I have been in the construction business all my life. I am a builder, licensed plumber, electrician, and low voltage contractor. I have had many dogs over the years and have a soft spot in my heart for them. I think they are the greatest animals on the planet. One of my relatives is a vet and my daughter had a boyfriend that is a vet. I have 2 mini/girl/sister schnauzers that are 12 years old and I love them dearly. Recently one of them contracted diabetes and I am on that journey with her. I noticed what looked to be the start of cataracts in her eyes. She can still see at this time. My daughter had a mini boy schnauzer and he had cataracts too and went blind. It saddened me to watch him walk around and run into things. He loved to fetch things and would rather do that than eat. Towards the end I would throw his favorite toys just a few feet away so he could find them with his nose. He passed away last year.
I was trying to be proactive so I started looking at having the cataracts removed and noticed the high cost. I started thinking what if all dog and cat owners got together and opened their on animal hospital. Maybe hire some vets out the veterinary colleges. Start go-fund me accounts to buy equipment. Enlist and recruit funds from people that love animals and leave stuff in their wills. Maybe as time passes we could pay college tuition, for vets that believe in our foundation and they would come work for us. Maybe as some of us retire we could work at our clinic too. Animal lovers helping animals. We would start with centrally located hospitals so that the most people could participate. We could keep prices low for all members that have contributed. Some used people equipment can be used effectively on animals. At one time I hurt my knee and had to go for an MRI, paid cash and it cost me $450.00(course it cost about that much to have it read too). I checked into having an MRI on a dog and they wanted $2500, just because they have to sedate them. That seems like a rip off to me. You can buy a used re-conditioned MRI machine for $150,000 and upwards from there, but it's not impossible. The cataracts I was speaking of earlier they want $3500 an eye for a dog. It's $3500 to $5000 for people. My wife says I am crazy to even think something like this could be done. I am a positive thinker and I will put my money where my mouth is. My dogs probably wouldn't be here to benefit from it, but maybe yours will.
Tell me what ya'll think positive or negative. I hope my wife isn't right> I hate to admit when she's right!