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Just back from the vet (Gidget's annual physical) and as I paid the bill I had a silent chuckle at the countless times I've been asked how much Gidget cost.

Seems a rude inquiry to me, but its a question I get quite often around here. And my stock answer is hopefully informative to those who haven't had a dog before.

The correct question, for any dog, would be costs, not cost.

My stock answer has become: "Buying her was just the down payment, there were $2000 in vet bills alone in her first year." (bladder infections, specialist visit, photo of her bladder....)

A dog's affordability shouldn't be determined on purchase price. Just as a child's cost doesn't stop with the obstetrician.

So today's routine visit came to nearly $467. That's in large part because since Gidget was two years old her annual has included a comprehensive blood workup as well as fecal and urine -- mostly to keep an eye on and have baselines for kidney and liver function. That's been my directive, not the vet's.

Gidget's very stoic, she won't let on that something's up until it's seriously uncomfortable for her. Gidget celebrated her 8th birthday last week so now the vet wants to see her twice a year.

Today's visit included some non-standards: anal sac express ($40), pedicure ($26), Simplicef antibiotic ($56) for a skin thing that emerged this last week after playing with a neighbor boy in his kiddie pool.

Next week she goes in for teeth cleaning. That will be at least another $500.

Gidget and I have been blessed -- no major health issues in her eight years. A friend's Springer Spaniel just a few months older than Gidget has had two ACL operations -- each rear leg. A friend's seven year old Samoyed had surgery last week to remove a mass on a front leg, her owner is still waiting for the pathology report.

Pups are priceless, but their care isn't cheap. Wise to always have access to at least a couple thousand dollars in case a significant medical situation arises with them.

Whether the pup was free, a couple hundred from a shelter or a couple thousand from a breeder, guaranteed the vet is going to cost much, much more over the life of the pup.

Her food alone long ago tallied up to much more than Gidget cost.

But she is a bargain to me.

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Currently I have 5 cats. They are priceless. All have been strays that I have taken in. HC is definitely correct that the vet bills will always be more than the actual cost. I think my house has a cat neon sign on it, cause the strays always find our house. Whether I take them in or just provide shelter.

I did find a low cost provider which has been invaluable to me. I use a regular vet services for continued care.

http://www.thestopclinic.com/
The Stop the Overpopulation of Pets Clinic (STOP Clinic)
is an organization dedicated to providing accessible,
low cost neuter and vaccination services for privately
owned and feral cats.

This one is located in Weymouth and she travels to different locations to make it easy for cat owners to get low cost spaying.

There are many more of these low cost providers thru out the United States.
 

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I've never asked the cost of adopting a pet. When you find the right one, they click with you. If they asked $500 for Lillith or Rhys (our eldest female and younger male cats, respectively) I would have happily payed it. (don't tell the shelter, they know I'm a softy when it comes to kittens;-))

As H.J. Heinz was once quoted "If you have to ask the price, you can't really afford it."
 

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It cost more to take either one of our two Great Danes to the Vet than it does for the Vet to come to and take care of our horse.
 

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My neighbor saved some money by buying a backyard bred yellow labrador retriever. She immediately had Parvo and they spent $1,500 at the emergency vet, but she survived. She is allergic to almost all types of food so she's on a very expensive diet. At one year old, she had her right hip fixed at $6,000. As I write this (and she is not even three years old yet), she is having her left hip fixed at $7,000.

Good thing they "saved" some money buying a $15,000 dog! LOL
 

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Just back from the vet (Gidget's annual physical) and as I paid the bill I had a silent chuckle at the countless times I've been asked how much Gidget cost.

Seems a rude inquiry to me, but its a question I get quite often around here.

My stock reply to that rude inquiry is: "If I'd adopted a child, would you ask me how much my child cost?" After much unsuccessful trial and error to find an 'educational' answer, I've found this one breaks thru and silences further rude inquiries.

As for vet bills, Aladdin has been very healthy for his 5 years, but I've carried VPI the whole time and have found coverage to be much better than human health insurance.
 

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My neighbor saved some money by buying a backyard bred yellow labrador retriever. She immediately had Parvo and they spent $1,500 at the emergency vet, but she survived. She is allergic to almost all types of food so she's on a very expensive diet. At one year old, she had her right hip fixed at $6,000. As I write this (and she is not even three years old yet), she is having her left hip fixed at $7,000.

Good thing they "saved" some money buying a $15,000 dog! LOL
Yikes! I counsel prospective Samoyed owners all the time: don't be quick to buy from a breeder who's quick to sell and who you have not thoroughly researched (as well as the pedigree)!

What a nightmare.

 

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Holy Carp!!! Your office visit was more than my dogs surgery!!! Teeth cleanings are 150 or 100 when they are already under for other things.

