By The Wiz
Let’s pretend you get a new dog. Let’s pretend you want to do the responsible thing and get him neutered. So you go to the vet, who checks him out and tells you he has horrible periodontal disease but other than that, he’s good. He says to make the neutering/teeth cleaning appt for next month, to give your new dog a chance to acclimate to his new environment.
So, about six weeks later, let’s pretend you go into the vet. You drop off your little bundle, and then leave for home. 5 minutes after you get home, the vet calls and tells you that your new dog’s heart rate is so low that putting him under anesthesia would kill him, so would you come pick him up? There’s not a whole lot we can do here. Last month his heart rate was fine, vet is unclear as to why the change. You go pick him up, and are sold a product for teeth cleaning that is about the 1/3 the cost of a professional cleaning and you cynically wonder why this product wasn’t offered you originally.
At the vet, they wonder if you want a referral to a “doggy cardiologist”, because it’s likely your dog might need a pace maker. As for the neutering, well, he’s just going to have to remain “intact.”
Let’s also pretend that you have been watching massive amounts of “The Dog Whisperer”on TV PLUS having the videos delivered to you, and besides being on Cesar overload, you are now more aware than ever of the importance of neutering, not just for the pet population problem, but also because an “intact” male will get very frustrated if he’s not given a chance to mate every 6 months. And you have never had a desire to become a dog breeder, not to mention the irresponsibility of purposely breeding a dog with a known heart problem. So now you’ve doomed your dog to be extra crazy. Gee, what a great life for him.
What do you do? Call the cardiologist? Live with semi-dirty teeth and frustrated dog and hope he doesn’t drop dead suddenly with no warning?
(Let’s keep in mind that you are aware that pets come with a lot of responsiblity but that you currently have two mortgage payments.)