Last evening I went out to dinner and did a little shopping with my cousin and her 7 yr. old daughter. Typically, my cousin and I get along very well and I was looking forward to spending time with her and her daughter.
Over dinner, my cousin said that she had to have her cat put to sleep. She told me it was because of urinary crystals. Instead of trying to help the cat, she had it euthanized at diagnosis. This is the second cat she's had PTS in a couple of months due to this issue, again without trying to save it. I offered some suggestions regarding diet etc to help out her remaining cat. She dismissed them. The sad thing is that her daughter absolutely adores the pets in their household.
The topic then shifted to Stormie and his Fanconi Syndrome. I explained his vetting care, pilling routine, diet changes etc. that come along with the disease. She looked at me like I had 6 heads and said, "If it were me, I'd have had that dog put to sleep when I found out he was sick. He's JUST a DOG and that's too much to go through." I was floored that she would say that to me. How did this woman and I grow up in the same family and end up with such different values?! I wanted to retort (but held my tongue), "What if it were your daughter who developed a horrible disease? Would your choice also be to euthanize her at diagnosis or would you fight with everything you have to save her?"
Stormie is so much more than a dog to me - he's my CHOSEN FAMILY and I'd move heaven and earth to keep him healthy and with me for as long as possible. Is it really any wonder why I have a higher regard for animals than most people?
Anyway, just needed to vent with fellow dog people.