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I'm a news producer looking for help

April 28th, 2005, 07:37 PM
Hello All,
Forgive me, I've never used a discussion forum before but am eager to find someone in Toronto to speak to on-camera for a feature for my news organization.
The feature is about possible alternatives to high vet bills - I will be speaking to a vet about maintaining the health and wellness of family pets, a pet accupuncturist who treats dogs for arthritis - and what I'm looking for from you all is someone who has spent a lot of money on vet bills for a sick pet.
I'm interested in looking at your decision making process, the pros and cons and ultimately how sometimes cost doesn't matter when a loved one needs help. How do you feel about your vet, do you trust them or are you at their mercy. I'm also interested in talking to someone who, for financial reasons may have to make choices that aren't sitting right with them.
Thank you for any input you may have.

April 28th, 2005, 08:18 PM
Ooooh, someone with a dog who had cancer, bloat or diabetes would be the best for this. People who go through these with their pets have some of the hardest decisions to make. I hope your story has a positive spin.. Like about how people will do almost anything for their pets.. (I know one who has a car that is ready to be sold "just in case").

April 28th, 2005, 09:25 PM
The story has to begin and end with a positive message...the in between is info for new pet owners etc about insurance, keeping your pet at a good weight, that sort of thing. If you know of anyone in T.O. or even Ottawa let me know... thanks!

April 28th, 2005, 09:29 PM
Not sure what this means though "(I know one who has a car that is ready to be sold "just in case").[/QUOTE]"

April 28th, 2005, 09:41 PM
I meant, I know a lady whose every day car is dispensable if her dog ever needed expensive vet care. She would rather take the bus than lose her dog. :)

April 28th, 2005, 09:59 PM
I suppose I would do the same for my kids - so i understand

April 28th, 2005, 10:24 PM
Maybe ask ER vets in the TO area to ask their clients if they are interested. I don't know if too many members here are from the toronto area.

April 28th, 2005, 11:31 PM
Is the Niagara region (St. Catharines) too far for you to go? I live in this area and know some people who may be able to assist you.


doggy lover
May 10th, 2005, 01:05 PM
There was someone who had a great dane go through bloat a while back, this is an emergency situation that normally ends up at an emerg vet, that is where you get into the big bucks. Sometimes the outcome is good hers was, I know I had a dog bloat over 5 years ago and it must have cost over $1400 in the end. I lost him last year to cancer. Someone that is going through cancer with their dog vet bills would be high as well, as an option to putting our dog to sleep was to amputate his front leg to the sholder, and then cemo or radiation. We decided that 120 lb dog that was 9 years old and starting to get problems in his hips would never have the quality of life he deserved, so we had him put down. Or someone who's dog has diabeties have constant vet bills. Try posting this in the general forum you might get more replys there. Good luck

May 11th, 2005, 03:04 PM
Ever thought of doing a show on the real pit bull and all the myths and misconceptions?

Hey I had to try! :rolleyes:

May 11th, 2005, 03:28 PM
How about someone with a dog typically know for having high vet bills (i.e. English Bulldog).

We got our english bully and have only had him 3 months and we have easily spent close to $3000 on him...and he still has to see a specialist for his eyes, needs surgery on his eyes, and needs allergy testing, all which are very expensive. We still love him to death, don't regret getting him and would do anything for him. Plus, he is a rescue dog who's original owners gave him up and we took him in. (probably why he was originally given up because he has a lot of health problems).

You might want to touch on pet health insurance in your story as well.

May 11th, 2005, 05:53 PM
To bad I am not closer to you...
1 dog pancreitis..........$3,000
Tapeworm treatments 300.00
4 dogs -gastro
1 dog stitches
1 cat with crystals urinary infections
1 cat with a heart murmur on a scale of 1-10 he is an 8
and the list goes on and on and on...........
Money saved in the bank =$0.00
Credit cards = over limit!
All for the love of your pet!

May 11th, 2005, 08:33 PM
Almost two weeks since this newbie she coming back?