Everyone loves their pet, but one Brooklyn couple put their money where their pet love was, racking up more than $150,000 in vet bills to nurse their French bulldog, Jones, back to health. According to the New York Post, Kate and Ben Stern have spent thousands on Jones, whose health problems started when he was just six months old.
When Jones was six months old, he started vomiting uncontrollably and, as the couple later learned, choked on some of his own vomit and developed pneumonia. The vet gave the Sterns the news and the cost of treatment — $10,000 to put Jones on a ventilator. Even though he only had a 30 percent chance of survival with the treatment, the pup's "parents" gave the go ahead.
"Your pet's life shouldn't have to be a financial decision," Ben said.
Jones was moved to a pet hospital and spent five days under surveillance, to the tune of $50,000.
"It still felt like a family member was in the ICU," Ben explained.
Over the years, Jones has needed ongoing care as a result of his health issues and the costs have exceeded $150,000.
"Our savings has taken a pretty big hit, but it's worth it to keep Jones with us. He means everything to us," Kate said.
Luckily for the Sterns, most of the costs of Jones' care were covered by his pet insurer, Trupanion, but they still had to spend tens of thousands out of pocket to get him healthy. It turned out to be money well spent because the treatment has been working and Jones' health is improving everyday, which his owners say make the costs worth it.
"That's the best part," Kate said. "Seeing him get better."