ANSWERS: 31
  • yes, pets are a very important family member.
  • nope, i can barely afford that for a human, much less an animal.
  • yes definitely
  • Absolutely, even if I had to get a 2nd, 3rd and 4th job and all were cleaning bathrooms at busy McDonalds.
  • No, I've had a big vet bill for a dog that went and died anyway, so as much as I love my pooch I'd have a tough time swallowing even a $1,000 vet bill. Lucky a very good friend is a vet.
  • Can't afford it. We did spend about $4,000 on a six month old kitten who broke his back leg. But $15K? That is a lot of surgery on an animal all at once and that means that survival is really iffy. When our frail 17 year old cat had an intestinal blockage of some sort that was killing her, the vet, (not our regular one,) recommended surgery. We declined and put her down. The risk of dying anyway was quite high and it would have been very hard on her in any case. She died in our arms with our love, not on an operating table with strangers.
  • Yes. My pup is a part of my family. I already had to eat $3,000 for a blown ACL. He's made my life happier. I couldn't abandon him if he had a chance to live longer. The only way I'd say no is if the surgery would leave him utterly miserable.
  • No. The most I ever paid at one time for my dog was $400 for eye surgery. She did cost hundreds of dollars over time, but if I had ever been handed a bill for what she would cost me over her lifetime, I would never have agreed.
  • i don't think so - all beings die sometime, and if it's my pet's time to go, then that's it. if i had to pay $50, then i might see things differently, though.
  • IF I had the $$$ to do so, YES .
  • I would do everything in my power to raise the money to do it. I've already spent thousands on my dogs...thank goodness it wasn't all at the same time! lol But my little one has kidney disease and I've already spent $4000 in the past three years to keep her alive and as healthy as she can be.
  • A family member of mine is currently paying a huge some of money around $10,000 to save her dog. If it were me, I would if I could! This question reminds me of something else on my mind. Going to post the question lol.
  • That is a hard question to answer effectively because thank God it hasn't happened. And I hope it never does.
  • Let me put it to you this way; I have never earned more than $22K gross in a year. We damn near lost our apartment after a $400 vet bill. It's not that I don't love animals, and I would if I could, but would you be willing to sleep on the streets and not eat or buy clothes or anything, not even the co-pay for a doctors visit, for a full year to save your pet?
  • Thankfully, I haven't been hit by a bill that large, but I did spend $7,300 on orthopedic surgery for a cat that I adopted. I had the money, so I spent it, and do not regret it at all (still -- ouch). But in Gus' case, he needed hip surgery to correct a congenital defect. He was a little over a year old at the time, and I was assured that the surgery would fix the problem permanently and relieve the pain he was in. That diagnosis and prognosis turned out to be correct. I know some people will think it's stupid to spend that kind of money on a cat that had been abused and abandoned before he was rescued, and that I adopted. (My Dad said --- jokingly, but truthfully -- that I could get another cat for free.) But he's my buddy and, when this happened I was in a position to afford the surgery. Part of me thinks that's why he ended up with me -- because I was in a position to give him what he needed. It's a little after midnight right now, so I'm headed off to bed soon. He'll do what he always does -- curl up on my shoulder and purr while I sleep. :-) No complaints.
  • If the vet told me he/she could save my dog or cat for sure (provided my dog or cat would recover and live well), yes, I would.
  • To each his or her own. :)
  • Once upon a time, i could have afforded that, but i balked at the price, i'm sorry, that's just too much, but we opted for a less expensive procedure that basically got the same thing accomplished. This was by a 20years experience vet that actually knew what he was doing. SO our 14k surgery was done by a $900 procedure. Tragically, that vet had a heart-attack on his boat and died at 52, so we are now stuck with the 'other' vets, for whom even a visit to their office is $100.
  • If the vet said "this will save you cat/dog" yes i would!!
  • Faster than you can say puppy.
  • i wouldn't pay 500 to save my dog. I could afford it sure, but no thanks. a dog is a dog.
  • i love my ferret but i couldn't pay that, thats about a years salary for me, i can't even take my self to the doctor. if i had the money to spend and wouldn't be put in dept or left unable to care for the human members of my family then yes i would. howerver, if it was for my mothers yappy little rat dog i'd pay that much to have it put to sleep.
  • No. I can't even afford to pay my own medical bills which are way less than that.
  • My mom and sisters probably would. I don't think I would. That's a chunk of change right there.
  • I love my dog, but I don't know if I would pay over $1000.00 for his bill.
  • If I had the money to spare, I might, depending upon my pet's age and general health, and depending upon the probable outcome. Also, if the after effect would leave the pet crippled or in another condition that would just be cruel to leave it in, no.
  • O Hell yeah they are a family member
  • As much as I love my pets, I would not be able to afford that cost. As someone else stated, it would truly depend on the cat/dogs age and condition. I have spent well over $1k in treating a beloved dog but that was several visits. If I had all the money in the world that I could use to pay for such a Vet bill and I could afford my own healthcare, I would do it in a heartbeat.
  • My family spent more than that to give our now deceased dog another 10 years of life before she passed. At least she was able to live the rest of it with loving people.
  • if i had it to spare , yes!
  • Although I love my dog very much, I would not pay that much to keep him alive. Dogs and cats as well as other animals kept as pets have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years the thought of paying a vet $15,000 to keep an animal, any animal, alive is rediculas. Another pet can replace it and will soon be loved as the current pet. Common since should come into play here and I do not believe anyone eventhough they say they would will pay that much to keep an animal alive.

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