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Old 24th December 2010, 02:41 PM
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Unhappy Spencer the Great Dane

My husband and I are having an incredibly difficult time right now with finances. We even tried down grading our home to no avail (in fact it made things worse)... Besides having car troubles, one of the biggest burdens right now is carting Mason, my rottie mix, to and from the vet due to this chronic ear infection and we are now looking into having surgery to correct the issue.

As much as I HATE the idea, we've decided to try and re-home Spencer the great dane to lighten the load a little. Our move reduced us to cramped living quarters with a scant yard and I would like him to have more freedom than what we have to offer, and since I've been frequenting the vet I'm having nightmares about what would happen should SPENCER require emergency care.

He's a 3yr old Great Dane, 32” at the shoulder and 143lbs, merle coloration. He has NOT been neutered. He is an inside dog, completely house broken and he listens well. He knows basic commands and is very eager to please. He does great on the leash and very much likes to go for car rides!! Well socialized with kids and other animals. I don't do annual vaccines but he was inoculated up to 1 1/2 yrs. Raw fed with occasional TOTW kibble. Free to the right home.

He is a wonderful boy, so if any of you know someone who might like to add him to the pack, please contact me! I'll do my best to meet somewhere for pick up if needed even if I have to borrow a car. We are located in Picayune, MS and you can call 985-445-4668 to reach me (can't text, sorry).


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Old 24th December 2010, 05:35 PM
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Please get Spencer neutered and then turn him in to a reputable rescue. They have the resources to properly screen homes and match the right dog with the right family. Plus they will be available to support the new owners for the life of the dog, always with a take-back policy. Individuals just don't have the resources to do this.

Where are you located? We might be able to give you some resources for giant-breed rescue.
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Old 24th December 2010, 05:42 PM
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I agree, a rescue would be the best way to proceed - they'll make sure he goes to the right home.
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Old 24th December 2010, 11:59 PM
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I am in Picayune, MS and I have contacted two rescues already (one large dog rescue in LA, and one great dane specific in AL). It's been over three weeks with no reply which is why I am reaching out. We're wanting to get Mason's surgery done asap to get him out of pain, and without Spencer we could save over $120 a month to put towards that bill, so the sooner I can talk to someone about him the better. My husband is also being a relentless fool about the situation so I’m getting hell and grief in a nice bundled package.

If I was able to neuter him I would have already, trust me... The vets in my area (as far as an hour out) all ask over $200 (some over 300!!). I don't qualify for the vouchers for $75 spay/neuter from the local shelter because I make over $1200 a month or I would have taken that offer over a year ago when we weren't in such dire conditions. If you know of other rescues please do let me know? I’m afraid Christmas may be a chaotic time of year for them.

My father gave him to me after his bitch died (his "accidental" breeding endeavor went wrong and only 2 puppies made it) because I had just lost my old Dane to kidney failure and he thought it would be a nice 'surprise' that christmas... Spencer was only a week old and since I had to bottle feed him I decided to keep him even though we weren't really stable at the time. I know I shouldn't have and though we actually did alright for most of 2 years, the old dog Mason started getting sick and completely devoured what little we had put up in savings. I'm really trying to do right by my fur kids, but I need help!
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The problem right now is that it's Christmas - rescue is always very hectic around the holidays, due to people wanting their dogs gone before all their relatives come over for holiday festivities. The rescues need to get their dogs out of kennels so the kennel owners have room for private client dogs. So basically they have more dogs and less places to put them... which may be a big part of why they haven't answered you yet. Be patient.
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due to people wanting their dogs gone before all their relatives come over for holiday festivities.

^^This makes me incredibly sad. I can't imagine the holidays WITHOUT my pets, much less WANTING them gone
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Old 25th December 2010, 10:12 AM
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How is Spencer costing you $120 a month?
Maybe I'm not doing the math right, but I think we spend $160 a month in food on FOUR dogs (two danes, and one non-dane who eats as much as a dane), plus $100 give or take on HW every 6 weeks...

Does Spencer have special needs?
What surgery did the rottie have done, and how old is he?

I'm not trying to be nosy. Just trying to see if there is a solution here that maybe you haven't thought of.
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Old 25th December 2010, 10:16 AM
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I had a lot of trouble with my Rottweiler's ears until we found the culprit: the Innova Wellbars biscuits. Innova is a good brand, but something in there wasn't agreeing with Apollo and causing chronic ear issues. (BTW, the vet wasn't willing to admit that the ear issues were due to something he was eating).

