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Old 10-23-2009, 02:44 PM
 
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Good estimates. Another perspective: end of life costs may skyrocket. Our Golden was dx'ed with lymphoma and we are currently paying up to $1k a month for treatments. We're draining some savings for that, and thank goodness it's just us and our pets, no kids. She's still happy so I can't let her go while the quality of her life is so good.

The quality of our wallet and savings is, however, another matter.

My advice: Go for a mutt, not a purebred. They tend to have fewer health problems. And definitely buy pet insurance. I'm now wishing we had.
Diertac ~

I'm so sorry to hear your baby has lymphoma. My Border Collie lost a short battle against it a year ago. She become sick and quickly deteriorated. She was with us for about 2 1/2 weeks once she started showing signs of illness.

The only option we had was to make her comfortable. There was nothing our vet could do. She did let us know when it was time to say goodbye to her. It was a very hard day and we still miss her dearly.
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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Before purchasing Pet Insurance, read everything you can! Many of the policies are terrible and don't cover squat. There are ones that only cover basic vaccines and that's it! Also watch out for pre-existing conditions. Some policies will exclude numerous things because of health issues that certain breeds (purebreds) are prone to.

I have a purebred Yorkie, a Puggle (rescue -half Pug and half Beagle), a Black and Tan Coonhound Mix (rescue also), and 5 cats who are all from a local shelter (2 of them were kittens I fostered). The Yorkie has MUCH higher maintenance than anybody else! Beyond the vaccines, heartworm, and flea/tick monthly things she has to get dentals done which are $$$$$$, grooming (over $100 a month so I started doing it myself), special food because she is picky and will not eat most commercial food. Yup, she's spoiled.

There's the cost of a crate, toys, collar, leash, fencing for your yard, chewing things - bones, treats, Kongs, puppy pads, etc. Many shelters include the basic vaccines and some include spaying/neutering. If they don't, it can be a few hundred for the surgery. Females cost more than males in general.

There are also things you'd never think of having to deal with. My Yorkie is a carrier of Lyme Disease. She gotten bitten by a snot nose tick at some point in her life. She hasn't (thankfullY) developed the disease. However, she has to get tested every 6 months and when her numbers change she gets a 2 month course of antibiotics. Not cheap! So you never know what will happen after they are with you for awhile.
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