If anyone was following either of the past 2 posts/comments on made on the discussion on freemoneyfinance.com, I think the author hit the nail on the head with his third comment:
3. Whatever you’d spend to save your pet, it’s likely that it will be an expensive choice. If you are willing (like many people are) to spend $2,000 or more to save your pet, you better be saving up for it now. It’s a future expense that’s highly likely for many pet owners.
On an oddly related note. I spent a good portion of the day today back posting all the blog entries I had lost when my server crashed a few months back. google had everything still cached apparantly, and I just finished putting back up the 2 posts from when my dog had to be put to sleep. Now that him passing away is months behind me, looking back I still feel like I should of, and maybe could have done more. With that decision comes the need for more money, which is why if your going to have a pet, you should be prepared to have to make some tough decisions, and do what is best for your pet instead of maybe you’re wallet.
I always have a never-ending list of material possessions I would like to own. Right now I really want to get a digital SLR to replace my 35mm one, and on top of that is all the money we are supposed to be saving for our wedding in september. It’s debatable what I would have done financially if none of my dogs medical problems ever existed, but I am willing to bet the rough estimate of at least $15,000 I spent over the last few years of his life would still be around to some major extent. I would probably have that digital camera right now. I probably wouldn’t still owe my mother so much money, since luckily when I needed it, she has always pulled through as being the “bank” and lending me the money I needed at an unbeatable interest rate. Saving all the money that my fiance and I need for our wedding might not even be a problem.
Knowing what I know now, and knowing how many other things that money could have gone to doesn’t change a thing. I would spend that again in a heartbeat if something happened with a future pet, and I still wonder if putting him to sleep was the right thing, or if I should have tried the last 3 tests even though the chances of him even surviving the tests were so slim…let alone the tests even leading to something that could be fixed.
Maybe the real question is how much are you willing to spend on guilt? I guess either way..for guilt or for saving a pet, the end result is still the same. You shouldn’t put a price tag on the people (and pets) that you love, and for that matter, if you don’t love the pet (hopefully not the person either) than you shouldn’t get a pet, possibly leaving its fate in life completely in your wallet