Originally Posted by mysteriouspoet
Before I came here, I only had experience with my family (neglectful). When I came here, I realized that there are people who care as deeply about their companion animals as I do. I always thought there was something wrong with me, but no, it's my mom and other people who don't give pets proper care who are messed up.
You wouldn't keep a sick child away from the doctor--why do people inflict this abuse on companion animals? I'm mad at my mom, and jerks who think it's okay to just let animals get sick and go without health care.
i hear ya. i had a dog in highschool, he cut himself on a metal object and it turned into a big lump. i urged and urged my mom to take him to the vet and she just kept saying she couldn't afford to, but she always seems to have cash for cigarettes
anyway he started developing big liquid-filled lumps all over his body. i asked around and looked it up online and figured out it was probably nothing serious, just an absess that would need lancing and antibiotics, nothing too expensive considering. she still wouldn't take him. i went away for college and wanted to take him with me but couldn't afford to, and shortly after i moved she called me to say she finally brought him in and he'd gotten so sick that it would cost a fortune to take care of so she just had him put down because "he seemed unhappy"
i'm not sure i'll every fully forgive her on that one.
i think she felt horrible about it though. she got another dog a while ago, an adult that needed a home badly, but recently he started having trouble getting up and down the stairs and limping. she brought him to the vet right away and had xrays and everything and had him on meds... despite the cost. anyway they found nothing wrong with him and think it's the beginnings of arthritis or back problems (common in his breed- dachsunds aren't recommended for homes with a lot of stairs, my mom's has 5 flights)
anyway she didn't want him to suffer but couldn't afford to keep bringing him to the vet and getting painkillers for him and is working longer shifts now, so rather than put him down or leave him at a shelter she found him another home where there are no stairs, a big fenced back yard and kids to play with. he's really happy there and is even taken to the nursing home his owner works at to visit with the patients, who adore him... she misses him horribly but it was the best thing for him.
anyway sorta off topic there but i just feel like people who can't afford to take their pets to the vet regularly or if they get sick... should not have pets. there's always another way, there's always a way to scrape up the cash, and if there isn't, find them another home where they'll be better cared for.
on a side note, is a fecal test really important to do for an indoor cat and does it have to be done every year?
my cat has an appointment next week, he hasn't gone in a while, i'm not sure what he needs to get him up to date on his shots, and what other tests i should have run. he's getting older and i want to make sure i take him more regularly now and run any tests necessary to make sure he stays healthy.
also he's mad at me right now, been peeing on my stuff lately, he's really going to hate me after the appt