Post # 1
FI and I are proud parents to a 4 year old Pomeranian that we found on CL of all places about a year ago. isn’t she cute??
Well last night we came to the bedroom and found her stiff on the floor rocking side to side unable to come to us! We were terrified so we scooped her up and rushed her to a 24/7 vet hospital. The doctor says it was a seizure and advised that we leave her overnight so they can monitor. They ran blood work and found her liver levels high so she must have eaten something. They did an X-ray but couldnt see anything. Anyway, I get to pick her up later today but now this little emergency is costing us $700 and while our wedding is still 6 months away that’s still a big hit for us to take! Hindsight makes me feel silly for panicking because she was prancing around the vets office just fine when we got her there. Blah. Anyway I stress a lot over this wedding budget and I really hope more emergencies don’t happen between now and then! So bees, anyone of you fur baby parents experience puppy seizures? Any lasting vet bills in my future??
Post # 3
@TheFutureMrsNguyen: Grr I know your frustration. Our fur baby swallowed a whole chicken wing. He has really bad table manners and just as quick as I jumped up and grabbed his jaw to open it he swallowed it. The vet bills are ridiculous. I’m so sorry. ):
Post # 4
Dogs cost a frickin FORTUNE! My dog got sick all summer and we spent about $3000 at the vet figuring it out. It was about $300-$500 a week. We didn’t have the money, but what we were supposed to do? She needed the care. It can be such a nightmare!
Post # 5
unfortunately that kind of thing is part of being a pet owner. My parents old dog used to have seizures frequently – other than it being pretty scary to watch, there was nothing to be done for them outside of routine care and some medication.
Post # 6
Hi – I’m sorry you are dealing with unexpected expenses so close to the wedding. $700 is a lot of money!! I carry pet insurance on my dogs for the reason that I don’t want to have to shell out serious $$ unexpectedly. At least I can budget the cost of insurance.
There are many reasons why dogs can have seizures. I guess I am fairly used to it with my animals. I give my dogs this test before I ever take them to the emergency vet – If they are eating, drinking, pooping and peeing, then they are fine to wait to go to their regular doctor.
I’m glad things seem to be going ok with your pup. Hopefully they can find the cause of the high liver count.
Post # 7
@TheFutureMrsNguyen: yea I can feel that pain. My big derp ate sago palm. Three days and over $1,000 later he came home a healthy pup! My FI also had to pay 800 because our pup ate the stuffing out of a toy and needed to clean out his system. Its always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the fur babies!
Post # 8
Well she’s home and fine!! I am totally relived! She just has to take some antibiotics and eat special tummy friendly wet food. She feels spoiled because we don’t usually let her have wet food. 🙂 on the plus side it only came to $530!! A bit more managable.
Post # 9
I hear ya! I just spent over $350 on my cat, and most of that was on routine stuff (plus he got sick and needed some pain injections, but that was only $90, and he’s all better now).
It was interesting to have a talk with FI about how much we would be willing to spend to help a pet. I wouldn’t spend all my life’s savings or anything, but I would put down some cash depending on quality of life after the treatment. The thing is that it can cost easily $1000 just to get a diagnosis on a problem!
Definitely something that pet owners have to be prepared for. I looked into pet insurance when he got ill, but I don’t think I’m going to do it… just swallow the pill and pay for it if/when something happens.
Post # 10
Glad she’s home & doing well! And good thing the bill was a little less! I’ve gotten quite used to spending a fortune on our animals. We took in a senior golden retriever a few years ago and she had some big vet bills, and we only had her for a year and a half. Our newest dog has cost us quite a bit already too!
Post # 11
Awww I feel for you and your lil’ pommy! When I was single over 2 years ago and had just filed bankruptcy, my fur baby got a life-threatening autoimmune disease that caused a $2000+ in vet bills. With no money on hand and no credit cards I was an absolute devastated mess!!! But she is still alive today and that is freaking PRICELESS! Don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have her cute face to come home to everyday.
I don’t know anything about seizures in dogs but I hope she doesn’t get another one! Do you really think it was something bad she could have eaten?
P.S. – don’t you just hate it when they act fine once you get them to the vet or after you’ve had a heart attack yourself and rushed them to your vet?! Those lil’ buggers! But better safe than sorry!
Post # 12
I feel your pain. My dogs don’t have the same issue as yours, but we are no strangers to the emergency vet and their high prices. I’ve become my regular vet’s most annoying patient (at least I assume so) because at every regualr visit I badger her with questions about possible situations and how to tell what actaully requires a trip in and what can be handled at home.
Post # 13
glad she’s better, it is frustrating that they can’t tell you what is wrong. smaller dogs tend to have seizures, sometimes nerves and sometimes low blood sugar, you might keep an eye on her eating.
Your wedding is a meaninful day to you, but your pet is a lifetime (for him anyways) of unconditional love and fun and laughs, so dont forget that. Maybe eliminate an ordourve or some flowers or favors or something if you need to, everyone will understand and some of these items wont even be missed! 🙂 he is lucky to have such a loving owner and it’s lucky that you had the available funds to give you some peace in taking him in. you just never know.
we have the same thing, got a new puppy -if it’s not money for the vet, it’s money for the gate, the fence, the toys, the exercise pen, figuring out how to get rid of the sticker bushes growing all over our yard…sigh.