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The Story of a $5,000 Veterinary Bill

PugWe never want to think about something catastrophic happening to our pets, but the truth is, it happens. And while the expense of saving our beloved furry friends is hard to put priority to, it can be expensive, which only leads to more stress and worry. One pet parent recently wrote about her unfortunate experience on Yahoo Voices.

One day Terry Mulligan discovered several hard lumps on the tummy of her pug Drea. A trip to the veterinarian it was determined that the lumps were cancerous and surgery would be needed to remove them. Because Drea was such an important part of Terry’s life, the decision to move forward with the surgery, while expensive, was easy – she wanted the best chance to give her dog as long and happy a life as possible.

Unfortunately, five weeks later the lumps grew back and after several tests it was found that the cancer had spread throughout Drea’s whole mammary area. The prognosis was not good – it was evident that the cancer was going to take Drea’s life and there wasn’t much that could be done. So Terry proceeded with expensive pain killers that would at least give Drea the best quality of life possible as she neared the end of her life.

The tumors because so large that they required special antibiotic ointment and shirt coverings to keep them clean. Eventually, all the treatments and care stopped working and Drea had to be euthanized to end her suffering.

The total bill came to over $5,000 and plunged Terry into debt. While she says she would do it all over again, it’s a good reminder that pet insurance would have helped save Terry the financial strain of this incredibly emotional and trying time.

We wish Terry the very best as she mourns the loss of her furry friend and send best wishes to Drea as she meets all our other special friends who have been lost.

View the whole article here.

About Heather @FamilyAndFur

Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue. Google+

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