What Do You Do When Your Pet Gets Old?

…and you can’t afford the expensive treatment the vet is telling you she needs in order to stick around a couple more years?

Rose the six-toed-cat
Rose is 14 years old. A trip to the vet last week showed that she has hyperthyroidism.  The treatment options are change her diet to a low iodine food, give her a daily medication, or have a very expensive radiation treatment that we honestly can’t afford and doesn’t come with any guarantees.  It would in all probability heal this particular problem, but the vet said that sometimes cats will go into kidney failure after the treatment.  The daily medication will end up costing as much and it doesn’t heal, only maintain.  Plus I’d have to fight her to get her to take it every day.  But if we don’t do anything, she will, in the vet’s words, “waste away.”

How on earth are people supposed to make decisions like this?  My husband, who really is the one footing the bill, won’t tell me no, no matter how much of a strain on him and our finances it is, because he never wants to disappoint me.  Even if it gives him a stroke.

2 Replies to “What Do You Do When Your Pet Gets Old?”

  1. Definitely a hard decision. Do you trust your vet? We have had excellent vets in the past but also ones who seem to push medication and treatments and it seems more like they want the $ instead of the true well being of our family pet. Maybe a second opinion and then perhaps google some natural remedies. Regardless, it’s hard when our family (even pet family) gets older. We always want the ones we love to be happy and healthy. Best wishes in your decision.

    1. Thank you, Alexandra. This is our first time to see this vet; she comes highly recommended in the community though. That’s a good idea about looking into natural remedies:)

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