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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

A Big Welcome to Oreo – Our Newest Canine Family Member

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As I mentioned in passing before, Mr. BFS has been interested in adopting a dog that would be mainly his own.  We had been putting it off since we were traveling so much, but now there is a few month break and we took the plunge. Our Current Dogs Miss Doxie is 14 now and acts more like a cat than a Dachshund mutt – she wants love when she wants it and then she ignores us completely.  We adopted her from the Houston SPCA in 2005 and she is still the queen of the house. Mr. Pug, 9-10 right now, is a momma’s boy and is sitting in my lap as I type this – excellent arm rest.  We adopted him in 2009 from Pugearts: Houston Pug Rescue and he decided to be mainly my dog within that first week.  So Mr. BFS has been wanting to find a dog that would adopt him and who would be big enough to play with. Meet Oreo On Sunday afternoon, we visited the Houston SPCA once again and came home with Oreo.  She is a 3 year old white and black mutt that seems to be a mix between a Pointer and a Hound … Read more

We Thought About Getting a Puppy

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A couple of weeks ago, my husband’s aunt mentioned that her friend’s Dachshund just had a litter of long-haired puppies. She asked if she should keep us in mind. We talked about it over the next few hours and then threw our hats into the ring. Over the next few days we went over all the little things, good and bad, that would come along with having a puppy. Puppy Pros CUTE!  That is the biggest selling point.  Puppies are freaking adorable! Will have grown up in our household.  Our two dogs were middle-aged rescues that came with some issues that we can’t untrain.  Miss Doxie is a racist and Mr. Pug is scared silly of small children for the first hour they are in the room. May keep Miss Doxie young.  Miss Doxie is 13 years old now but small animals and kids seem to revive her quite a bit.  She gets peppy. Puppy Cons Time.  I know I’d be spending significant time every day on everything puppy since Mr. BFS would only be home during the day on weekends and school holidays. Money.  All of the shots and having a dog fixed adds up to a few hundred dollars right … Read more

My Dog Eats Poop And I’m Out $90

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If you are having a meal, I am sorry to have disturbed it.  But my inbred Pug has decided that poop is the best thing since Pupperoni, which has led to yet another skin infection.  Yay… Meet Mr. Pug For anybody who hasn’t met Mr. Pug, he is my 9 year old that we rescued 3 years ago from Pughearts.  For a full year, he had no issues.  Then he developed allergies…not Claritin-can-fix-it allergies, but the I’m-going-to-slowly-kill-you kind.  After much guessing and checking and $2500 of visits and meds, the vets came to the conclusion that my poor dog is allergic to all meat, dairy, soy, corn, wheat, and a few environmental things as well…like grass and pollen.  This means that he is going to be on steroids ($4 a month) for the rest of his life as well as vegetarian dog food that costs $50 for a 16 pound bag.  He also has to be treated twice a week or more for dry eye with $40 eye drops, face stuff at $15 a bottle, and have his ears cleaned with $20 a bottle antibiotic cleaner.  In short, he is a high maintenance pet that costs a minimum of $750 a year. Vet Visit for … Read more