we had Maggie for 5 years. her age was unknown since we adopted her from the shelter at witch she was abandoned. she was perfectly healthy since we had her. on December 23 she was still playing and showed no sign of health problems.
then around 10pm she screamed when we picked her up. her stomach seemed to hurt. but she had eaten normally that day and showed no sign of any problems. the next day she did not eat, but did drink water, did not vomit. she slept pretty much all day but would still walk around to change bed's and follow us, drink, go pee... so we didn't worry too much.
on December 25th she did not eat when we got up and seemed still tired. she did drink water and did not show any major signs of major health problems. but seemed very tired and walked slowly. so we went to the vet expecting to leave there with a pill or something minor.
waited for a while in the emergency room. then they transferred us to the vet's room. we where waiting in the room and she lying down was on the "work table". we noticed that all of a sudden she started breathing heavily and pooped while lying down. I put the poop in a latex glove in case they wanted a sample.
one of the workers passed by and noticed this. she immediately alerted the doctor. the dr came in and took her to the operating room without even saying a word. 2 minutes later she called us. Maggie was already plugged on tubes and stuff. she had a scanner on her stomach and a syringe full of blood.
she said the black spot in her stomach was blood, probably from a tumor that had broken, and the syringe was blood pulled from her stomach. she said it would cost 5000$ to stabilise her. then she would send a sample to see if the tumor was cancer or not. we had about 2 minutes to decide. she said if we don't do anything now she would have a heart attack. we do not have 5000$ to stabilise her (plus the cost of curing the tumor... it would come to around 8000$ if it was not cancer).
so we said to put her to sleep so she would not suffer. we did not expect that and were in shock. so I did not really question much (check her heart rate..).
does this make sense ? shouldn't she have proposed a less expensive option ? it cost us 500$ for her to stay 10 minutes with Maggie and put her to sleep. and only proposed a 5000$ option within 2 minutes ?
I fell like she treated our dog like an old t.v. we lost our loved dog on xmas day. could it be that she just wanted to get rid of us to go to her family ? is there a way to see if we were treated fairly and not like a customer bringing in a t.v for repair ?
Maggie is the white bichon maltese in the picture