One evening, several weeks ago, our 10 year old Lab, Teddybear, started to act strangely withdrawn. My wife had noticed this continuing for several hours and became concerned, since Teddybear has been an extremely strong, active, alert and vivacious member of our family since puppyhood.At 10:00pm or so, we decided something was terribly wrong and rushed him to our local Veterinary Emergency Clinic that is fortunately a 24/7 facility.
I carried Teddybear, all 75 pounds of him, in my arms into the Clinic. He was immediately examined and taken to x-ray. The Doctor then came out and explained that Teddybear’s stomach had twisted and we only had three choices. The first was surgery to correct the condition and prevent future occurences. The second was to deflate the bloat and hope for the best. And, the third was the unimaginable.
He also advised us that the cost of surgery and post-op care would be a minimum of $4,500 and a maximum of $6,000, depending on the complexity and severity of Teddybear’s treatment.
Even though we did not know how much would be covered by PetPlan and that any major cost to us would impose a financial hardship……we instructed Dr. Grey to proceed with the surgery. We put our faith in PetPlan coming through for us, since we could not bear to lose a member of our family of which Teddybear was an irreplaceable member. Nor could we take a chance on a “roll of the dice” treatment.
The operation began at 12:30am and Dr. Grey called us at 5:00am