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Vet Bill

September 26th, 2013 at 02:56 am

Our dog came in the other night with a bloody foot - traumatic! It was obviously really painful, and I tried to wash it gently to figure out what was wrong. After I got it cleaned up, I noticed a really raw spot and slathered some neosporin on that.

I took her to the vet the next morning because I was afraid of infection. It turns out her dew claw got caught on something and was pulled completely off (ewww!).

The good news: it came off completely which meant no procedures were necessary.

The bad news: $95 vet bill (which included the antibiotics and pain medication and office visit).

The other good news: we have budgeted for things like this, so it doesn't break our budget.

The other, other good news: our dog is feeling much better, not limping anymore.

The question: is pet insurance a good idea? Do any of you have it? Is it worth it? Is it expensive?

4 Responses to “Vet Bill”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    I guess pet insurance could be a good idea, especially if you let your dog roam on its own? I wouldn't recommend that, though. I used to let my cats run free and one of them never came home; I went looking and calling for her and found her hunkered down on the floor of a neighbor's tool shed. The glass window was broken and her belly was slit open. She probably went thru the window trying to escape from a dog.

    She would have died in that shed if I hadn't found her. I had to get a laundry basket and as quickly as possible to minimize her agony, put her in it and bring her to the vet.

  2. Buendia Says:

    She doesn't roam around and was just in our yard - but it's a pretty rugged yard (cacti and an arroyo)... so maybe a good idea... I'm going to look into it and see how much it costs. When our last cat got very old we spent a fortune on him! (Wonder if it would take care of those costs or it's better to self-insure?)

  3. Miz Pat Says:

    It sounds wonderful, but I'd be careful what it covers.

    Right now, I budget for shots for my 4 rescue dogs, and yes - i have spent large amounts of money on them in emergencies or in the case of boo-boo's.

    However, I find most of the vets in our area are very overpriced (vets to the rich and famous). I have to drive 20 miles to go to animal Samaritans (good folk!) or a little vets by the air port. If those two services offered pet insurance, I might consider it, but they don't seem to.

    I'm so glad you got your dog to the vet and it was ok. I've had mine do exactly the same thing. I also had my Itty and Bitty (who passed on several years ago) run into a bunch of cacti chasing a lizard. I have only one word for that situation - pliers.

  4. Buendia Says:

    Someone last night just told me about a vet he loves - a little farther away, a lot cheaper and the vet is a really wonderful woman... I think are vets are "rich and famous" vets, too...

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