Pets tend to have a high priority in the heart, and a low priority in the pocketbook. Personally, I've spent quite a bit keeping my animals up to date with shots and whatever has been recommended. Yet, I once had an old cat put to sleep. It was paralyzed in the hind quarters, could not walk unless it pulled itself along on its front legs, and was in tremendous pain. Instead of sending it off to a university that might be able to help it for $700, I thought putting it to sleep was the kinder thing to do. Killed me to do it, but I couldn't think about letting others poke and prod it during its final days.