I guess it pays to go to a vet that is in a smaller town. He has one of the most advanced offices in KY but that is because he is partnered with a large animal(read, equine) hospital. You get better deals on equipment when you are buying in bulk.

You are very true about the everlasting costs of a pet. I was just at a fundraiser for a friend who's dog had to have emergency surgery and could not afford the medical bills. It was nice to see everyone coming out to help her and her beloved dog.
 

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I guess it pays to go to a vet that is in a smaller town. He has one of the most advanced offices in KY but that is because he is partnered with a large animal(read, equine) hospital. You get better deals on equipment when you are buying in bulk.

You are very true about the everlasting costs of a pet. I was just at a fundraiser for a friend who's dog had to have emergency surgery and could not afford the medical bills. It was nice to see everyone coming out to help her and her beloved dog.
You're fortunate, sounds like a great place and good value. And what a great group of friends to come together to help a pup receive treatment. Kudos to all of them.

Yeah, even for around here Gidget's vet is expensive. But it's a 24/7 hospital, my dogs have benefited from staff consultations (a dozen vets on staff) and several of the vets are just fantastic. Haven't heard of any other practice that warrants changing.

Just got the callback from the vet we saw yesterday. Gidget's test all came back A-OK!! And more great news, my friend with the Samoyed who had a mass on a front leg, just now said that it turned out to be a benign cyst. So that makes my day, her pup is on Gidget's website -- they were west coast hiking buds.

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great news!!!

Yeah, for a 24/7 vet office it is worth the extra money just be be sure they are there when you really need them at 2 am!!!

And really, whats a few extra dollars when it's a family members health we are talking about?
 

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Just got the callback from the vet we saw yesterday. Gidget's test all came back A-OK!! And more great news, my friend with the Samoyed who had a mass on a front leg, just now said that it turned out to be a benign cyst. So that makes my day, her pup is on Gidget's website -- they were west coast hiking buds.

:)
This is all great news!!! :)

My 17 yo "pure mixed breed " has not had major bills until last year, when he needed a growth to be removed (under total anesthesia) and we had to consult a cardiologist at The OSU Vet Clinic (BTW, I don't have a cardiologist for myself). I got him for free since he was a stray and luckily we have spend the first 10 years in country where the vet bills don't get that high.
 

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This is all great news!!! :)

My 17 yo "pure mixed breed " has not had major bills until last year, when he needed a growth to be removed (under total anesthesia) and we had to consult a cardiologist at The OSU Vet Clinic (BTW, I don't have a cardiologist for myself). I got him for free since he was a stray and luckily we have spend the first 10 years in country where the vet bills don't get that high.
Seventeen years is remarkable, let alone without incurring major vet bills previously. Good genes, that one!

I loathe going to the doctor for myself. If Gidget stubs a toe, we're off to the emergency.

Moms.

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I'm up to ~ $ 1600.00 for shoulder tendon "fix-its" from Feb to April spent here . . .

:arrow: http://www.tops-vet-rehab.com/

and here . . .

:arrow: http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/home

And this was for non-invasive diagnostics and treatments - ultra-sound, ultra-sonic stimulus, laser, Holistic anti-inflam Puppy-Pills, Native American Flute music during therapy (not kidding about this . . . :shock: ), treadmills, etc.

And it worked ! (so far . . . )

Next step would have been arthroscopic surgery at around $2700 and I'm pretty sure I would have sprung for that too . . .

Also - don't forget to add 8 days of vacation burned because I felt guilty leaving him in a crate all day (6 weeks of crating) while at work - sad puppy face and all :-(
 

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My neighbor saved some money by buying a backyard bred yellow labrador retriever. She immediately had Parvo and they spent $1,500 at the emergency vet, but she survived. She is allergic to almost all types of food so she's on a very expensive diet. At one year old, she had her right hip fixed at $6,000. As I write this (and she is not even three years old yet), she is having her left hip fixed at $7,000.

Good thing they "saved" some money buying a $15,000 dog! LOL
Happened to a girl I knew in high school also. They wanted a purebreed for training and showing and got a really good deal on a puppy mill puppy. The dog was smart as a whip and did great in shows for a year...then developed a congenital heart defect and died after thousands of dollars of surgery to try to save it. :x

My pets and their happiness are beyond value. Hell money is really tight for us right now and I'm debating getting a second Aussie because Cheyenne is very lonely since Gonzo has been gone. Does the asylum have an open room for me? :twisted:



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Taking care of a rescue (now considered one of my own) with prostate cancer. Spent $1500+ in Vet bills for the two months of I've had him. Mostly diagnostic costs and medicine.
 

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