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Old 03-23-09, 08:39 PM
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I'm a little sad today and need some advice and cheering up

I brought my log-awaited rescue dog home on Friday. (I had delayed the adoption due to some personal things- and also because he had to have a bladder stone removed.) After much insistence on receiving the analysis of the stone before I picked him up (and then reassurance of the rescue society and vet that it was probably due to abuse/lack of care he suffered), I brought him home BEFORE the results came in. I was SO excited after waiting almost a month, and this was stupid.

Today, I received an email that he will need to be on a prescription diet and have his urine checked every 6 months, and to call the vet Wednesday when she is in for more info.

I'm absolutely in tears. I just can't bear to bond with him a few more days, and find out Wed from the vet that the expenses are more than I can commit to.

Am I being selfish? In deciding to get a dog I had no denial on expenses of vet bills, pet hotels (since I travel to MN often), and the occasional incident. What I didn't bargain for were consistent expenses, and I'm disappointed in the situation, and myself.

Offending creature that is breaking my heart:

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That is a tough call indeed Artifice and I have no useful advice to offer. I will keep you in my thoughts though and hope all works out well.
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Have you looked into any pet care insurance? You may also be able to find a vet that will work with you on payments.
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http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+1634&aid=400
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Read through that, Arti.
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Originally Posted by artifice View Post
I'm a little sad today and need some advice and cheering up

I brought my log-awaited rescue dog home on Friday. (I had delayed the adoption due to some personal things- and also because he had to have a bladder stone removed.) After much insistence on receiving the analysis of the stone before I picked him up (and then reassurance of the rescue society and vet that it was probably due to abuse/lack of care he suffered), I brought him home BEFORE the results came in. I was SO excited after waiting almost a month, and this was stupid.

Today, I received an email that he will need to be on a prescription diet and have his urine checked every 6 months, and to call the vet Wednesday when she is in for more info.

I'm absolutely in tears. I just can't bear to bond with him a few more days, and find out Wed from the vet that the expenses are more than I can commit to.

Am I being selfish? In deciding to get a dog I had no denial on expenses of vet bills, pet hotels (since I travel to MN often), and the occasional incident. What I didn't bargain for were consistent expenses, and I'm disappointed in the situation, and myself.

Offending creature that is breaking my heart:

What would be the alternative for your dog? I would say that having made the commitment, I would keep my promise--but that's just me.

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Have you looked into any pet care insurance? You may also be able to find a vet that will work with you on payments.
I did look into pet care insurance. Because he has an underlying condition, with several companies I was denied regular coverage and only offered accident insurance.

Payments would be helpful if he had another surgery, but for the day-to-day (prescription food) or bi-yearly urine analysis expenses - we're already talking another 10+years of expensive vet bills....
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What would be the alternative for your dog? I would say that having made the commitment, I would keep my promise--but that's just me.

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I think I am having a hard time seeing past my own self-pity at the moment. I feel incredibly guilty for accepting the adoption before all the facts were in, and maybe when I talk to the vet this week the damage isn't so bad.

The alternative would be re-placement by the society in a home that is already knowledgeable, accepting and accommodating of his special needs condition.
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My cats were on prescription food, one for kidney stones and one for bladder stones. The prescription stuff ended up making one of them sicker. I did a lot of research and switched both cats to all natural food almost a year ago. Neither of them has had any problems since.

Before you give up on the dog, do some research. There might be alternatives to expensive prescription food. I would not think the vet exam twice a year would be that bad.
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Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+1634&aid=400
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Read through that, Arti.
It's not as bad as you are fearing.
ironically, I was just reading that same article.
I realize his condition is manageable, I'm concerned about to what expense?
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My cats were on prescription food, one for kidney stones and one for bladder stones. The prescription stuff ended up making one of them sicker. I did a lot of research and switched both cats to all natural food almost a year ago. Neither of them has had any problems since.

Before you give up on the dog, do some research. There might be alternatives to expensive prescription food. I would not think the vet exam twice a year would be that bad.
Thanks for the thoughts- I'm doing a little research right now.

And honestly, as upset as I was tonight over the thought of giving him up- I'm in a little bit of shock about how hard it would be to lose a pet. I think this is in response to having lost my father and uncle late last year. In adopting a pet I was looking for companionship, not loss. My gut reaction was to throw him in the car at 8pm and drive him (nearly an hour) back to the society before I get even more attached, and it gets even harder.
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Expensive dog food is about two dollars a pound
When I took my last dog in for tests the vet bill would run around $110.00

I doubt you dog will eat even five or so pounds of food a week.
And will she(?) will not need the S/D food the entire time.

