Other posts related to vet-care

Do You Have Your Emergency Numbers Handy?

August 16, 2011 12:47 pm

I ask this as I received a scare the other day after I returned home from golfing and my girlfriend let me know that there was an ‘incident’ with my beagles where they got on top of the counter and pulled off a plate smashing it to bits (the plate of course has bacon on it!).

Anyhow, one of them must have cut their tongue or something as although I hadn’t seen it – apparently there was blood everywhere. Panicking, my girlfriend got our neighbour and called the vet. Off they went.

Once there, the vet simply checked them out, there was no visible signs of bleeding – the dogs looked fine – she was told that even though there was a piece of plate missing – that it wouldn’t show up in an x-ray?? And sent home. ($100 + later).

All the while I’m out playing around at a cottage spinning my friends ATV Tires and golfing as well.. having fun. She told me later that since there didn’t appear to be anything wrong per the vet – there was no need to let me know… I’m not sure if I agree or not – but I guess she did think it through.

Right now I’m monitoring the dogs stool and feeding to make sure nothing irregular shows up, and investigating the reasons as to why they wouldn’t x-ray my hounds when asked. But I just wanted to advise people out there to make sure you have those emergency numbers on hand and a game plan in place in case of emergency.. remember, you only need one.. when you need one!

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Money woes a factor in pet care

June 23, 2010 9:34 am

image You know I may be putting this on the blog and most people would disagree with the ideas stated in the article, but the statistics don’t lie.

AP recently did a poll on what would happen if a family was suddenly faced with an emergency vet bill.

While most pet owners, 62 percent, would likely get vet care if the bill was $500, the percentage drops below half when the cost hits $1,000. The number drops to 35 percent if the cost is $2,000 and to 22 percent if it reaches $5,000.

Obviously to me this isn’t the case.. my Hunter had to have 2 surgeries both over $1000 this year and there wasn’t even a question. Of course, I’m sure my girlfriend would rather me spend that money on, oh, I don’t know, perhaps some diamond engagement rings or something of the like? Ha ha ha, just kidding.. she’s just as smitten with our Hounds as I am! (love you babe!).

Anyhow it does raise an interesting question for both insurance for pets, as well as what you would do if faced with something like this. Personally, I now have pet insurance (albeit limited) but at least it’s something and I don’t have to worry as much.

Read more on the article I read at: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37591254/ns/health-pet_health/#ixzz0rg7zb1fL