Vets say many pet owners are cutting ...

Vets say many pet owners are cutting back on care

There are 59 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 4, 2009, titled Vets say many pet owners are cutting back on care. In it, Newsday reports that:

The dog -- a 2-year-old female chow mix -- had been vomiting, and also had diarrhea and a high fever, for several days.

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The Dogman

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Apr 4, 2009
People have an obligation to give their pets adequate veterinary care. Never have more animals than you can properly care for. It wouldn't hurt if the veterinarians' fees were more reasonable, here on LI it is off the hook, compared with many other parts in the country.
Curious George President

Bridgeport, CT

#2 Apr 4, 2009
Even Rover is feeling the effects the out of control spending by O'man and the other free spending liberals in Congress.
Maybe they can find a way to tax animals.
Deb

Far Rockaway, NY

#4 Apr 5, 2009
This is so sad, sometimes all people have is their pets. Kent does a wonderful job, they used to have a free spay/neuter program for feral cats, which I participated in a few years ago, and the people I worked with would collect money to make a donation, too. If there are any animal lovers left with money on LI, I would suggest a donation to Kent. For animal owners who can't afford to lay out cash for treatment, there is Care Credit card, ususally you can pay off the bill over six months with no interest.
Thai Sticks

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Apr 5, 2009
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
Looks like people have pets they can't afford either. First it's children, then it's the pets. Selfish morons want things they can't pay for.
I don't often agree with you, but I do here.

The difference is, you'd think people PLAN having children and would thus be able to afford them. So many of these obamamaniacs feel entitled and know the government (that's US) will take care of them and their out-of-wedlock kids with welfare, food stamps, section 8 housing, and being on ACORN's payroll for doing nothing.

With all this stimulus welfare some funds should be earmarked for the animals in our care that need help!!!

BTW, what ever happened to our savior obama's pledge to get his kid a dog?? I for one pray they don't, because it will not have a normal, happy life.
bill

Mount Vernon, NY

#8 Apr 5, 2009
I think pet rocks are ready to make a comeback
Thai Sticks

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Apr 5, 2009
**** above would be A N I M A L S

why would the commies at topix/newsday censor that word??????
Curious George President

Bridgeport, CT

#10 Apr 5, 2009
Deb wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, we are suffering from the effects of his predecessor: the unduly elected chimp. His brother ruined the economy in the Southwest in the 80's, the chimp did it nationally. Notice, their rich freak friends are still rich.
Actually you are misinformed,yes dumbo Bush started the mess with his 1.4 trillion liberal spending in 8 years,but o"man the clown spent 4 times that with his liberal gaylord barnie,pelosi,reed and DA da Dodd in 8 weeks.
2 wrongs don't make a right,what part of reasoning makes you think you can spend your way out of a recession increasing entitlements and not job stimulus.75% of the stimulus does not go to job creation.
Time will prove either you right or my view.
Hyper inflation is devestating to everyone except National debt.
Beleive me I hope your right,but than god gave me a brain,combined with what history has shown,and the mid stream economists say and they all point in the same direction.
ECONOMIC DISASTER
abcdefg

Bronx, NY

#11 Apr 5, 2009
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
Looks like people have pets they can't afford either. First it's children, then it's the pets. Selfish morons want things they can't pay for.
Your parents should have aborted you. There'd be more air to breathe and they'd have more money to spend on themselves.
Clear thinking

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Apr 5, 2009
What about Palin's daughter?

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#15 Apr 5, 2009
My vets charge reasonable fees, and are willing to make a payment plan. Spaying and neutering is also available free or at a very low cost.

I have 2 cats now (that's a gif of my 3-legged male, Calley, in my avatar), but have had has many as 5 at one time.

It pays to shop around and compare prices with vets. Pet medical care is like shopping for any other product or service.

Be a smart shopper and take care of your pet.

Remember, these animals belong to God, and He is only loaning them to you for a short time for you to care for them.
Sam

Smithtown, NY

#17 Apr 5, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
My vets charge reasonable fees, and are willing to make a payment plan. Spaying and neutering is also available free or at a very low cost.
I have 2 cats now (that's a gif of my 3-legged male, Calley, in my avatar), but have had has many as 5 at one time.
It pays to shop around and compare prices with vets. Pet medical care is like shopping for any other product or service.
Be a smart shopper and take care of your pet.
Remember,**** belong to God, and He is only loaning them to you for a short time for you to care for them.
Dude, you said the dreaded A word, A N I M A L. So bizzare this day and age where the mere mention of our four, three, two and legless friends would be sensored in cyberspace.

