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I cried for two days straight watching my poor American Eskimo nearly die of a bilateral pernial hernia and I decided to save his young life and incur the $8580.00 debt...has anyone else been in the same or similar situation and have you tied fundraising? I am looking for support.

...please feel free to message me!

 

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No donation sorry:( because i have been in same situ myself a month ago, and now some finance company owns my ass till i repay it all, with a lot of interest.

And the operation does not look to have been a success, yet the debt remains.
I have always sworn i would not do this (pay stupid amounts to save a dog), yet when faced with PTS/Operation choice, i keeled and paid.

Now i am telling myself, i know i made the wrong decision. I feel stupid, as i save up money, ontop of repay loan payments, to take my dog back to surgeon to be told what i strongly suspect, operation has not worked.

Good luck on donations though, this is a great idea!
 

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I am really sorry to hear that the surgery does not sound to be a success.
I think when presented with this decision there are so many factors to consider. For myself, the considerations would be:
- age of dog
- success rate of surgery
- rehab involved (length of time, cost, frequency)
- need for meds and/or surgery again in the future
- quality of life with vs without surgery

This is such a personal and case-specific question. I had a dog that required a $7000 surgery plus there were extra costs for follow up appts, medications and supplies.

I have not done fund raising in the past for my dogs but I think contacting local rescues, shelters, vets, etc. would be a good a resource (they may have suggestions for getting funds, lowering the cost, etc).
 

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Too many times.
I have a mini poodle who be worth a good 10 grand plus in vet bills.
Lost a Border Collie as a young adult to a brain tumour after a long & expensive fit.
My golden boy Bubba amassed about 5 grand & we had to pts on the table after finding his lungs where covered in tumours.
I am very blesses to have a great vet who works with us with the big bills & as long as we make a decent dent before pick up & pay it off reg they fine.
 

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During Champ's first year, he had three surgeries plus a separate spine injury. The surgeries were no biggies because we have a great working relationship with our vets, but for the spine injury, between hospitalization, neuro exam, MRIs, and treatment, it was over 5k. Had it not been for alternative medicine after the neuros/MRIs, we were considering euthing because the options given by the neuro specialist were bleak and at least another 5k. He's only four, and we've probably got 7k in him already just for vetting. It's tough to make decisions like these sometimes, but fortunately we were able to save him. I don't think I could ever put a cap on how much I'd spend on my pets so long as I were financially able or had friends/family that could help.
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I did a fundraiser for my pups surgery a few weeks ago. I raised a ton of money. Go to youcaring.com and set up an account if you decide you want to try that. You can also sign up for care credit to help you pay it off. I wish you and your pup the best of luck. I know it's not easy :(
 

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I think you have to take a lot of things in to account.

With my own financial situation, I would not be able to afford that. However, if my dog has to go under for an Op, then my insurance covers something daft like 80% of the funds. Living abroad with the army I also get 19% tax off. I have paid out for horses before.

Age, success rate, and vets own feelings have really been deciders for me.

We spent a small fortune on our old girl. She survived three years with agressive cancer. The vets predicted 4-6 weeks. She showed them! But when she went down hill, we did every test under the sun.

The vet told us the only other option was to open her up. We decided against it. She had lost the fight, and there was very little more we could do. Financially the five days leading up to being put to sleep meant we scraped every penny together as insurance didn't pay out.

If I was faced with your situation, I would honestly have a long look at it. I am all for helping animals, but I have my own to pay out for and it makes me very hesitant to pay out to others. I wouldn't bankrupt my family for a dog, and that is completely honest. Cruel, I know. But there are mouths to feed.

I wish you and the pup the best of luck!
 

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You guys should look into TruPanion insurance. I never recommended any insurances in the past but after working at an expensive emergency clinic, I've seen dogs' lives saved because of it, including a maltese that was attacked by 3 pitbulls and had a $10K bill. Routine and maintenance care is not covered but emergencies and surgeries like this are covered- 90% of the costs! Pre-existing issues are not covered but there are no blackouts for breed predispositions or age etc. Look into it.

If I didn't get discounts for being a vet already, I would absolutely get it for my own pets. It's what I recommend for my patients at this point. I know it's not helpful for the situations you've already been in but wanted to throw it out there for the future.
 

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I hope to never find myself in that situation because I would have to let the dog die, I would never get a loan anywhere for that amount. And rightly so because loan recovery would be hard at the moment.

It can be very weepy seeing your dog slowly die and not being able to save him due to money issues, but one must consider what other people have said, age of the dog and chances of surgery success.

On the positive side I am pretty certain that another's dog life would be saved when mine dies since I would adopt another one from the shelter at some point.

As for fundraising, you could try Kickstarter.com, I saw someone on this forum setting up a campaign there to pay for his dog's surgery, which also run in the thousands of dollars, and he was not succesful by a long shot, so don't get your hopes too high but you have nothing to lose for trying.
 

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I do not have that kind of money either,even if I sold everything I had and became homeless I could not afford such a surgery. I would have to put the dog down.
Right now I'm very tight on money,I cant do anything. Unfortunately I can't imagine spending more then $3000 on vet bills at a single time,and that's with getting help from family and using up all my savings.
 

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Just this past may, my golden retriever had almost $10k in surgeries and MRIs. He had a tumor located on his spine, and he was becoming paralyzed. The vet told us that with surgery, he'd have a decent chance of living longer and recovering some muscle loss. Sadly, the tumor could not be removed without causing significant nerve damage, and we put him down shortly after.
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Depends on whether our not the dog would have a good quality of life after. $8000 is a lot of money though. I think it would really depend. I can't say whether I would our not as I have never been in the situation. We put my previous 8yo dog down after she was hit by a car and broke her pelvis, they could have patched her up, but she would never be able to run in the bush again. It was what was right in that situation for us.
 
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