Post # 1
Don’t worry…she seems to be doing fine and we took her to the 24 hour emergency room vet to get checked out. But here are a few things that I learned from this accident and the dog attack 6 months ago…
1) Keep your composure (as best you can). This is a horrible situation, but if you have the time (non life threatening injuries) get the person who is responsible’s information (license/plates, name, number) so that you have a way to contact them and hold them responsible for any financial burdens that result.
2) Write down your side of the story, and if necessary involve the police. (Our accident happened because a man ran the stopsign at the intersection we were crossing) This ties into keeping composure, you don’t want the person responsible to run, or become uncooperative, before you have the opportunity to get the info you need.
3) Make sure that if the treatment facility you are at charges before services are rendered that you get them the information of the party responsible to them ASAP. You don’t want your inability to pay for services, or a holdup in getting in touch with the responsible party, to cause any problems.
I hope none of you bees have to go through this type of thing, but this is our second emergency room visit in 6 months and by doing these things we’ve avoided over $900 in vet bills and have a little better ability to deal with crises.
Post # 3
@fvsoccer: Oh no. I’m so glad you’re dog is okay though. (hugs)
Post # 4
Oh my goodness i’m so sorry! And i;m SO SO happy she is ok!
Post # 5
That sounds awful! I’m glas your dog is ok.
Post # 6
i’m so glad to hear your pup is ok!!!
it was eerie reading your post tho lol. my pooch got attacked by another dog one morning when i was walking him before work. later that year he got hit by a car. what a weird coincidence!
unfortunately it was a nyc cab who just kept going and he was hurt pretty badly so any chance of keeping our composure was pretty shot lol.
after a week-long stay in the hospital, surgery and an astronomical vet bill, our boy came home and he healed up quite nicely. of course two years later (last year) we found out he had cancer. so now we’re struggling with that.
i would add to your lessons: GET PET INSURANCE!!!!
it was something i put off since i first got my dog almost 8 years ago, and then of course after he got hit by the car no one would cover him. so we’ve had to throw down some hefty piles of cash to keep our buddy healthy (we’re close to the $25k mark now – living in NYC does not help matters). this is bad enough as it is but they discovered his cancer six months into our engagement as we were in the full swing of wedding planning putting deposits down left and right. they DO always say, if you want to make God laugh…
Post # 7
@FMCollado: Oh yeah, I would totally agree with the pet insurance thing…too bad it is so expensive. It costs almost as much as my insurance monthly! Unless you can let me in on some less expensive but still worthwhile insurance secrets…? I posted a few months ago about the person whose dog attacked us and we had to take her to the vet for that too.
@Bichon Frise: and @Rush1986: and @Rouquine: thanks so much! I think she will be alright, but we just have to monitor her overnight to make sure any bruising of the lungs is not severe enough to cause pulmonary distress.
Hopefully we can get more helpful advice!
Post # 8
Great advice and I’m so happy to hear that you dog is doing well!
Post # 9
@fvsoccer: I am so truly happy to hear that your pooch is okay. I almost didn’t open this thread because I can’t handle news about puppies who have crossed the rainbow bridge:(
We have VPI Pet Insurance and we are really happy with it. They have a few different plans available for different costs, and we get the one where only emergency care/extreme illness is covered and it’s pretty cheap. I think we pay around $30 per month per dog and it has totally been worth the price.
Just recently my 23lb Corgi got her paws on 6oz of dark chocolate and got really sick. She’s totally fine now (and didn’t learn a damn thing I’m sure) and we are getting reimbursed for about 90% of the $600 cost of the visit.
Post # 10
@MrsCarnival: oh thank goodness! i’ve gotta look into that when we have a little more money. it seems like our luck is running out.
Post # 11
Oh no that is terrible! Glad to hear your dog is okay!
I also want to add that I highly recommend pet insurance; it has saved me TONS of money so far. Also, if something happened to my dog that I couldn’t pay for, I wouldn’t have to feel guilty about her not getting the care she needed due to my finances.