My "baby" needs to have surgery to have his spleen removed along with a big growth in his abdominal cavity. I took him to the vet today for a check-up because we noticed he has lost weight & has been kinda stiff. I thought maybe arthritis, but was not prepared for this at all. With the office visit, blood work & x-rays it cost me $ 204.00. The surgery will cost around $ 600.00. The doctor showed me the x-rays and thinks the growth is about the size of a football. Everything in the blood is within normal ranges--so that means he should be able to handle the surgery ok. I need to call the vet's office tomorrow & see if I can work out some payment arrangments too. I'm hoping to come up with 1/2 of the amount and see if the vet's office will let me do payment arrangments. We don't have any kids, so our dogs have also been our "children".