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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 04:02 PM
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4. Yes, it used to be cheaper to have a pet.
They were considered disposable commodities years ago. Maybe we are crazy to get so much more attached to our animals these days, or maybe it has to do with the availability of vets and specialists, but we feel an obligation today to our pets. On a personal level, I will do what I can to help my fur babies if there is hope of a healthy life in the future. On a personal level, I have.
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  -Big money goes toward our furry friends The Straight Story  Apr-17-11 02:28 PM   #0 
  - That's kind of absurd  WatsonT   Apr-17-11 02:43 PM   #1 
  - $1000 isn't all that much money for medical treatment for a pet these days  Silent3   Apr-17-11 04:03 PM   #5 
  - "Snap its neck and send the same amount of money to a human charity? "  WatsonT   Apr-17-11 08:30 PM   #12 
     - $1000 may be a lot, but it's hardly "limitless"  Silent3   Apr-17-11 11:51 PM   #17 
        - If you can't afford to euthanize it you shouldn't have the animal  WatsonT   Apr-18-11 08:06 AM   #20 
           - If you're drawing the line at $1000, however...  Silent3   Apr-18-11 10:37 AM   #25 
              - Well I guess to some people a thousand is pocket change  WatsonT   Apr-18-11 11:44 AM   #26 
  - How much of your income goes toward the poor?  Big Blue Marble   Apr-17-11 04:04 PM   #6 
  - Hahah, wow  WatsonT   Apr-17-11 08:29 PM   #11 
     - I spent $10K in one year on one cat (he's still healthy, four years later)  REP   Apr-18-11 12:40 AM   #19 
        - As I said initially  WatsonT   Apr-18-11 08:08 AM   #21 
  - $1000 isn't outrageous. Owning a pet is a big responsibility.  kestrel91316   Apr-17-11 04:35 PM   #8 
  - True, some have their priorities a little mixed up. I love my little pooch, but  demosincebirth   Apr-17-11 05:01 PM   #10 
  - Pets are like members of ones family.  Terra Alta   Apr-17-11 08:32 PM   #13 
  - Past a certain point . .  WatsonT   Apr-17-11 08:38 PM   #15 
  - my pets are the only children I will ever have  Sen. Walter Sobchak   Apr-18-11 12:35 AM   #18 
  - There is nothing absurd about it.  LisaL   Apr-18-11 08:13 AM   #23 
  - I couldn't afford to do it,but have no problem with people that do.  virgogal   Apr-17-11 03:36 PM   #2 
  - I have pet insurance and it is reasonable.  undeterred   Apr-17-11 03:55 PM   #3 
  - Yes, I had VPI.  RebelOne   Apr-17-11 04:43 PM   #9 
  - Yes, it used to be cheaper to have a pet.  Curmudgeoness   Apr-17-11 04:02 PM   #4 
  - Largely because treatments are available now  WatsonT   Apr-17-11 08:39 PM   #16 
  - For people like myself, too sick to care for a human child ...  Akoto   Apr-17-11 04:11 PM   #7 
  - There really is such a bond between pets and their owners.  Terra Alta   Apr-17-11 08:34 PM   #14 
  - "Big money goes toward" is a completely odd way of expressing "Pet-owners spend money....."  WinkyDink   Apr-18-11 08:09 AM   #22 
  - I've had extended and explicit conversations with the vet about what we're willing to do for and  Brickbat   Apr-18-11 08:31 AM   #24 
  - If only it were that cheap for human healthcare.  Shagbark Hickory   Apr-18-11 11:48 AM   #27 
  - I actually think this is good news. Nt  xchrom   Apr-18-11 12:34 PM   #28 

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