Should shelters do bloodwork on new arrivals?
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|Sun, 02-19-2012 - 6:27pm|
So I adopted a very sweet angel Ms Kitty from our local shelter last September. She was skinny from the start but also was a stray, so we didn't think anything of it.After 5 months of her not gaining weight we brought her to the vet who did bloodwork and we learned she is hyperthhyroid.She is only 5, and we don't believe in putting her on medication for the rest of her life, financially it makes no sense and it is not fair to her.Plus since the medication only controls the problem, the non-cancerous tumors on her thyroid can still grow, therefore we would need to change dosages as the years go on. Not to mention every few months she needs blood work done to check her levels.Anywho, since medication doesn't make sense long term we are willing to pay for the radio iodine injection.Its almost 2 grand, but worth it, as the clinic and my vet claim it has a 98% cure rate, with only 3% chance of re-currance. From what I have read on many many websites this is true.
We are willing to do what needs to be done to bring our kitty back to perfect health, especially since she is so young, however I have a problem with the fact that she was up for adoption with such an illness.Obviously they don't take blood when new arrivals come into shelters, but I do believe they should start.That way they know if the animal has something that could pose a threat to the other animals, not to mention it is nice for us adopters to know what we are getting into.We are a young couple in our mid twenties, we don't have tonnes of extra cash to just throw around.Just to pay for her treatment we will be sacraficing our lifestyle and cutting back for 3 months.(we are paying if off over a 3 month period) I don't want to make this sound like I am complaining about spending the money, because we are glad to do it if it means our baby being happy and healthy, espeically since she is still quite young.I just really can't see why shelters don't do bloodwork. I udnerstand it can affect the animal getting adopted, if in the animals file it lists any diseases or illnesses the animal has, yet in the same breath what if we were people that just didn't care? Or if we couldn't afford the treatment, or if it was something alot more serious than just hyperthyroid? We live in Whistler, and people here are quite different when it comes to animals. They either love them and will sacrifice their own life for the life of their pet, or they don't give a dam and if they find out their pet is ill they just open their front door and say good luck!! That is why there is a stray problem out here, especially with dogs.In fact we figure Ms Kitty did once have a home, we can tell from her behaviour, but we and the vet figures the prior owners just didn't care or couldnt afford to give her treatment so they just let her outside to die.
Anyone else think shelters should do bloodwork on new animals? Something like hyperthyroid, or anything for that amtter