Mr. BFS and I own two dogs right now. Mr. Pug is a 100% inbred Pug that we adopted in 2009 from PugHearts Rescue and he is around 9 years old. I write about him the most since developed allergy issues in 2010 that cost about $2000 to clear up over a year and he still has to take a daily steroid pill and eat special vegetarian dog food since he is allergic to meat, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn. Miss Doxie is a Dachshund mutt that we adopted in 2005 from the Houston SPCA. She is around 15 years old and has never had many problems. But she had surgery yesterday.
Quick Miss Doxie History
Miss Doxie came to us in 2005 pretty healthy except for her teeth. We spent a few hundred on her then to have some rotten teeth removed and the rest cleaned. Since then, her only vet bills have been for basic checkups and pneumonia that Oreo gave her a couple of years ago. She has the very beginnings of cataracts, but there is nothing they can do about it at this stage. And she has had a lump on her belly for a few years. They did a quick scraping in 2009 and made a guess based on a microscope view that it was non-malignant cancer. Since she didn’t seem to notice the lump, she was 12 years old, and it was growing slowly, we decided to ignore it unless it started hurting her.
$500 in a Week
Last week (the Sunday before this past one), she started licking at the lump regularly and actually licked a raw spot on her skin by the end of the week that looked really red. So last Friday, I took her to the vet to get a general checkup and to ask about removing the lump since it was obviously annoying her at least. They agreed that it needed to be removed, so we scheduled her surgery for yesterday and they sent her home over the weekend with some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines to take to make sure the infection wouldn’t spread in the 4 days between visits. So Friday’s vet visit was around $130.
Since she was being put under anesthesia, we decided to have her teeth cleaned for $40 yesterday as well (they had a $25 off special for February). Between the pre-op liver and kidney checkup, the anesthesia, the lumpectomy, the teeth cleaning, the vacinnations she needed to be current for the surgery, and the post-op pain meds, the total bill came to about $370.
Was This Stupid?
So I spent $500 on a 15 year old dog over the last 7 days and have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I hope this means that she won’t be in pain because of that stupid lump. I also think that we have the responsibility to take care of our pets. But I am not sure if lumpectomies on 15 year old dogs are exactly in that category.
For example, they asked to charge an extra $35-$50 to have the lump sent off to find out if it was malignant or not for sure and I declined since the point is moot. If it isn’t malignant, I just wasted $35-$50. If it is malignant, I still wouldn’t pay for cancer treatments. So, it really didn’t need to be checked out. I have no mental hang-ups on that decision…but the lumpectomy and all of the other stuff…I don’t know.
Anyway, as I try to point out in all of my pet posts, please remember that they cost money and time. I am a huge fan and proponent of having pets, but make sure you can afford it before jumping in. If we didn’t have spare cash for pets, we wouldn’t have them. I’d suggest that for anybody.
So, what say you? 🙂 $500 well spent or well wasted?
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