Post # 1
I love my dog so much. I am under an incredible amount of stress right now because she has had continual health problems the last few months. She has always been an active dog and has had to have countless surgeries for splitting open various parts of her body from all of our adventures when we lived in the mountains. She would always find a way to get hurt. Splitting open her paw, her leg, her underbelly, her throat, getting a stick in her inner throat, this dog and I have been through a lot.
Now that we moved to the midwest I keep her on leash for the most part and those injuries don’t happen anymore; but she developed this ear infection that we have been battling the last few months. At first the we and the vet thought it was just a bacterial infection. The dog was freaking out and trying to climb up my leg to help her and running into the glass door. Then after the antibiotics we thought it was just a yeast infection. She did not move from her bed for two weeks and I had to convince her to eat 🙁 (So sad to see, because she is such a happy dog.) Then the vet found it was a growth in her ear. We had to get her some dog boots because she would not stop scratching and making it worse. Now I just realized she has a huge infected sore from the booties!
I am just so stressed out. She has been in the vet’s office every week or two and we have already spent a couple thousand dollars- just in the last two months. This is not money we had to spare. Plus, just dealing with problem after problem is wearing on me. Seeing her so depressed and in pain and having a new problem constantly emerge.
Anyone else have to deal with a pet that seems to constantly have problems? I know some people have to deal with this with children, so I do not mean to complain, it is just really starting to get to me. It is incredibly stressful. She goes again on friday to see if she needs surgery for the growth to be removed. AHHH!
Plus my Grampa just died and I had to see my family. I said something about how my dog was finally doing better (so I thought at the time) and my dad literally goes, “OOOHH! WOW!!!! I am SOOOO glad!!!” Sarcastically while rolling his eyes and mocking me. WTF?
Thank you for reading my vent 🙁 I am just really sad and stressed about this.
Post # 3
I’ve been going through this with my cat. She has always been healthy up until April 1st when she was diagnosed with Diabetes and shortly after Pancreatitis. It has seriously taken over my life, and my money, and my sanity at some points. I thought at one point we would have to push back the wedding to next year because we spent over $3000 in the beginning just to get her on track. Then when the financial part started to ease, she was diagnosed with a major E-Coli infection in her bladder and kidneys, which is the reason we haven’t been able to get her diabietes regulated, and with that, spending another $3000 on Ultrasounds, vet stays, antibiotics, blood tests, etc etc.
Thank god my vet allowed us to do a payment plan finally.
As stressful as it is, we didn’t push back the wedding, and we are just dealing with it the best we can. I could not even Fathom giving her up, or putting her down unnecessarily.
So yea, i totally know what you are going through.
Post # 4
I’m really sorry and i know it sucks when you have a pet that is sick 🙁 Can’t they take the growth out?
Post # 5
@cbee: I’m so sorry about your dog. This is just as much a part of your family as anyone else. Don’t mind your father… he’s probably grief-stricken if that was his father. But don’t let him invalidate your feelings, because you are entitled to them.
I understand what it’s like to have one thing after another happen. I just lost a kitty within the last month or two. It’s horrible.
Can you maybe discuss a payment plan with the vet?
Another tactic that helped my in-laws: they had an ill doggie… on whom they had spent thousands of dollars. When an infection popped up, they said, “We’ve spent so much money here in X amount of time, can’t you cut us a break?” and the vet did. I hope this helps you. But please don’t think your feelings are invalid. Take the time to nurture yourself through this rough time.
Post # 6
@RockStar33: Oh my gosh! Then you know exactly how I feel! It is so stressful, and so expensive, and so sad 🙁 We had to start telling the vet we have budget concerns, because it was $500 a visit, every two weeks. It is like living pay check to pay check to support her health :/ I am sorry you are going through this as well. Pets are so innocent and I wish it was like the healthcare system and that we could be “billed” and have a payment plan. Maybe my vet will consider that. Thank you for sharing! I hope your little one is on the up and up.
@TankIsCute: We are seeing what happens with the anti-inflammatories now, and on Friday she goes again to see if she need surgery for the growth. Sigh. 🙁 They even charge for her to stay at the hospital! AHH! Thanks for the support 🙁
Post # 7
I am sorry about your puppy. Did they not look into her ears or do a swab before sending her home with the medication?
