Not too long ago I (we) spent over $5000.00 (US) to have surgery done on one of our pets. It was a tough decision. He (Pippin) needed surgery on his neck to have bone fragments removed from between the vertebrae. $5000.00, for a dog. YES, a dog. And a very well loved part of the family. Pippin had the surgery and has been doing great ever since.
Earlier this week Pippin had some bumps on his head, neck and back. So, I took him to the vet for a check-up. Dr.John (our veterinarian) took samples of the bumps and sent them to the lab for testing. The next day he (our vet) called.
Pippin has cancer. He is going to slowly die as his body succumbs to a nasty disease. I know. It's "just" a dog. To us, it is one of our kids. Knowing the outcome is going to be very hard. For me.
He has little time. He will be comforted with steroids in hopes that it shrinks (slows) the process. But eventually I will have to say good-bye. This is very hard knowing what's ahead. I haven't been myself since that phone call.
We love our pets.