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(The Sun)   Woman spends over £3,000 for spinal surgery for Yoshi, her pet ferret... to give him a second chance, for the love of it   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 41
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2012-05-22 08:04:39 PM
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2012-05-22 09:17:36 PM
The money for the surgery isn't the crazy part. The 15 other ferrets she has at home, on the other hand...
 
2012-05-22 10:39:21 PM
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2012-05-22 10:39:44 PM
I read the headline as "parrot" and thought "Is it at least green?" I was momentarily confused when I opened the link.
 
2012-05-22 10:41:34 PM
Wow, I loved my carpet sharks, I really did, but over $4500? Yeek.

/in after ban
//and grateful for it
 
2012-05-22 10:42:28 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: The money for the surgery isn't the crazy part. The 15 other ferrets she has at home, on the other hand...


We peaked at 21. 16 isn't crazy.

/down to 6
// :(
 
2012-05-22 10:44:44 PM

Your Average Witty Fark User: The My Little Pony Killer: The money for the surgery isn't the crazy part. The 15 other ferrets she has at home, on the other hand...

We peaked at 21. 16 isn't crazy.

/down to 6
// :(


Your house must have stunk.
 
2012-05-22 10:45:15 PM

marius2: I read the headline as "parrot" and thought "Is it at least green?" I was momentarily confused when I opened the link.


Surgery's not an option with a parrot. Best you can do is nail 'em to the perch.
 
2012-05-22 10:45:37 PM
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2012-05-22 10:48:16 PM
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I sure hope they can help that poor severely deformed ferret
 
2012-05-22 10:49:03 PM
The earlier, mod-cleansed Tom pic, made me spit an expensive Belgian ale on my monitor.
 
2012-05-22 10:49:45 PM

herrDrFarkenstein: marius2: I read the headline as "parrot" and thought "Is it at least green?" I was momentarily confused when I opened the link.

Surgery's not an option with a parrot. Best you can do is nail 'em to the perch.


I feel like there's a Jesus joke in there somewhere but I can't quite nail it down
 
2012-05-22 10:50:10 PM

Your Average Witty Fark User: The My Little Pony Killer: The money for the surgery isn't the crazy part. The 15 other ferrets she has at home, on the other hand...

We peaked at 21. 16 isn't crazy.

/down to 6
// :(


OMG can't even imagine 21! That is both awesome and terrifying at the same time.

Most we had were six, and after the last (a beautiful European silver panda named Gus) my heart is just too broken for any more right now.

Damn...got all dusty in here...

At least we now can have things with rubber buttons on them again, like remote controls.
 
2012-05-22 10:50:36 PM
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2012-05-22 10:52:57 PM

Brew78: herrDrFarkenstein: marius2: I read the headline as "parrot" and thought "Is it at least green?" I was momentarily confused when I opened the link.

Surgery's not an option with a parrot. Best you can do is nail 'em to the perch.

I feel like there's a Jesus joke in there somewhere but I can't quite nail it down


I hate to badger you with this pun I ferreted out, and I know I otter know better, but I just can't help myself:

"You're not hammered enough."

That said, why are people upset over her? The money has been spent, she's saying "Hey, anyone wanna help pitch in to help cover, that'd be great". Whoop de fark?
 
2012-05-22 10:53:47 PM
Wants his sweater back.

www.abebooks.com
 
2012-05-22 11:06:03 PM
She transported Yoshi via courier about 124 miles (200km) to the Tasmanian Animal Hospital, where surgeon Chris Allfree and three assistants undertook the delicate four-hour procedure on the small animal. switched the ferret for another one and charged her $3,000.
 
2012-05-22 11:09:38 PM
The first argument of my marriage in 15 years at the time was about a cat with cancer. $35,000 and one dead cat later, when the next cat got cancer, I took it to the vet and put it to sleep while my wife was at work.

My wife didn't talk to me for three months, and I honestly didn't care. It took her own friends that long to make her realize how farking stupid it was to spend that much money on a cat that was going to die anyway. It wasn't fair to the cat, it wasn't fair to us, and it sure as hell wasn't fair to common sense.

Vets in cities will string you along with hope for no reason at all other than billable treatment. But at the end of the day, it's a cat. I love cats, but they're cats. If they have cancer, they are going to die.

I might be better persuaded for spinal surgery if the return is good, but if you have a vet suggesting chemo for a cat - it's bullshiat. You'll spend tons of money and that cat is going to die anyway, probably living with more pain than they are capable of understanding. Just get it over with early.
 
