It’s been a while since I’ve given all of you an update on my dogs. In case you weren’t around here last year, my husband and I live with two dogs – Miss Doxie, the 13 year old Dachshund, and Mr. Pug, the 8 year old Pug. They were both rescues – Miss Doxie was from the Houston SPCA in 2005 and Mr. Pug was from Pughearts in 2009.
Long story short, Mr. Pug developed major food and environmental allergies last year and was slowly deteriorating. It cost about $2000 altogether last year to get him back on a healthy track and will run us about $500 a year from here on out to maintain him. Yep, he’s an expensive pet.
In fact, he is the reason that I pretty much tell everyone that if they aren’t ready to put in $1000 a year on a dog, don’t risk it by getting one and definitely stay away from Pugs. They are inbred and have a lot of natural health issues, but they have the sweetest personalities ever. We got very lucky that Miss Doxie hasn’t had any major problems and we know it.
Anyway, the end result for Mr. Pug last year is that he is officially allergic to meat, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn. Yep, he is a vegan dog that can’t eat soy, wheat, or corn. His food is sweet potato and rice based and his favorite treats are frozen green beans and pieces of melon.
Vet Lab Work
He is also going to be on steroids for the rest of his life, but the vet requires he gets lab work done every 6 months to make sure the steroids aren’t killing him too quickly. We know they will probably shave a year or two off of his overall life span, but if they hurt his liver before then, the vet would want to try something else.
The Vet Bill
His visit a couple of weeks ago was for his first bi-annual lab work. $275 later, he was pronounced to be in good overall health with a slight skin infection that they gave him an antibiotic injection for. Here’s the breakdown of the bill:
- Recheck Exam (fee to walk in the door, yay *heavy sarcasm*) – $65.00
- Hazardous Waste Disposal (seriously, they threw away a needle or something) – $6.00
- Pre-Op Chemistry Screen (actual lab work) – $68.75
- Urinalysis (actual lab work) – $42.75
- Skin Cytology (actual lab work) – $36.00
- Convenia Injection (way overpriced 0 I saw it online for $20) – $57.80
- GRAND TOTAL: $276.30
OUCH! Stupid skin infection cost us $100. He is a crafty little dog that sometimes gets into things he shouldn’t like Miss Doxie’s food or the pantry when we are throwing something away. That leads to allergic reactions and possible skin infections. I swear he is suicidal when it comes to food…
In short, my poor dog is expensive and I just wanted to share that with you today. 🙁
Do you have pets? Are they pretty expensive too or did you get lucky?
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