What is the most you've ever paid a veterinarian to treat your pet?
I also post this to try and gauge my sanity. Medium-length story made slightly shorter...a homeless kitten showed up at my door a few months ago, so I took him in, got him his shots, took care of him and taught him that he could not get a katana sword by stealing, as it was a very special sword, and that he must "earn" it through a series of agonizing flexibility exercises and repeated beatings with a rattan cane. This is all true, except for the sword part.
The little guy starts puking all over the place the other night. He's about the size of a bottle of fish oil, and he covered an area of about 4 square meters with (mostly liquid) puke. I come home from work and find him lying nearly unconscious on his side, struggling to breathe.
I rush him to the vet clinic, of which in Japan there are surprisingly few, and an X-ray reveals that the little bastard has swallowed a slew of random items...a screw, some styrofoam packing, and a ribbon. The vet says that he needs to get it surgically removed or he'd die. I tell him to go through with the surgery.
$2200 American, completely non-negotiable. Seeing how everyone at my company has just taken a voluntary pay cut, this isn't chump change to me. I paid it, and my little buddy is recovering nicely.
I've mentioned this to co-workers, and they all think I'm insane. Even the girls. I figured I might get some "he's such a sweetheart" sex, but I'm fairly certain they think I'm now gay. Most responses are "it's only a cat, I would have just let it die".
How much would you pay to save your pet's life? And would the amount differ if it were a dog/cat/whatever?