18 June 2007

The dogs....

Well, things are not looking great on the dog front. Nala seems to be doing really well with her acupuncture. She's moving a little better though she is really stiff in the morning. Rocco however, is another story.

Just a quick recap; Rocco had a mast cell tumor removed in November and another one removed in February. Both times his chest x-ray was clear indicating the mast cells had not gotten to his internal organs. Well, last week I found 2 more lumps on Rocco and a little fat deposit he's had for 8 years is now growing. I'm afraid it's back. The only way to be absolutely positive is to do a biopsy. The problem with that is that any irritation of the lump can cause a reaction. Last time the tumor burst open after the biopsy. Hubby and I have decided there will be no more surgery. He's been through 2 in the last 8 months and each time it's a little harder on him.

The other consideration is the cost. We've spent over $3000 on him in the last 8 months due to biopsy, chest x-rays, surgeries, etc. We can't keep throwing money at what appears to be a losing battle.

When the dogs were all young I first heard about pet insurance. At the time they were young and healthy and I thought we wouldn't need that. Now, 10 years later, I wish we'd gotten it. It would help with Rocco's tumor bills and Nala's hip problems. I jokingly refer to them as the million dollar dogs. We haven't spent quite that much on them but it's close.

Also, in the last 10 year veterinary medicine has made huge advances. There are now specialized vets, just like people doctors. Heck, Nala goes to an acupuncturist!!! Health care costs for pets has gone through the roof and it's only going to continue to climb. Did you know I could get Nala's hip replaced for about $6,000?? If I had insurance on her I might consider it. Now, of course, it's too late to get insurance for them. They are too old and have pre-existing medical conditions. If I knew then what I know now........

One thing you can absolutely count on. The next puppy I get is getting insurance right away. I'd really rather pay the premiums (which aren't that high).

1 comment:

Dances with Corgis said...

So sorry to hear about the pooches! :(

Could you post some pics of them?

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