(((((((Lucy))))))))). It is so unfair that our animals have such short lifespans in comparison to their human companions. They change our lives in so many ways. It is so hard to watch them get older. I'm sorry to hear that Harper's body is starting to give out on her. I don't envy your position at all. How do you put a price tag on love? On a life? I'm sure she knows that you'll do everything you can to help her not to suffer & won't love you any less if there comes a point where you don't have the money to support her. Animals are so smart and intuitive. She'll let you when enough is enough, and she'll let you know when it is okay to let go.
I don't know what specific heart condition Harper has & what medications your vet discussed with you, but if she's in heart failure, you may want to talk to your vet about
a medication called vetmedin (if he/she hasn't talked to you about
it to begin with). Vetmedin is relatively new in the US, having just been approved a couple of years ago, but it's becoming more widely used. The clinic I work at started using it about
a year ago & we've had really good results so far. Just something to think about
. Also, look around for better prices on meds. Depending on how pricey your vet is, you may be able to find your dogs meds cheaper from an online pharmacy, or even from a human pharmacy. Your vet can certainly call any script
for your dog into a pharmacy as long as it is a medication that is also used in humans. You might also talk about
changing her diet & whether or not your vet has the capacity to do routine blood work & urinalysis in the office, rather than sending the samples to the lab (usually much cheaper). Not all vets have the machines necessary to do the blood work, but any clinic should be able to do an in-house urinalysis.You might also consider talking your vet about
your money worries. They may be able to help reduce your expenses by giving you discounts or exploring alternative treatment options that are more cost effective. Most vets just want to help & can't stand to see an animal suffering. We've written off costs for treatments or meds on more than one occasion. Those are all the words of wisdom that I can think of at the moment.
I hope you can find a solution that works for everyone, especially Harper. Let us know how she does. I'll add you both to my prayers -- it can't hurt! You'll get through this, keep the faith.
Post Edited (skeye) : 12/10/2009 10:56:42 AM (GMT-7)