Last week I shared a story about some of the remarkable organizations that offer financial aid when pet owners can’t afford veterinary bills. That post was inspired by a reader who was having a rough time paying for the ongoing treatment of her disabled dog and from the response the story generated I realized this is a problem for many pet parents.
Many of you left touching comments about your personal experience taking care of a disabled pet on a budget and the struggles it caused. Those stories left a big impression on me and made me feel sentimental about the days when I took care of Sophie. It reminded me of the financial decisions my family had to make regarding our paralyzed little girl. I wholeheartedly sympathize with your dilemma and congratulate everyone who is working through the problem.
Maria L. is one of the pet moms who shared her personal story. She explained how difficult the past year has been for her family and their cats and dogs. They have opened their home to numerous pets with health issues and have taken care of each one even when it became a financial strain. I was so impressed with Maria’s efforts to save her animals that I decided to share her story with you.
Hi. Our family reads all your stories, but this last post hit home. We have many furry kids in our home that are elderly and need lots of medical care. Never have we asked for help. We have always been able to manage to pay the bills one way or another, but it was close this last year.
Three of our pets went through a lot of health issues and in the end they went to the Rainbow Bridge. This wasn’t because we didn’t have the money to pay. It was because all that could be done had been done for them. During the year I did have my moments wondering how I was going to pay for the medical care, but we managed.
Our cat Teddy had a tumor on his heart and colon problems that had been there for a long time. Ginger, our German shepherd, had a stroke and then had complications after. Our cat Gwen also became ill and stopped eating. When the treatment she was receiving was not working, we had to make the decision to let her go.
Our family is broken but healing because all three of our pets passed within this last year.
We have other furry kids with health problems. Gojira is a black cat with diabetes and Nayeli is a senior German shepherd with severe arthritis. Sienna is a fantastic shepherd mix we rescued from abuse, Itty is our youngest cat and Princess is a feral cat we kept after I started doing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) in my community.
Our family has no regrets, we live on a tight budget but it’s worth it, it really is. We have lots of happy memories and experiences. Each animal has taught us so much that made us better human beings.
Thank you again so very much,
When I started writing Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog I knew the process was going to be a journey that would take me places I could never expect. Meeting pet parents like Maria is definitely one of those experiences.
I’m in awe of people like Maria who take in sick, injured, abused and elderly pets and make them part of the family. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many of you who are like Maria and spend every day taking care of a treasured pet or even a whole houseful of fur kids. I congratulate all of you for the love and dedication you show dogs and cats with special needs.
As for my role in all of this, I promise to keep searching for resources to make your life easier so you can give your disabled dog or cat a safer, better and longer life.