Every time I take one of the 4 legged kids in for a problem there is a sense of dread (except if it is Bug). What is wrong? What will the vet say? And this is awful, but in the back of my mind I am thinking, is the vet going to say we have to put her down? This is not something I worry about with the kids because the Pediatrician is never going to suggest we euthanize them...but it is a real thought with a dog (and more so with each passing year).
Fortunately, the verdict at the vet's was only impacted/ infected anal glands. They cleaned them out and gave her some meds (I sincerely apologize if anyone was eating while reading that). Vet's visit to clean out anal glands-$115. Not having to do it yourself-priceless.
Even though it was a $115 well spent, it did get me thinking about how much money we have pumped into this dog. Let me introduce you to Gidget- the world's most expensive dog.
|We nicknamed her "The Money Pit"|
This dog is constantly trying to die and continually draining our bank account. Here is a list of all of Gidget's near death experiences, vet procedures, and other expensive encounters:
- Pneumonia. Almost died.
- Electrocution. Only slightly charred.
- Chewed open a bottle of advil. Got her stomach pumped.
- Opened a backpack, chewed through a bottle of my husband's thyroid medication. Got her stomach pumped.
- Opened a backpack, ate medication. Got her stomach pumped. All these backpack incidents happened right before we were going out of town. Both times they involved overnight vet stays.
- Knee surgery.
- Root canals (Yeah, you read that right, dogs can have root canals. $800+ for 2 root canals)
- Pulled teeth
- Unsuccessful eye duct surgery
- Hormone medication
So why do we do it? Why do we pump so much money into our dogs? Because they are a part of the family! Gidget might be a curmudgeonly little thing who seems to be the dog incarnation of Maxine:
|I swear, they are twins!|
What would you give for your pets?