Update: Why Can’t I Catch a Break?!

I just got a call from the vet at the shelter and it turns out that in his routine checkup prior to the adoption he found that Rascal has heartworm. Not only would the months of therapy be expensive and uncertain, my mom’s boss’ sister (who is a vet) says that he probably wouldn’t have a long life even with the treatments…

So, I’m left with a choice to make: a) adopt him and go through months of vet visits, injections, and therapies leading to an uncertain, most likely negative, outcome; or b) cancel the adoption and start this whole damn process over again. After going through the crap of this week I’m not sure I’d want to go through it again. But taking care of a sick dog right out of the gate is not what I had in mind and certainly isn’t something I’m financially prepared for.


…option b…

  • John

    My inlaws just went through this process. The initial vet visit of their newly-adopted dog revealed some serious sickness (I can’t remember which). Anyway, the vet wanted to put the dog down immediately, but my mother-in-law refused. It turned out to be a false diagnosis, and the dog is fine.

    September 30, 2005 at 6:01 pm

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