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        07-29-2010, 04:19 PM
    So what's the price?

    Alot of us have been there and since it was a recent experience for me I'd like to know some of your thoughts on it.

    Your horse is sick, injured, whatever. The vet gives you options, treatments, places the horse should go, all sorts of things.

    So what's the price limit you have set? How much is your horse's health worth? It's a terrible idea but most of us can't afford to spend a few 100 thousand dollars on vet bills.

    So what's your price?
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        07-29-2010, 04:23 PM
    My limit, even with making payments, is $5,000.00.

    When my dog needed bloat/torsion surgery, it cost me $3,000.00. It took me months to pay that off, and I feel anything over $5,000.00 is just too fiscally irresponsible.

    After all, I have other animals to care for and a mortgage to pay.
        07-29-2010, 04:27 PM
    Yea, when Liberty got sick I had three options.

    1. Take her to the university which meant solitary isolation costs, 24/7 care, constant IV's, 2x day bloodwork, and pain killers/meds.

    Estimated Cost: Thousands for under a week if just her, if she foaled while there MUCH more.

    2. Take her to our local vets office which mean all day IV treatments, pain killers, boarding fee, mare care, blood work daily if not more, and painkillers/meds

    Estimated cost: A couple thousand for a week

    3. At home - all IV's myself, painkillers myself, bloodwork daily or every other day, catheter put in by vet, Loooooong nights up.

    Estimated cost: 600-800 for the week.

    Mind you those estimates were high enough, the actual vet bill on Liberty was for only TWO DAYS of treatment at home, not the SEVEN they estimated and was just under 900.
        07-29-2010, 05:19 PM
    For me, its about 1200 more than 3000 with payments.

    Its such a hard decision. Especially when the future is unknown. I've known people who have poured thousands into a horses colic surgery (one horse had 2 surgeries and it cost 6000) and then the horse passes away in post op. While I have loved all of my horses...the ones who have been with me a long time and those who have been with me a few months. I can't afford to sacrifice my childrens college fund to keep an animal alive.

    I hate having to be the adult to make those decisions. Its one of those grown up things that I hate.
        07-29-2010, 05:46 PM
    Let me add an addendum to my post. That high price is for a young animal.

    My dog was only 2 y/o when she had bloat with torsion. Had she been an old dog, I'd have had her euthed. I figured at 2 y/o, she was still young and deserved a chance at having a long, full life.

    I know I made the right decision, because she'll be 7 y/o in October and hasn't had any major medical issues since. She's a Great Dane, so even with great care she's unlikely to live past 10 y/o.

    I have a 24 y/o gelding, as well as a 12 y/o and a 6 y/o. The 24 y/o would be euthed before I'd put him through an expensive, risky surgery. The 12 y/o I'd consider it depending on prognosis, and definitely for the 6 y/o if he had a decent chance to recover.

    It's tough playing God, but younger, healthier animals have a better chance of survival and recovery than the oldsters.

    I know it might seem cold hearted to let the oldsters go without trying, but I'd rather they had a quick, calm death than risking death on the operating table, or a prolonged recovery period.
        07-29-2010, 05:52 PM
    I agree SR. Nico is 10 and in the prime of his life so he is right in the middle. That makes it super confusing. If he had a good chance at a normal life, I would cough up the cash. If he had a less than desirable chance at a mediocre life...I don't know that I would.

    On a side note...those Danes are expensive, eh?! Mine had to have the ligament in his hind leg repaired. (vet compared it to a humans ACL) $1200 and the dog will eventually blow out the other ligament from over using it. Either way, he will always walk with a bit of a limp. He's just so cute though!
        08-02-2010, 10:26 AM
    Danes are walking vet bills, that's for sure!

    Amazing dogs though, and I'll probably get another one once Lexi passes. Their personalities are just so intense.
        08-02-2010, 10:28 AM
    No set price. Depends on the critter, the issue, but mostly - how would they deal with the recovery process.
        08-02-2010, 10:31 AM
    They are super amazing. My dad calls Peewee a "Poochle", half pooch, half people. Sorry to thread jack but heres him as a pup.
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        08-02-2010, 04:28 PM
    Cori, typical Dane pose!

    Lexi's a brindle. She's a show quality dog that I just happened to buy as a house pet.

    Lexi's dam's breeder (not Lexi's breeder) was extremely disappointed that I didn't want to show her.

    Even at 6 y/o, she's still an absolutely stunning dog. People are always drawn to her like a magnet.

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