What is your Rottie mix eating (treat wise)? Maybe something in there has caused the ear issues, or maybe it's the TOTW kibble. Regardless of what your decision is with the Dane, it's important to get to the bottom of the ear issues... surgery may not be the answer. Have you consulted additional veterinarians?
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Old 25th December 2010, 10:20 AM
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If I was able to neuter him I would have already, trust me... The vets in my area (as far as an hour out) all ask over $200 (some over 300!!).
That's actually pretty cheap for a Dane neuter. Due to the special anesthetics they have to use on giant breeds and the extra monitoring they require, you're getting off cheap for $200... even $300.

Karma cost me $275 (give or take with the currency exchange) and that was only because I assisted with the procedure so they didn't need to pay their own tech and because I bought the anesthetic myself at cost from their supplier since it was a "once you open it, you have to use it within 24 hours" deal and nobody else had any use for it. And a SDiT discount of $50. Otherwise her surgery would have cost me well over $450.
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Old 25th December 2010, 10:24 AM
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^^This makes me incredibly sad. I can't imagine the holidays WITHOUT my pets, much less WANTING them gone
I know, I dont' understand it either.

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I had a lot of trouble with my Rottweiler's ears until we found the culprit: the Innova Wellbars biscuits. Innova is a good brand, but something in there wasn't agreeing with Apollo and causing chronic ear issues. (BTW, the vet wasn't willing to admit that the ear issues were due to something he was eating).

What is your Rottie mix eating (treat wise)? Maybe something in there has caused the ear issues, or maybe it's the TOTW kibble. Regardless of what your decision is with the Dane, it's important to get to the bottom of the ear issues... surgery may not be the answer. Have you consulted additional veterinarians?
I'm with Nik - have all options been exhausted? Have you tried blue power? That stuff works a lot better than a lot of the vet-prescribed ear washes.
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Old 25th December 2010, 10:53 AM
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Oh don't forget to check for pseudomonas - that is a particularly evil ear infection that requires some serious antibiotics and can cause chronic ear infections but once you start the antibiotics it clears up pretty fast - and without surgery!
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Old 25th December 2010, 12:50 PM
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That's actually pretty cheap for a Dane neuter. Due to the special anesthetics they have to use on giant breeds and the extra monitoring they require, you're getting off cheap for $200... even $300.

Karma cost me $275 (give or take with the currency exchange) and that was only because I assisted with the procedure so they didn't need to pay their own tech and because I bought the anesthetic myself at cost from their supplier since it was a "once you open it, you have to use it within 24 hours" deal and nobody else had any use for it. And a SDiT discount of $50. Otherwise her surgery would have cost me well over $450.
If you have a good vet that you feel comfortable with, you should talk to him/her about your desire to have him neutered. Most vets are very supportive of everyone spaying/neutering their pets, and are willing to work with you. Getting Trout spayed cost me over $500, so yes, $200-300 is VERY cheap. However, I had a long chat with my vet during a routine visit about how I wanted to have Trout spayed, but I'm also a full time college student with a part time job, and as such, I do not have hundreds of dollars lying around at my disposal. He was VERY understanding and let me set up a payment plan so that I made monthly payments to pay off the surgery over time. I did still get slammed with a much bigger bill than what had originally been estimated, and I was not happy about that, but the payment plan option was really what made it possible for me to have Trout spayed. Most good vets are prepared to work with low-income families who want what's best for their pets. They might not be able to do the surgery for less than $200, but they should be able to help you find a way to pay for it. If they aren't willing to work with you, I would suggest you start looking for a different vet
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Old 25th December 2010, 01:28 PM
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Most good vets are prepared to work with low-income families who want what's best for their pets. They might not be able to do the surgery for less than $200, but they should be able to help you find a way to pay for it. If they aren't willing to work with you, I would suggest you start looking for a different vet


Vets are all for speutering. Not to mention, since you already have a relationship with your vet because of your Rottie, and you are potentially bringing him for surgery with them, they should be doubly understanding. It's in their best interests as you will, to be blunt, be a future cashcow for them. I know for a fact that if a client came into our clinic in your situation then we would allow them payments. Especially with a good previous relationship with them, and a surgery in the works.

I'd also look more into the speuter state assistence. Even though you may not qualify for the low cost neuter, there are often programs available that will give you a discount. Ask your vet. We have a program that takes $55 off a neuter and $65 off a spay. It's not income-based.
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There are low-cost spay/ neuter programs all over the country that do not have income-based qualifications.

This one works with vets nation-wide and a dog neuter is $64. http://friendsofanimals.org/programs...ter/index.html

This one will help you find one in your state
http://www.msspan.org/

The ASPCA has programs nationwide with no income requirements.
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/

Here are two more that will help you find programs nation- wide.
http://neuterspay.org/
http://www.spayusa.org/

The vets who participate in these programs generally do A LOT of spay/neuter surgeries and have experience with all breeds.

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