A vet bill too big for such a little dog
Last week Chaya fell down the stairs and broke her front leg and dislocated her shoulder. It was a freak accident as Chaya is 10 years old and a very healthy little dog. Her owner, Maryann, has had her since she was a baby and refers to her as her “little girl; her love; her life”. Maryann has only her disability income and pension but gets by. After x-rays were done the estimated vet fee she was quoted to pay for Chaya’s surgery was $4000, funds that Maryann did not have. She was therefore given three options; a.) surrender the dog to a rescue group or humane society to have them pay for her surgery (or maybe even be put down) but would go another home after the surgery was completed; b.) go the somewhat less costly route and have her leg amputated (although operating on the leg would make Chaya a healthy dog again) or c.) have Chaya euthanized. Imagine if this was your dog, some would say that they could pay this with no questions asked, but for many such vet fees are completely out of reach!
Over the last two decades veterinary medicine has made huge advances as to what is available; more diagnostics and treatment options (in fact the same ones as for people!) have become available. With this of course come higher prices for vet visits. Those who can pay are the lucky ones but those who cannot are left in the cold, even more so their dog or cat. Pet insurance can also be pricey. On one hand we see this development as wonderful; finally our pets can get the same treatment we get! However on the other hand we foresee a huge dilemma with the ever increasing costs. Will veterinary treatment become something only for the wealthy and not for all? Will those who cannot pay such amounts have to go without the love of an animal and just listen to the barking of the neighbor’s dog next door? Will all this the discrepancy of those who can afford pets, and those who can not, cause further friction in our society regarding pet ownership? Will we continue to call ourselves “mom” and “dad” for our pets but if it comes to paying the bill we are merely “well to-do” or “not so well to-do clients”? Will we continue to call putting a pet down euthanasia even if this is for exclusively financial reasons and not for suffering that could not be relieved yet the animal, after an hour of surgery or so, could be a perfectly healthy again? And if we continue to call this euthanasia, this killing purely for financial reasons, will this one day affect the discussion regarding assisted suicide or euthanasia for humans as well? Also will there be people who are just too cheap to pay their bills, from now on and come to us rescue groups wanting us to pay the bill they cannot afford? Will Vets take advantage of this and then refer them to us, as has happened before, and will the fact that rescue groups pay drive up costs? So many questions… sorry, we do not have the answers either but would like to hear your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Desperate to save her dog Maryann asked us to help Chaya and we did; an act of compassion. A lucky little dog is at home, resting, healing, surrounded by the love of her “mom” .In 6 weeks or so she will be running around again as a very much loved little dog and most likely won’t even have a limp. We, as a charity, rely on the public to assist us in our work and couldn’t do it without supporters like you. If you feel we were right for not allowing Chaya to die and were right for making MaryAnn the happiest woman in the world, please show her we all care by making a donation so we can continue to help those in need. Not everyone can foster, not everyone can donate their time to volunteer however if many, for the simple reason of kindness, donates a little bit this will go towards paying this vet bill off. If you choose to do so please mark your donation with “Chaya ” please and thank you for helping us help others.