Sadly, he has entropian, something we feared but also had a possibility of not having. The cost is over $500. Also, he needs his teeth cleaned very badly....another $100-$200. He is also around 8 years old. I am in contact with a chow rescue who may be able to take him. They would be able to cover the cost of the surgery and also place him. I am hoping to hear back tonight but probably won't get any answers until tomorrow. We are willing to drive him to the rescue which will be about 7 hours away but if it helps him get his surgery any faster we will do it. Plus we are going to offer to donate what we can afford to help cover it. We just cannot afford the cost of all of it. Our vet will not take payments.....they have been burned too many times in the past by other people. So, cross your fingers that Harley gets into this rescue soon. (We may have to wait for an opening) They work entirely out of foster homes, so there is no situation like a shelter where they are in cages at all. So he will not have to go through the same problems that he went through before we got him with us.
Poor guy. What is entropian? Our vet told us about a 9yr old male chow thats neutered and UTD on shots that the owner is going to put down bc he tears up when left alone. I thought what bs! I wish we could take him but hes not good w/cats and we have a house full of them :( They also said our local chow rescues wont take him either.
That is too bad. It is probably due to his age. Entropian is a common problem in chows where the eyelids turn in onto the dogs eyes causing the fur to rub onto the eyeball causing it to water, besides just being uncomfortable and painful, it can also leave scar tissue and eventually cause blindness.
Sorry your vet doesn't take payment arrangements, that is hard. As Icy said, before giving up your dog, please do some vet shopping. There are DRASTIC price differences between vets and 'quite a few' still offer payment arrangements (though they may be hesitent for new clients).
I am going to reccommend that you call rural farm vets that also treat large animals and livestock. These vets are sometimes even subsidized by the goverment to keep prices lower so people can treat their livestock (people wouldn't vet livestock otherwise).
Definitely shop around. The original vet quoted $700 for the same operation for Sammi. When I called around, I got prices from $200 to $1500. Finally settled on a local vet for $350 after speaking with two owners who had their dogs eyes done by him. And that included a collar, followup visit to have stitches removed and eye drops. It also included a guarantee that it would be redone for free if he didn't take enough tuck the first time aound.
No, Harley is the chow I pulled from the shelter. He is purebred. I adopted him to get him out. The shelter does not do foster care out of city, so the only way to get him out was to adopt him. Many people are mad at me because I adopted him instead of let him die in there. Harley doesn't seem to think so. Sorry I lied to all of you about this but it was the only way I could get him out of the shelter. I should not have lied on here but I just did not feel like getting in to a huge confrontation about the difference between this and actually adopting a pet to keep.