Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis



Saturday, May 31, 2008

Owning animals is expensive

This evening I saw this article: Nine Lives, with the Bills to Match. The article discusses how pet owners are keeping their creatures alive longer these days, and consequently spending more money on pet care.

I've definitely felt that pain. When Cleo developed feline hepatic lipidosis, a kind of liver failure that is also known as fatty liver disease, I paid a pretty penny to get her well again. Although I cared for her at home, rather than hospitalizing her or having a feeding tube surgically implanted, I still had frequent doctor's visits, special food and IV bags, and diagnostic tests to pay for. I can only imagine what the bill would have amounted to if I weren't able to care for her at home!

This article, as well as other things that are going on in my life right now, reminds me of how important it is to make sure that you don't keep more animals that you can afford to care for. I know people who even delay getting their pets vaccinated because they can't afford it, so what'll they do if one of their pets needs serious medical attention?

This article is right: Pets are living longer now. We've realized that many conditions, such as fatty liver syndrome, don't have to be fatal for animals — or, perhaps, vets realized that conditions like this are good opportunities to make money off of attached pet owners. Regardless, you should never own a pet for which you cannot afford, or are not willing to pay, its medical expenses.

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