When my last Guinea pig, Squidgy, became ill, I took him to the vet. The bill was more than I had in my savings at the time. I asked one of my in-laws for a temporary loan to cover the upfront costs. When Squidgy received a proper diagnosis and a quote for the surgery bill, the same in-law told my husband that he was crazy for trying to save my Guinea pig for me. She said it was a waste of money, and if it was up to her she would have just had Squidgy put to sleep the moment he became ill.
The day after his surgery, Squidgy succumbed to shock and passed away. I had to bury my pet in what seemed to me a senseless tragedy (he had such a good prognosis), and this same woman did little to comfort me. Each time I have lost a Guinea pig and mourned, she has acted like my sadness is awkward and says little, hoping to ignore the situation.
Loving your pets is nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t matter if your pet has a life expectancy of only 5 years or 50 years, that is your baby and no one has the right to tell you how which pets deserve medical treatment and which don’t. I would rather have my Guinea pig back than have all the money I put towards him over the years put back into my bank account. Being a loving, caring, responsible pet owner means doing everything you can for their quality of life, no matter what sacrifices. If you did what you knew to be right, then you shouldn’t have to apologize to anyone.