(Closed) Cutting Costs: Our dog's vet bill today was more than my wedding dress!

posted 4 years ago in Money
Post # 3
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


ugh, sorry to hear.  But good that your dog will be ok!  I spent $1200 (nearly as expensive as my dress…  But my cat is more important to me than my dress!) on my 14 year old cat this weekend, only to find out he probably has a tumor in his stomach, so we are just keeping him comfortable until he isn’t anymore.  He’s curled in my lap rig ht now.  I’ve been crying for the last 3 days straight, my face is a puffy mess, and I am so devestated to know that I’m losing my best furry friend 🙁
Financialy this is a PITA, but it won’t break us.  Emotionally though, this is just one more major stressor on top of a whole pile of other major stressors (moving to a new city, buying a new house, selling ours,starting new jobs, taking a boards exam for my work, trying to lose weight (which isn’t going great with all this stress…)) all in the last months/weeks leading up to my wedding, which still isn’t totally planned.  Sigh…

Anyway, didn’t mean to thread-jack.  Sorry about your pup, and good luck with cutting costs.  You will make it work!

Post # 4
4040 posts
Honey bee

@reynaweddingbee:  I hear you on unexpected expenses recently. Here’s my recent list:

$300 vet bill–Our new pup is not gaining weight like he should, so we have done blood work and meds (still no answer yet)

$200–new windshield because neighborhood teens decided to shoot my old one with a  bb gun

$150–registration fee (including $100 late fee)–my parents gifted my car to me finally after I have already had it for years and they gave me the title (I forgot to register it officially at the DMV until 6 months later)

$1000–FI needs to get his wisdom teeth removed (long overdue)

$350–new tires for my car

$400–new tires for FI’s car

$275–new wires for FI’s car (a squirrel helped himself to them)


Fortunately, we have a good chunk of money in savings, but it still sucks watching it get spent on things that aren’t “fun” or that are just for “fixing” things.

Post # 5
2963 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Quite frankly, I would take my cats to the vet’s before I would take myself to the doctor. Yes, I have spent thousands to save a cat’s life. And IMO, worth every penny. I love my cats more than 99.9% of the people on this planet.

But I do know the hassle of unexpected expenses. My car was totaled last year, so I have been driving our “back-up” car. The transmission went out on it last Thursday so I just dropped 10K on another car. That definitely was NOT planned for. Such is life!

I hope your dog gets better soon!

Post # 8
2687 posts
Sugar bee

@reynaweddingbee:  Hope your dog feels better!

I should not be reading this today, as I have to take our dog to the vet.  She got stung by a bee last week and keeps nipping at the spot on her leg.  The wound isn’t healing at all, so we want the vet to take a look at it.  Not looking forward to that bill because we also need to put down a deposit for our photographer this month, so this is already a lean month for us.  I wish we could save more this month but these things happen.  Our dog’s health is always worth it to me. 🙂

Post # 11
7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Yikes! That was expensive. But like you said, at least it wasn’t a complete bank breaker. 

Mint.com is great. It securely connects to your bank accounts so you can monitor multiple funds. 

Post # 13
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’ll second mint.com for tracking expenses

We spent 3k on our dog in March so I can definitely emphatize with the surprise costs at the vet. Hope your puppy feels better soon!

Post # 14
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m so glad you had the funds to fix up your pet!


I’m the email answerer for a local animal rescue, some people are not as prepared as you and want to give up their pet at their sickest. 


Post # 16
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We started going to a different vet that isn’t as fancy, but probably better in quality. We were able to save some money doing it that way. Getting our second dog microchipped was literally half the cost at the new vet. A few weeks before our City Hall wedding our dogs had their yearly vet visit, one dog chipped, vaccines (kennel cough, rabies, and bordetella?), plus their flea and tick meds for 6 months. Even though it was cheaper than the other vet, it still adds up. I’m glad your pup is okay though! I have some chronic health issues, so we had some co-pays right before the wedding, adn some after. For the month of May, my co-pays were a few times the cost of the dogs’ stuff 🙁

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