I don't know the upper end of ours, although finances are in pretty tough shape these days, and we have two 11.5 year olds. We have in the past spent 2000+ on removing a kidney from the mother of the above 2 when she was a little older than they are now. Got us 2 more years with her, and she was a very special dog to us. As custodians of many rescue Irish over the past 6 years, we have had 2 fosters that needed exra ordinary care. Jerimiah came to us at 2 years old. Had such a severe infection in his left ear that a total ear ablation had to be performed. He lived for another 3 years and was lost to cancer...osteosarcoma. The adoptors talked about amputating the affected leg, but we determinded that realistically, it would only buy him another 6 months at best. Our current one is an 8 month old that is constantly underneath me. She usually lays under my chair as I type, but is playing with a stuffie right now. I fact just bounced in the room, threw the stuffie into the air, caught it, pounced on it, then pounced on a different one, and raced away with it. Such a clown. Her vet bill at Texas A&M right now stands at 1100+. She has an appointment the second week of Feb. to do the surgery to fix a hole in her heart. Total will be around 2600. when we're all through. We're very lucky with the rescue dogs that fund raisers and donations really make this sort of thing possible. We have a couple families that donate 500 or more a year to the fund. The former co-ordinator for our group has said that she will fund this heart surgery. Irish Setter Club of America Rescue is likely to chip in for up to 1000 of it. Texas A&M has a program that we have applied for, that might pitch in for some of the cost.
Now these are extreme situations. Most will never see these kinds of illnesses to deal with. But these are the types of things we need to be prepared for in case one of our four legged family members gets sick. Is the animal insurance worth it? I don't know. Like any insurance, heath, car, home, we buy it, and hope we never have to use it. It is what it is...insurance for the most terrible things that could happen. Sorry for the rambling. Jim.
Home of Irish Setter Rescue of North Texas
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At a minimum, I'm Pentatoxic...but most likely, I'm a Pentaholic. There seems to be no known cure. Pentatonix, winners of The Sing Off, season 3