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#18 Apr 5, 2009
why would they censor the word "a*n*i*m*a*l*s" ?!
Honch

Nesconset, NY

#19 Apr 5, 2009
I salute the Vets. They defended our country. Maybe people should listen to them.
Maybe they do know alot about animals?

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#20 Apr 5, 2009
Honch wrote:
I salute the Vets. They defended our country. Maybe people should listen to them.
Maybe they do know alot about animals?
You're a weirdo.

And I want to remind EVERYONE To get their pets vaccinated AND microchipped !
A Pet Lover

AOL

#21 Apr 5, 2009
I have had 3 experiences with Vets in the last 2 years. My Daschund needed back surgery...had to take him to Plainview to a specialist...$4,500 - they even wanted me to pay for a week of him as an inpatient in their Physical Therapy. I can't even imagine how much that would have cost.

Next I had a 15 year old cat. The Daschund didn't like him and got to him when we weren't home. The cat was in severe shock, and his body temp was way low. I rushed him to the Emergency hospital in Selden. He was on an IV, had 1 x-ray, was in a warming bed, and they did 10 mins. of "chest compressions" CPR. The cat was there for less than an hour...$666, yes I agreed to the fees, I wanted to save my cat, but come on.

Last was the other day at my regular vets office. My dog split one of his toe nails. They wanted to do surgery to the tune of over $900 - for a Toe Nail!!! They offered for me to get a second opinion at the Emergency Hospital in Selden for no exam fee (would be $95), because I was paying them the exam fee. I went to Selden for the second opinion...$20 was all. They numbed the area and trimmed the jagged nail. In the meantime my vet still charged me $172 for the exam fee, antibiotics, and anti-inflammitory. So $192 later for a friggin broken toe nail.

No wonder people are not taking there dogs and cats to the Vet these days. Who the hell can afford it. I have insurance for my 3 dogs and pay $75/month for it, but I have a $100 co-payment and have to meet a deductible, and only get re-imbursed 80%.

I can't afford to take my dogs to the vet for there regular shots..it would be over $500. I am going to take them to Kent Animal Shelter for about $60 each, and bring a bag of dog food as a donation. I will still be ahead!!
S Carton

Woodbury, NY

#23 Apr 6, 2009
I put my dog down ( 15 years old) in Nov.. I will never buy another pet because I don't want to be ambivalent over the cost of care. I realize vets pay a lot for med school, but their fees are outrageous. We will look back at this time in economic history and see that the cost of higher education changed lives in a very negative way. Easy credit allowed college education to go up 400% since 1990. I would luv to see some of these underworked, overpaid professors jobless.
Pat from Babylon

Washington, DC

#24 Apr 6, 2009
With the cost of pet food soaring along with appropriate VET care, it's no wonder people are giving up their pets. i have 2 cats and feed several strays. I buy in bulk at Costco and check flyers for lower cost pet food. Walmart has some of the best prices.
do it

Bronx, NY

#25 Apr 6, 2009
Curious George President wrote:
<quoted text>Actually you are misinformed,yes dumbo Bush started the mess with his 1.4 trillion liberal spending in 8 years,but o"man the clown spent 4 times that with his liberal gaylord barnie,pelosi,reed and DA da Dodd in 8 weeks.
2 wrongs don't make a right,what part of reasoning makes you think you can spend your way out of a recession increasing entitlements and not job stimulus.75% of the stimulus does not go to job creation.
Time will prove either you right or my view.
Hyper inflation is devestating to everyone except National debt.
Beleive me I hope your right,but than god gave me a brain,combined with what history has shown,and the mid stream economists say and they all point in the same direction.
ECONOMIC DISASTER
you arent very bright are you? think why would the president have to spend billions of dollars in his first 10 days of office? bc the dope he preceded left office (without a care in the world), leaving behind sunami of economic disater.

there was an article the other day stating that one of the most influential economists of our age has said that this type of spending is the only way out of this mess.
GodLovesUsAll

Mill Neck, NY

#26 Apr 6, 2009
Daniel P from Long Island wrote:
why would they censor the word "a*n*i*m*a*l*s" ?!
Because they are assuming you are talking about african americans.
really

Oakdale, NY

#27 Apr 6, 2009
Would to God some of these money hungry vet industry people would have a "bare-bones-approach " to helping the animals in need and sparing some of the owner's money. The "pet industry" is just that - an industry. James Herriot well forecasted the ugly picture way back when he wrote of this in his books.

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