We love our pets, am I right? The indecision of cancer treatment for your pet can be overwhelming, though. Some people who have the means will do everything they can for their pet and some will do nothing. Then, there are the people who do not have the means and will put themselves in big debt to help their pet. You still have those that will do nothing.
For those whom will do nothing, this article is not for you. That is your prerogative, unless your pet is suffering. If your pet is suffering and you are not willing to help it at least give it to a shelter. Let them help it and find a better home for it.
If you have the means to get your pet into the best hospital around and the best medicine available, then this article is not for you either. You are amazing and should adopt more pets. You are lucky if you never had to think twice about your pets care.
The Indecision of Cancer Treatment for Your Pet?
This article is for those that have pets, love your pets like family, but are faced with the indecision of cancer treatment for your pet. Not just cancer, any operation can be expensive. I am here to tell you not to feel guilty if you cannot get your pet everything it needs. If you have to decide to feed your family, including your pet, or getting your 8-year-old dog cancer treatment, your family comes first.
A standard course of chemotherapy costs between $3,000 and $5,000, and radiation treatments used for brain and nasal tumors run between $6,000 and $10,000. Costs vary by region and the type of cancer, among other factors.Dec 18, 2015 www.cbsnews.com/news/the-heartbreak-and-high-costs-of-pet-cancer/
Some veterinarians will work with you and make a payment plan if you are willing and able to do that. Other vets want payment at time of service and many of us just do not have that kind of cash lying around. That means we have a decision to make. Do not let your vet guilt you into doing the surgery or treatments. This is your decision to make. Factor in the age of the pet, the quality of life they will have with and without treatment. Sometimes treatment can only extend their life for a year. Ask your vet about making payments. Do everything you are able to do, but do not feel guilty if you are unable to do very much or anything at all.
Did You Do All You Could?
You are going to feel sad at the loss of your pet, but never let guilt be an issue. Sometimes a pet is just an animal, but you need to eat, your children need to eat, you have bills to pay (I’m not saying eat the pet, that’s just how it sounded).We have to put ourselves first. I know several pet owners that will gladly go into debt to save their pet. That is their choice and if their children are getting what they need, who am I to say anything.
Now, you can always set up one of those charity websites. You know, the ones where celebrities beg for money to pay their bail. Don’t be insulted if you do not raise enough. I think the celebrities have tapped everyone out.
Basic care, shots and fixing are very important. If you can’t afford the yearly shots or getting you pet spayed or neutered then I would reconsider a pet that requires it. Those are things that they need, like child vaccinations. They are preventative and will save you money in the future, gut costly surgeries are another matter. If you have given your pet the best care you can afford, and the best years for that pet, be comfortable with that.
Feral Isn’t Better
The average life span for feral cats and dogs is approximately five years; there hasn’t been mush study on that subject. Yes, they have lower occurrences of obesity and diabetes, but a higher rate of mammary cancer and parasite contracted illnesses, they also have a higher rate of starvation. So, the years you can give to your dog or cat are still better than them being feral. So, when faced with the indecision of cancer treatment for your pet, or any other life saving treatment, do not feel guilty if you cannot do more to help them. Do what you can and know they had a good life with you.