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Hi guys, I'm new here. I'm Cally and I have a 7 month old chi named Plankton :) Looking forward to make tons of chi-lover friends :)

I was browsing thru chi pages and I found this:
http://www.geocities.com/savemychi/
It's really sad, the little guy is only 3 months old :( I wish I could pay for his bills right away :(

Anywho, I also had a question. Is it true that "greenies" are bad for dogs? I've heard some people say they are, but some others say they are really good, so I am confused :?

Thanks for any help guys :)
 

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You know I have just head that Greenies can be bad...but I have yet to ask the vet about this.
I have actually stopped giving greenies to my dogs because of this. I am glad you reminded me because I want to ask my vet about it;
 

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I have seen mine throw them up in whole chunks the day after so that tells me that they dont digest. I started using the lil bits and I feel better about it, I guess they do digest to a point per the green poopies that come out but why not all the time?? If anyone has more info i'd like to hear :?
 

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ok I have a pet peeve regarding the link.

1. if you cant afford the "sudden unexpected" expenses that a dog brings should you have one? Nobody is guaranteed a healthy dog and many things dont show up til later.
2. I dont think $500 is alot to come up with for those wheel chairs which I think are incredible.

that lil guy is adorable and it sickens me...sounds like she may put him down if she doesnt get the money :x
 

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Sometimes people struggle to get by but that doesn't mean they don't love their pets any less then the next person. We can all fall on hard times or unforseen circumstances and find ourselves terribly unprepared. I would tend not to make a generalization since we really don't know this owners particular situation. I don't believe the dog will be PTS, maybe placed with rescue but this person is reaching out for help.

As for the greenies, we no longer feed them to our dogs either. They always make them throw up and we've been warned by several breeders that the toothbrush end if that lasts to be eaten, can easily be choked on...
 

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Marcus gets at least two greenies a week. If he starts at the base I throw the toothbrush end away. If he starts at the brush end I throw the base end away since I also worry about choking. My vet says he thinks they are ok in moderation. Of course my vet has some different ideas than the acccepted norms too, he thinks a tiny bit of garlic is good for dogs while agreeing that too much is bad.
 

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I agree with KB mamma, but I do understand that some things pop up that are just unexpected...like when a dog is hit by a car or develops a severe desease. My mom's dog just spend an overnighter in the hospital and had an ultrasound done...all together it costs about 1,000 dollars :shock: and that was just for an overnight stay. There are usually ways of working payments out and with my mom they allowed her to make monthly payments.
I know of tons of places that will donate carts for dogs....maybe I should send her a couple links.

My view is that you do as much as you can for your dog...but there are those occasions where the costs are just too much...but in my opinion $500 is not to hard to save up for a cart...heck if you get creative enough you can make one at home until you save up the money for a real one. He is still a baby and there are tons of creative ways to make a cart...i have seen a couple at the vet rehab center I worked at. Something else I might email her about :wink:
 

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Thank you Jess, that is what I am saying but you also see the flip side like the ones that spent all that money on the Lab at your vets office and then put it down :evil: . Everybody has exceptions, but I know there are lots of avenues I would exhaust before I ever had to do that.

Just seems more people think pets are disposable. :x

even you have faced numerous expenses over and over and you dont have it but you made it work.
 

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i donated for the little fella...he reminds me so much of vienna :cry:
i really hope she can pay his operation !!

btw does plankton means the same as it does here ??? that's so funny :wink:
how did you decided on the name ?

kisses nat
 

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I agree you should be prepared for extra expenses when you have a pet - but it is also true that people can have a tough time coming up with the money sometime. Maybe they lost their job, had a lot of illness in the family, car repair, etc., etc. There is so much that can happen, and we really don't know the circumstances. I think it would be great if someone sent her some links if you have them.

As for the greenes, I no longer give them to Jasmine after an article I read on line regarding them causing intestinal blockages in some dogs. Jasmine was never that crazy about them anyway. I don't know if all I've read and heard is true, but decided not to take the chance.
 

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i know right now if i had to have an unexpected vet expense for chiwi i'd be screwed. i still don't have a job, it's been a little over a month. but i also know that at my vet's i'd be able to work something out as far as payments go since i did work there and even though my manager doesn't like me, she still loves animals and knows that i would get my bill paid. i've had open bills there nearing 1,000 dollars because of my tasha bird and even though i worked there at the time i couldn't pay half the stuff all up front, not with all of tasha's medical expenses.


as far as the greenies, you will get mixed reviews on them. :wave:
 

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Hello & welcome I love your babies name. Would love to see pics. :wave: That poor baby on the website is so cute. It makes me wish I was rich and could just pay for his operation :cry: I agree if it was my baby I would figure out something. I can't believe someone would have a dog and not have some plan for an emergency :roll:
 

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Hi and welcome :wave:

The few times I have given mine greenies the next day they have threw them up and there is always huge lumps in about the size of peas :shock: so I stopped getting them.

I agree if you cant afford expenses however unforeseen you shouldnt have a pet as you cant afford to give it the full acre its needed , I for one would remortgage my house to pay for my dogs :wave: JMHO dont shout at me for it :lol:
 

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she emailed me a nice letter ..thanking me and how she would keep me posted.

i know you have to be prepared for things like this.....but i'm glad she's doing the best she can . some people would dump their dogs when they find out.........

kisses nat
 

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It is sad about the little dog...I hope the owner gets enough money to save her dog. I have to kind of agree that pet owners should be prepared for something like this, but sometimes, when people are living "paycheck to paycheck" so to speak, it can be hard.

I know when my dog Guiness got sick and had to be rushed to the emergency vet, we had NO money, so we went to a payday loan place and took out a small loan to pay for his vet bills. God forbid anything were to ever happen to Chico, I'd sell all my stuff just to get enough money to save him, no matter what it be; my computer, tv, my violin, my guitar...ANYTHING. Material things can be replaced...but to me, a pet CAN'T be replaced. They're part of the family, it's like having a child.

Oh, I have to edit, I forgot to add about the greenies...I only gave Chico one, and that was last weekend, but after reading this, I don't think I'll be giving them to him anymore.
 
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