Post # 8
I definitely know how you feel. My dog is 9 years old and is having all kinds of age-related problems. The medication for her arthritis is really expensive but it helps her so much that I have to keep her on it. She’s also been having problems with incontinence and trying to get a correct diagnosis for it is not only expensive, but puts her under a lot of stress.
Definitely let your veterinarian know that money is a concern for you, and remind them each time if you need to. They’ll usually keep that in mind when discussing treatment options with you, and won’t necessarily be so quick to run certain diagnostics. Ask for alternative options and make sure that everything they’re doing is absolutely necessary.
Post # 9
@StuporDuck: Aw, thank you julieschnooks! You are like my unfortunate life occurance buddy right now 🙁 I really appreciate everything you said and I am going to think about it. My family always de-validates my feelings. They don’t care how they make me feel, and it makes tolerating them difficult. They are the kind of people who will say, “you shouldn’t feel that way, you are thin-skinned” or “you are sensitive.” My mum does it to us so unfortunately my sisters do it to me. I also feel a lot of pressure right now because everyone is telling me it is on me to take care of my dad. That is a whole-nother load of stress when I do not get along with him that well and when he is unemployed and has lots of health problems- I am still trying to get my own life together.
About doggie- Last time we took her in we had to set a limit and the vet worked within that limit, so hopefully we can work / continue to work something out. Thanks for the ideas and I am so sorry you are going through similar things right now. Sending you virtual hugs.
@Cady: Thanks, cady. For a long time she had the brown gunk in her ear and we cleaned it weekly with que-tips. It got worse this fall and the vet did nothing. So then we got a new vet and it was so infected with bacteria it was almost swollen shut! SO at first it was bacteria. (Hence the anti-biotics and steroids at first.) Then it was yeast. Plus she scratches it. But now that it is yeast and the swelling has gone down they found the growth. :/ 🙁
Post # 10
If you haven’t already, try a raw or at least a grain-free diet to see if that helps with the ear infections.
If you can get control of the infection/yeast/swelling, there is a good chance she won’t need surgery right now. (?)
I am a pet sitter and see lots of different scenarios. I wish dogs could talk!
Post # 11
@cbee: Poor baby, I am sorry about that first vet. Good thing you switched!
Post # 12
Yes, my female pomeranian. She has severe allergies, a collapsing trachea, teeth issues and now she will need surgery on her knee eventually. Some dogs are just more prone to issues than others. *Sigh* but we love them don’t we!
Post # 13
@MrsBot: Poor doggie of yours 🙁 I am glad the meds help, arthritis is so painful! It is so stressful isn’t it? I wish they lived as long as we do, but I guess that is part of what makes them special. I feel like I just got my girl and she will turn 7 this fall. Good idea about reminding the vet about the budget, we definitely will! One good thing- this vet has the assistant print out the bill before treatment, so I can at least discuss the options and say, no thanks to certain things.
@SandyDollHair: Totally! I just switched her to Nutri-Source (Large breed lamb), it is the best grain-free food for the price ($50 a bag) that I can afford. The vet was really happy I did that. I wish I could get her even better food, but at least it is grain-free and made in Minnesota.
@Cady: Oh yes, this vet is SO much better! She is more expensive, but is a really good vet and she is all about nutrition too, so now doggie is on better foods.
@Treejewel19: Oh my goodness! Your poor little baby! It is funny, I had a yellow lab who had no problems. He was like a bag of bricks. But my poor little German Shorthair is the exact opposite. Ever since the day I got her, she had a hernia and kennel cough. Sigh. I really love them so much, they are so innocent and they can’t help it.
It is so stressful having to watch her, but at least I work from home. Not that I am getting much done!
Post # 14
Poor dear dog, now she has a sore on her vagina, her leg, and her paw. I think the vet gave her a yeast infection by doing so many anitbiotics and steroids. Her leg is an open sore. It is scary. When Darling Husband took dear dog to the vet last week when I was alarmed she said to just put antibiotic ointment on it. That was over a week and a half and it is not better. It is just heartbreaking. It makes me want to go into this field because I would be there to help, not cause more problems for money… 🙁