Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 10/13/2013 2:22:12 PM|
My Sister has a 9 yr old Chihuahua. The dog is overweight and according to my Sister, has a little bit of arthritis.
My Sister's dog is literally unable to walk w/o medication. We don't know the name of the medication.
Tomorrow, she is taking her dog to the 4th vet in 2 weeks. From what we know, the last 2 vets said her dog, "T", has a neurological disorder. My Sister refuses to consider the diagnosis for "T".
I've done a little bit of research and it seems quite possibly the dog could have such disorder. However, I thought I'd ask the WDTPT?
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|Posted: 10/13/2013 2:40:31 PM|
I'm a firm believer in second opinions, but there is a limit.
I have two resources here for top notch specialists. One is a specialty hospital where they have an internal medicine department, an oncology department, ophthalmologists, orthopedics, etc. In other words, it is not a place to go for a normal checkup. Not only does it have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally, our own experiences there have been excellent. (It isn't cheap.)
The other choice is one of the top veterinary schools in the country, about an hour and a-half drive from here. They specialize in oncology and heart. Vets from all over the world go there to study.
So, if you have a specialty place as an option - that she would trust - that might be something to suggest.
If she won't believe the diagnosis, well, there is nothing you can do, really.
Doxie Pea Mom
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 10/17/2013 8:50:15 AM|
My Sister's dog has a problem with his neck. In order to correct the problem, the little dog will require ($5,000) surgery.
Mary Kay Lady
I'm thinking . . .
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|Posted: 10/17/2013 9:03:37 AM|
$5K for surgery on a dog? I know that I wouldn't be able to afford that. I'm sorry.
Turning holy water into wine
Loc: Hanging out by the state line
|Posted: 10/17/2013 9:29:04 AM|
I thought I'd ask the WDTPT?
If it were me I'd look at the overall quality of life the dog had and if I felt it was poor or quickly declining I would euthanize. I have seen many animals suffer for long periods of time because owners could not let go. I have also seen people put themselves in serious financial positions for their animals. To me neither is okay.
|Posted: 10/17/2013 9:33:37 AM|
What would I do? Spending $5K on a pet is not on the table. So I'd talk to the vet about quality of life and decide when or if I had to euthanize my pet.