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Pixie the cat had £1,449 of cancer treatment over a blade of grass — 5 Comments

  1. An incredible amount of money for a fairly simple surgical procedure.
    It pays to “vet shop” the same as “doctor shop”.
    Many, many of us have sent out alerts that no vet should be trusted on face value. Being kind and nice doesn’t cut it. Second, third, fourth opinions keep us informed.
    I just had 3 cats with large nasopharyngeal polyps removed and the total cost was $45.00.
    If they had gone to a place like Banfield, the cost would have been astronomical.
    I had very little knowledge about these polyps until now. I assumed that I was dealing with an URI for a while. Now, I could write volumes.

  2. This is a case, like many others, where we can learn something. Awareness is a key to noticing when behavior is different in our companion animals, and ourselves, for that matter.

    Health issues are a symptom of a root cause. A discharge in an animal is a sign that something’s not right, especially if it continues without getting better. I’ve never heard of grass getting stuck in an animal’s nose, but now I know it can happen. I give my cat “kitty grass”, and I’m not sure if the edges are serrated. When I’ve watched her eat this grass, I’ve “noticed” that the long pointy stems could poke her in the eye or the ear. So, now I clip it down a bit.

    I’ve also tried to make my environment “cat safe” by really looking at what could be problematic. I don’t burn candles or incense anymore. I remove breakable items that are within her jumping range. I would do the same if I had small children in my home.
    I view cats and dogs in much the same way, and feel a responsibility to create a safe
    environment by being aware of potential dangers.

    Being a pet “guardian” means to guard and protect.

  3. Rudolph

    We just changed our pet health insurance policy to one that covers $10,000 a year for medical care- such as surgery, testing, etc. It doesn’t cover dental care or wellness examinations, but if our cats need diagnostic testing to clinch a medical diagnosis it will cover that cost- with a reasonable co-pay and annual deduction.

    I was shocked that we qualified for that change since our cats are 14 and 15 years old- but since we had subscribed to this insurance company for many, many years we were able to switch over. As cats get older, as you know so many costly medical conditions can develop.

    I agree with Michael that the overhead of running an excelllent veterinary clinic is extremely high- but at the same time I sometimes am aghast at the huge profits that are made on medications that are so much cheaper in regular pharmacies and on some of the reliable and honest online pharmacies.

    It is a huge responsibility to be a kitty guardian- and one has to know that cats will get sick, or injured. Having to make a decision based on finances is just not right! Would that there would be far more resouces available to us to help defray to cost of necessary veterinary care.

  4. 1,449 Pounds coverts to approx Indian Rs 1,40,.553( 1 pound =Rs 97 approx).Thats the difference between 1st World pet care and Developing world pet care as also cost of living and income.Is owning a cat or dog by a average Britisher possible if the “Veterinary Costs” are so steep ? Does the “PET INSURANCE COMPANY” compensate such high pet health care costs ? In Mumbai Veterinary costs have also skyrocketed compared to the 1970/80’s when i owned dogs as pets.veterinary care in Mumbai is expensive compared to the average wages and hence “PET OWNERSHIP” a luxury.

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