2012-05-22 11:10:04 PM
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Though Dude calls it a marmot, it's actually a ferret.
 
2012-05-22 11:12:37 PM
That ferret looks disturbingly like Frank Burns.
 
2012-05-22 11:21:21 PM

Lsherm: ... that cat is going to die anyway, probably living with more pain than they are capable of understanding. Just get it over with early.


What makes you think cats do not understand pain? They seem like little nocturnal philosophers of pain to me.
 
2012-05-22 11:21:48 PM
It must be the name. Coolest pet we ever had was a rabbit called Yoshi. He was allowed in the house at times, and if we were blazing up a bong he would insist that you share with him. He used to hop on your feet until he got his high on, then he'd hang out for a while and ultimately just make his way back outside. A neighbourhood cat got him in the end, but he was with us for a couple of hilarious years.
 
2012-05-22 11:23:29 PM
3000 pounds, pshaw! Drop in the bucket. My last dog had ACL surgery followed by therapy with her own personal trainer in the float tank, later on followed by weekly acupuncture when arthritis caught up with her. We were about 15k into the care when the darn thing croaked from pancreatic cancer. Sadly, there isn't enough money in the world to make PanC go away so we spent some bucks on hospice care. Just checking on her today and see that the shrubs I planted over her are in bloom.

The new dog is a money pit too but its mostly toy of the week. We buy a toy and give it to her and she disembowels it to get out the squeaky five minutes after we give her the toy. $igh.
 
2012-05-22 11:26:02 PM
Should've saved this story for Ferret Fridays.
 
2012-05-22 11:32:23 PM

Lsherm: The first argument of my marriage in 15 years at the time was about a cat with cancer. $35,000 and one dead cat later, when the next cat got cancer, I took it to the vet and put it to sleep while my wife was at work.

My wife didn't talk to me for three months, and I honestly didn't care. It took her own friends that long to make her realize how farking stupid it was to spend that much money on a cat that was going to die anyway. It wasn't fair to the cat, it wasn't fair to us, and it sure as hell wasn't fair to common sense.

Vets in cities will string you along with hope for no reason at all other than billable treatment. But at the end of the day, it's a cat. I love cats, but they're cats. If they have cancer, they are going to die.

I might be better persuaded for spinal surgery if the return is good, but if you have a vet suggesting chemo for a cat - it's bullshiat. You'll spend tons of money and that cat is going to die anyway, probably living with more pain than they are capable of understanding. Just get it over with early.


it takes a story this huge to make me appreciate the wing-ding i'm married to. i could tell you tales for farking weeks. if i could go back and do it all again i'd either opt for hookers or go the ghey route. my life would have turned out more joyous and prosperous.
 
2012-05-22 11:43:15 PM
Yeah, well, some people are crazy, I guess. I spent $4K on my $200 dog's eyes just so the little shiat wouldn't be blind. I saved up for 6 months for that one. I kinda think he would've done the same thing for me. Some people are real idiots about that kind of stuff. I've had 12 dogs and 6 cats over the last 20 yrs and spent probably $40-45K or maybe more during that time. It ain't like I gots the bucks, either. My pets & vets love me and constantly had to give me breaks on my bills. Yeah, we're a bunch of dummies, but I'd damn sho' do it again, I would, yup.

Peace,

ClassWarrior
 
2012-05-22 11:46:31 PM

Lsherm: The first argument of my marriage in 15 years at the time was about a cat with cancer. $35,000 and one dead cat later, when the next cat got cancer, I took it to the vet and put it to sleep while my wife was at work.

My wife didn't talk to me for three months, and I honestly didn't care. It took her own friends that long to make her realize how farking stupid it was to spend that much money on a cat that was going to die anyway. It wasn't fair to the cat, it wasn't fair to us, and it sure as hell wasn't fair to common sense.

Vets in cities will string you along with hope for no reason at all other than billable treatment. But at the end of the day, it's a cat. I love cats, but they're cats. If they have cancer, they are going to die.

I might be better persuaded for spinal surgery if the return is good, but if you have a vet suggesting chemo for a cat - it's bullshiat. You'll spend tons of money and that cat is going to die anyway, probably living with more pain than they are capable of understanding. Just get it over with early.


