanizing her dog. There was one choice for as my sister was concerned; she informed the veterinarian to perform the surgery expeditiously. Fortunately her pooch’s life was spared.
Approximately one month ago, her dog began having projectile vomiting, and significant weight lost. One night he began howling nonstop. My sister took him to a different veterinarian who ordered x-rays that revealed perforation of the intestine. Again, my sister had to make the choice whether to pay $2,500.00 for surgery or to have her dog euthanized. There was no compromising; my sister paid for the surgery. Fortunately, the dog is alive and well. It appeared the dog had a slow bleed due to the injury he sustained a year earlier.
My sister and I worry about injured pets whose owners are unable to pay for major surgeries. According to MSN contributor Kim Campbell Thorton, the state of the economy has affected pet owners. For instance, pet owners are performing their own grooming and they are skipping visits for services such as teeth cleaning.
My sister and I pray one day there will be a network of veterinarians who will offer affordable fees for the average pet owner especially during these uncertain economical times.