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Vet Bills

November 4th, 2021 at 03:57 am

Let's start with the good news: Our 15 1/2 year old dog is still ticking, still wagging a little.  Now the saga: Thursday she went to the vet for a bad itch that didn't seem to ever go away.  Treatment --claritin and see us if it gets worse.  Friday she started strangely trembling and in a lot of pain. Diagnosis--bulging disc in her back which needs rest and a strong pain reliever.  Saturday morning after one dose of the pain pills, she couldn't walk, seem overdosed and unfocused.  When the drug wore off, she ate a little something and then sort of revived.  By Sunday and Monday she seemed much worse.  Lots of accidents, no food, running a temp.  I spent a good hour googling at home euthanasia. By Monday night I was convinced it was not a back issue, but instead an infection. We were up all night with her.

Yesterday morning it was back to the vet.  My husband had to carry her in, but while she was there, a huge abscess burst which was apparently the source of the infection.  Either it was not there at the previous appointments or they missed it. Since then she's been on antibiotics and has really perked up.  She's still struggling, but she's eating and is bright eyed.  Please don't ask the total of the unused drugs and bills.  But she's worth it if she still wants to hang in there.

Oof.  There will need to be cutbacks

4 Responses to “Vet Bills”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Oh boy, what an ordeal! Hope she hangs in there and keeps wagging her tail!

  2. Dido Says:

    I'm glad your dog is still with you and I hope she continues to improve!

    I've had two pets (including the current resident) whom I've told "your middle name is 'Retirement,' since they have incurred 5-figure vet bills (not all in one visit but on an annual basis). But money can't buy what they bring to my life, and I'm sure the same is true with your precious friend.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Oh dear, your poor fur baby! Hopefully she mends completely and will be with you for quite a while longer. I honestly think that pets are generally pretty inexpensive while they’re younger and healthy so the current vet bills might seem high at the moment but if you average it over their entire lifetime it won’t be as bad as you think. And the joy and companionship they bring is completely worth it.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    It is so hard with pets and expenses.

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