I spent £8,000 on my dog ​​- now I can’t afford Christmas for my kids… he’s like another kid to me

A heartbroken mum has had to tell her boys Christmas is ruined after being slapped with a £8,317 vet bill.

Just weeks before the celebrations began, Joely Eaton had to break the news to her children that her dog had to have a leg amputated.

A Staffordshire bull terrier named Buddy had a leg amputated, but now his owner can't afford Christmas presents

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A Staffordshire bull terrier named Buddy had a leg amputated, but now his owner can’t afford Christmas presentsPhoto credit: Triangle News
Jaeden, 10, and Ollie, 7, with Buddy

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Jaeden, 10, and Ollie, 7, with BuddyPhoto credit: Triangle News

The 29-year-old chose to have the surgery rather than have her beloved pet Buddy put to sleep after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

The owner of the Sale, Manchester cleaning company said: “I could not have put him to sleep, he is like another child to me.

“We had a scan in October when he was limping and he was there all day. He’s a stupid dog, so I thought he jumped off the fence weirdly.

“The vet said it was probably arthritis due to his age and gave him anti-inflammatory medication.”

But a few weeks later, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier had to go to the vet again.

As Joey was on her way to pick up her sons Jaeden, 10, and Ollie, 7, from school, she received the devastating news.

“He [the vet] called me and just said, “this is not good news, it’s a bone tumor,” she added.

“He didn’t even get him out of anesthesia, he asked me if I wanted to put him to sleep now and said if not I had about two weeks with him,” she continued.

“I was just like ‘No.’ The boys couldn’t come along to drop the dog off and then not pick it up again. I told him I would come and take him home.”

In a desperate attempt to save Buddy’s life, Joely got a second opinion from another vet, who suggested she make an appointment to see a specialist.

The devoted dog mom traveled 40 miles to a practice in Liverpool, where Buddy went for a CT scan.

Luckily, they determined that the cancer hadn’t spread to the dog’s lungs and there was a chance of saving his life.

But Buddy would have to have his leg amputated and six grueling and expensive rounds of chemotherapy at £700 each.

She was also told he might only live 18 months but is now recovering well and is even keeping up with his 7 month old French bulldog brother Spencer.

Joely said: “I just told them to do it, I don’t care. As long as he’s with us, I don’t care.

“The total bill came to £4,299 for the CT scan and surgery and each chemotherapy treatment is £669.68.

“I was just telling the boys Christmas isn’t going to be as good as every other year.

Although the owner of the cleaning business managed to pay almost all of her initial vet bill, she faces three-weekly chemotherapy costs plus £1,100 in debt from the surgery and CT scan.

While she didn’t want to rely on others, the 29-year-old added that her mother and grandparents would gratefully provide support if needed.

They even set up GoFundMe to raise money for vet bills.

She added: “I really hate asking for help but that’s just reality for us at the moment.

“With the whole cost of living crisis, a vet bill to pay, and his chemo to pay, and it’s Christmas.”

But according to the Manchester mum, her boys are just happy to have their pet by their side.

“The boys took it well. My seven-year-old recently had his birthday so he doesn’t really care about Christmas, he’s one of those carefree, laid-back kids,” she added.

“I just told them, ‘We have Buddy, and that’s all that matters this Christmas.’

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“And Jaeden is so close to Buddy, I guess he just doesn’t care.”

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