As a vet in a city, I just want to make it known that I completely agree with you. If my dog or cat was diagnosed with cancer (knock on wood), I would keep them happy and comfortable until the day they weren't, then I would end it.

I offer owners a consult with an oncologist because it's my job - to give them every option out there. I also mention euthanasia as a reasonable decision as well, and palliative care at home for a little while when practical. I know a lot of veterinary oncologists, but I never really see them stringing people along. But more often, they get clientele who absolutely can not fathom what is happening to their animal or who are in such denial that they will go to irrational extremes to prolong life. These are the same people who are shocked - and often angry - when their animals eventually die. They act like their vets did not tell them that Fluffy was still going to die, but it's clear that they just didn't want to hear it. And these aren't just people with large amounts of disposable income. I frequently see vets trying to talk people out of selling their car, or going into crippling debt, or emptying their bank account, or worse, to get 4 months out of an animal with 2 months to live. And they all die...veterinary oncology is about prolonging life while maintaining good quality, it's never about curing. If your vet implied otherwise, I apologize.
 
2012-05-22 11:49:12 PM

Lsherm: The first argument of my marriage in 15 years at the time was about a cat with cancer. $35,000 and one dead cat later, when the next cat got cancer, I took it to the vet and put it to sleep while my wife was at work.


Unless you're a millionaire, that's admirable, even if the cat didn't make it. Putting down the second cat is understandable, but still terribly sad I'm sure.
 
2012-05-22 11:50:14 PM
Oh, and as a vet in a big city - $3000 is practically small time. I see people rack up bills into the 5 digits a few times a month.
 
2012-05-22 11:57:48 PM

nonvideas: Oh, and as a vet in a big city - $3000 is practically small time. I see people rack up bills into the 5 digits a few times a month.


No offense, but what in the hell kind of rates do you guys charge in the big city? I live in a mid-size city and have a cat that was diagnosed with mammary cancer a few years ago (so kick, replies, etc.)

We caught it very early (a couple of tumors not much bigger than a pinhead) so we elected to get them removed since they were so small and it hadn't spread. Total bill was in the low 3 figures. A few more appeared a year or so later, so again we opted for surgery. Same deal.

After that our vet suggested chemo rather than additional surgery, which we were very hesitant about, but the cat has handled it awesomely well. Total bill for that: ~$20/month.

So basically, for maybe a grand or so our cat's had years of additional quality life that she might not have had otherwise (and we've had her companionship). I mean, we get that cancer is a death sentence sooner or later. Even if I were a brazilionaire I don't know that I would spend $35K, but I don't regret what we've spent in the slightest.
 
2012-05-23 12:14:16 AM

schief2: nonvideas: Oh, and as a vet in a big city - $3000 is practically small time. I see people rack up bills into the 5 digits a few times a month.

No offense, but what in the hell kind of rates do you guys charge in the big city? I live in a mid-size city and have a cat that was diagnosed with mammary cancer a few years ago (so kick, replies, etc.)

We caught it very early (a couple of tumors not much bigger than a pinhead) so we elected to get them removed since they were so small and it hadn't spread. Total bill was in the low 3 figures. A few more appeared a year or so later, so again we opted for surgery. Same deal.

After that our vet suggested chemo rather than additional surgery, which we were very hesitant about, but the cat has handled it awesomely well. Total bill for that: ~$20/month.

So basically, for maybe a grand or so our cat's had years of additional quality life that she might not have had otherwise (and we've had her companionship). I mean, we get that cancer is a death sentence sooner or later. Even if I were a brazilionaire I don't know that I would spend $35K, but I don't regret what we've spent in the slightest.


Honestly, that's fantastic, and I'm happy for your family. I think some of it is a difference in location (compare, for example, the price of real estate in your city to NYC - it's a similar scale), and some of it depends on what kind of vet you're seeing. Your cat sounds like it's had some simple mass removals and some basic chemo (can I ask what kind of medication, out of curiosity?), which any vet can do. It's when you get into invasive surgeries to remove intra-thoracic masses with board certified surgeons, with days in critical care, followed by aggressive chemo and radiation with board certified oncologists that those bills start to add up.
 
2012-05-23 01:00:25 AM
Putting someone's pet to sleep without them knowing is a shiat thing to do even if putting it down was the RIGHT thing to do.

I'd have divorced you on the spot, for failure to be a decent human being. You clearly have no concept of your wife's feelings anyways.

Farkin douchebag.
 
