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New Vet for the Win!

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I wrote this post in 2011 – My Pug’s Bi-Annual Vet Visit.  Every 6 months, the doggy dermatologist was charging me about $185 just to run blood work and a pee test on Mr. Pug to make sure the daily steroids he has to take aren’t killing him super fast.  Well, after we moved last October, I found a closer vet and have started taking him there instead.  His blood work visit was earlier this week, and was actually cheaper, yay! Bill in June 2011 Here was what I was being charged just for the bi-annual tests: Exam Fee – $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 GRAND TOTAL:  $182.50 Plus, that vet always found something that needed to be treated (like a minor skin infection or ear issue) that would cost me an additional $80-$100.  Happened every time. Current Checkup Bill Exam Fee – $42.59 Blood Work 1 – $55.72 Blood Work 2 (in lieu of urinalysis) – $27.85 GRAND TOTAL:  $126.16 Mr. Pug’s Update   This vet was actually surprised about how great Mr. Pug looks for a dog that is inherently broken.  He did bring up that Mr. Pug is pre-arthritic … Read more

The $500 Wasn’t a Mistake, Yay!

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About two and a half months ago, I wrote about spending about $500 on our 15 year old dog, Miss Doxie.  She had a lump removed from her belly and I was really hoping it wasn’t a complete waste.  Well, I have good news! Update In the last 2 months, Miss Doxie is acting like a much younger version of herself.  She still has the beginnings of cataracts that they can’t do anything about, but she is bouncy and is taking the stairs on her own every time.  She also has her appetite back and is even feisty enough to try to take Mr. Pug’s food when he isn’t looking.  I mean, we don’t allow it, but at least she feels good enough to try.  🙂 I am amazed.  We only had the lump removed because she was finally noticing it and licking at it.  I didn’t think it was slowing her down at all.  Apparently it was sucking up some major energy just by existing and I’m a douche for ignoring it forever.  But yay for having it removed!  Even if she dies tomorrow, at least she showed major improvement.  Hubby and I agreed yesterday that no matter what now, … Read more

Sad Goodbye to Abbi and Rootbeer – The Rainbow Bridge

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Today is completely, utterly sucking for my immediate family.  Today they are saying goodbye to two close friends, Abbi and Rootbeer, their awesome family dogs. Abbi About 14 years ago, while my dad was helping to build a plant of some sort, my mom adopted the cutest Old English Sheepdog puppy ever.  Seriously, she looked like a cross between a giant hamster and a raccoon.  My parents, sisters, and I were living in Argentina and this puppy was an absolutely awesome addition to the family.  We didn’t need to know Spanish to talk dog.  🙂  I was around 16, Ambi was about 8, and my youngest sister was about 3.  We all loved this little, furry creature but the baby named her – Abbi. We all helped a little to raise her, but Abbi was obviously mom’s pet.  Mom took care of her the most (as usual with family pets, right?) and Abbi took to mom like a fourth child.  She was a great hunter (sad for many not-fast-enough birds) and a fun playmate.  And she grew fast.  Who knew a tiny puppy can turn into a 70 pound herding dog?  It is a little like magic. Her weight meant that she … Read more

Was this $500 a Stupid Expense?

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Mr. BFS and I own two dogs right now.  Mr. Pug is a 100% inbred Pug that we adopted in 2009 from PugHearts Rescue and he is around 9 years old.  I write about him the most since developed allergy issues in 2010 that cost about $2000 to clear up over a year and he still has to take a daily steroid pill and eat special vegetarian dog food since he is allergic to meat, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn.  Miss Doxie is a Dachshund mutt that we adopted in 2005 from the Houston SPCA.  She is around 15 years old and has never had many problems.  But she had surgery yesterday. Quick Miss Doxie History Miss Doxie came to us in 2005 pretty healthy except for her teeth.  We spent a few hundred on her then to have some rotten teeth removed and the rest cleaned.  Since then, her only vet bills have been for basic checkups and pneumonia that Oreo gave her a couple of years ago.  She has the very beginnings of cataracts, but there is nothing they can do about it at this stage.  And she has had a lump on her belly for a few years.  … Read more

Frugal Tips for the Pet Pooch

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As a few of you know, my husband and I share our home with dogs – a 13 year old Dachshund, Miss Doxie, and an 8 year old Pug, Mr. Pug. I say “share” because I don’t see anyone saying they “own” Miss Doxie…she is almost cat-like, I swear. Thanks to major allergies, Mr. Pug is already a pretty expensive pet, so we do cut back where we can as long as it keeps everyone happy. Here are a few frugal tips I can suggest for your pet pooch. Dog Tip#1 – Doggy Treats I know that dog treats can easily add up if you are buying $5 bags every couple of weeks. I realized that our dogs were going just as nuts for a dropped ice cube as they did for a liver-flavored whatever. So now, I am a big fan of using frozen green beans to make our dogs flip out. They’re healthier, cheaper, and we have them around all of the time anyway. Any frozen green vegetable works – broccoli, spinach clumps, lima beans, etc. Mr. BFS and I just like green beans better, so that’s what we have in the house. It works for us. The … Read more

My Pug’s Bi-Annual Vet Visit

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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.  Mr. Pug 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 … Read more