You may be able to find a vet that is less expensive than mine (my vet is on the high side).
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Being adviceless, all I can do is hope for the best. So I'll do that. Good luck, artifice.
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Expensive dog food is about two dollars a pound
When I took my last dog in for tests the vet bill would run around $110.00

I doubt you dog will eat even five or so pounds of food a week.
And will she(?) will not need the S/D food the entire time.

You may be able to find a vet that is less expensive than mine (my vet is on the high side).
Yeah, he is about 15 lbs, and eats 1/3 cup 2x a day, so its not too much damage on the food front.

You reminded me... that I have the paperwork from his urinalyses and cystotomy. Looks like the analysis was just under $100, but the procedure was nearly $1,000- yikes, hope that doesn't have to happen again.

I think I am freaking out prematurely not knowing all the facts. what a TERRIBLE email to get late this evening. Would have been nice to just hear everything on Wed when I could actually talk to the vet (since I can't do anything but worry till then)
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A grand is a lot for a cystotomy. Bet that is the late night emergency price.
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no, actually it was scheduled for about a week after the urinalysis. The grad included the procedure and all accompanying drugs, fluids, stone analysis, radiograph.... does that still seem high?
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Looking at those pictures, I would lean towards selling one or two of my own organs if necessary to pay for the dog's medical bills.

But that's me, the sentimental idiot, and you wanted sensible advice
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Maybe a little, but honestly I'm a couple of years out of date.
It was about $650-700 for Atticus' surgery.
FWIW after I knew he had the condition diet alone was enough to keep it in check.
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Looking at those pictures, I would lean towards selling one or two of my own organs if necessary to pay for the dog's medical bills.

But that's me, the sentimental idiot, and you wanted sensible advice
that is the same problem I am having!!
his temperament is as adorable as he is. could care less about getting into my things, learned his boundaries in my house real quick (no dogs in the bedroom!) and potty trained. Whines a little when alone, but hardly any barks. I got a slightly used, trained dog at a bargain!
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I'm looking forward to meeting the little guy. Maybe we should set him and Cat up on a date. I'm sure they'd get along really well...
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I'm looking forward to meeting the little guy. Maybe we should set him and Cat up on a date. I'm sure they'd get along really well...
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Hey Arti I'd look into all natural meat foods (like chicken, turkey, ground beef) and a reverse osmosis water filter, you can get a unit (RO) and have a friend with a little plumbing knowledge install the RO water unit for you, pretty cheap (like $100.00-$200.00) and it fits under most sinks, it'll do your little guy alot more good than any meds or "special diet foods" and it will more than likely make those 6 month vet visits go away too.
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Originally Posted by artifice View Post
that is the same problem I am having!!
his temperament is as adorable as he is. could care less about getting into my things, learned his boundaries in my house real quick (no dogs in the bedroom!) and potty trained. Whines a little when alone, but hardly any barks. I got a slightly used, trained dog at a bargain!
I would try to take a deep breath and maybe sleep on it for a day or so and look into the options as suggested here. It really might not be so bad. We constantly have to make budgetary allowances for unexpected expenses and emergencies and situations. It's never welcome or easy to part with money we didn't plan on spending but for the things that really matter we do it somehow.

No one would fault you for going back on it and it's totally understandable that you are upset and having second thoughts. I'd say think about it for a spell and then do what your heart tells you.
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I'm looking forward to meeting the little guy. Maybe we should set him and Cat up on a date. I'm sure they'd get along really well...
I think they would! he was fostered with two cats and just loves em.

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Hey Arti I'd look into all natural foods and reverse osmosis water, you can get a unit (RO) and have a friend with a little plumbing knowledge install the RO water unit for you, pretty cheap (like $100.00-$200.00) and it fits under most sinks, it'll do your little guy alot more good than any meds or "special diet foods"
thanks, those are some things I'll look into.

What is the advantage of a RO system over filtered water (that you buy by the jug at the grocery), or a brita filter? I ask because I'm currently in a rental situation (and unfortunately lately apartment hopping for various job security and other crazy life reasons). Something portable would be ideal.
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What is the advantage of a RO system over filtered water (that you buy by the jug at the grocery), or a brita filter? I ask because I'm currently in a rental situation (and unfortunately lately apartment hopping for various job security and other crazy life reasons). Something portable would be ideal.
I don't think there is any.
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I think they would! he was fostered with two cats and just loves em.

thanks, those are some things I'll look into.

What is the advantage of a RO system over filtered water (that you buy by the jug at the grocery), or a brita filter? I ask because I'm currently in a rental situation (and unfortunately lately apartment hopping for various job security and other crazy life reasons). Something portable would be ideal.
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