2012-05-23 01:02:38 AM

ned3000: Lsherm: The first argument of my marriage in 15 years at the time was about a cat with cancer. $35,000 and one dead cat later, when the next cat got cancer, I took it to the vet and put it to sleep while my wife was at work.

Unless you're a millionaire, that's admirable, even if the cat didn't make it. Putting down the second cat is understandable, but still terribly sad I'm sure.


Not a millionaire - my wife just didn't understand death. She hadn't ever lost someone. After the 35 grand for the first cat, she lost her grandparents two weeks apart (they were both in their late 90's) and she went to her first funeral for both of them at the same time. That helped for the second cat.

When the second cat got cancer and the same vet was offering chemo, I cut it off at the pass. That was 10 years ago and my wife is still pissed, but I think she understands it was the right thing to do.

Then again, I may show up as a story on Fark, and the cats will be center subject. You never know.
 
2012-05-23 07:40:24 AM

Lsherm: The first argument of my marriage in 15 years at the time was about a cat with cancer. $35,000 and one dead cat later, when the next cat got cancer, I took it to the vet and put it to sleep while my wife was at work.

My wife didn't talk to me for three months, and I honestly didn't care. It took her own friends that long to make her realize how farking stupid it was to spend that much money on a cat that was going to die anyway. It wasn't fair to the cat, it wasn't fair to us, and it sure as hell wasn't fair to common sense.

Vets in cities will string you along with hope for no reason at all other than billable treatment. But at the end of the day, it's a cat. I love cats, but they're cats. If they have cancer, they are going to die.

I might be better persuaded for spinal surgery if the return is good, but if you have a vet suggesting chemo for a cat - it's bullshiat. You'll spend tons of money and that cat is going to die anyway, probably living with more pain than they are capable of understanding. Just get it over with early.


Gotta agree with you. I love animals...more than a lot of people, pretty often...but the local pet ER wanted $1000 a day just for monitoring, after they admitted they had no idea what was wrong with her.

Sorry, I can watch my cat get better or die on her own, in the comfort of her own home.

/she got better
 
2012-05-23 07:46:31 AM
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2012-05-23 08:21:18 AM

Tryfan: Putting someone's pet to sleep without them knowing is a shiat thing to do even if putting it down was the RIGHT thing to do.

I'd have divorced you on the spot, for failure to be a decent human being. You clearly have no concept of your wife's feelings anyways.

Farkin douchebag.


Oh hai! - go fark yourself. I called her before I did it, I just said I did it while she was at work, asshole. Otherwise it would never get done. The cat was miserable.
 
2012-05-23 09:01:00 AM

Your Average Witty Fark User: The My Little Pony Killer: The money for the surgery isn't the crazy part. The 15 other ferrets she has at home, on the other hand...

We peaked at 21. 16 isn't crazy.

/down to 6
// :(



Craig Ferguson?
;)
 
2012-05-23 09:02:32 AM
Fista-Phobia:
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2012-05-23 09:26:51 AM
I love my dog as much as anyone else, but she's not getting a $5000 dollar liver transplant.

I can get a brand new husky for $500.
 
2012-05-23 09:51:34 AM
One month I forked over $3000 to the vet. It was for several different pets. One was a rescue who had heartworm. $500 for the treatment. *Sigh*
He was a good dog.
2 others had surgery.

/Pets are not cheap.
 
2012-05-24 09:16:03 PM

nonvideas: And they all die...veterinary oncology is about prolonging life while maintaining good quality, it's never about curing. If your vet implied otherwise, I apologize.


Hey, hopefully you get this - the vet didn't do anything wrong. It was solely a problem with my wife's inability to actually listen to what the vet was telling us. The only problem I had is that I wished, WISHED that at some point the vet just blurted out "THIS CAT IS FARKING IN PAIN AND YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO HER SUFFERING BECAUSE YOU WON'T LET HER GO!"

Seriously, every time we were given an option of putting the cat to sleep or "trying one more thing" - we always went for the one more thing. ALWAYS. I couldn't farking talk her out of it. I think she felt if there was any other option besides death that it was automatically better even if it wasn't. I had to take the cat to another vet to get fluids and that vet (who had never seen the cat before) took one look at her and said "Jesus Christ!" I had to explain the entire story and he told me under no uncertain terms that what we were doing was unfair to the cat. You can't explain to a cat why they are sick, they only know that they feel like shiat. And if you can't fix that, you owe it to them to let them go.
 
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