(Closed) NWR: Those with pets or planning to get one should read this

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh! Where are you a vet 🙂 We are both in Pittsburgh!

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

great post!  We had an unexpected emergency when our cat was hit by a car last year and we were in the horrible situation of discussing the financial obligations associated with his care while he was barely alive in the emergency hospital.  It was stressful and heartbreaking and now we know to have this figured out ahead of time, it’s so important.  Additionally, I know most people may not be fan of credit cards but we actually got Care Credit which is a great assistant in these kinds of emergencies.  You can charge the service and have 6 months of no interest to pay it off.  We did this in our emergency and had it paid off in 4 months without any penalties, so it really helped us out when we were not prepared.  Thankfully now we are!

Post # 19
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682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Thank you for posting this! 

We have two cats and have pet insurance. Our first cat had to have surgery at 8 months old to remove a blockage in his intestine (he ate the stuffing out of a toy. No more stuffed toys for him!) $2,000 later we took him home. When he was just over a year old we had to take him back when he chewed off the tie from the inside of my satin robe. Luckily it *ahem* came out on its own. After that we got the insurance. Which came in handy when we found out he had crystals in his urine. After many vet visits and medications, the insurance came in handy. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Thank you for posting this! Our wedding is less than two weeks away, and I am updating our info sheet for our two petsitters (two friends are splitting the 11 days between them) who will be watching our dog.

That last bullet point is so heartbreaking, but so necessary! I have not included anything along those lines (beyond directions to preferred emergency vet), and it is such an important thing to think about. We have watched fiance’s dad and stepmom deal with enormous bills related to their dogs (compromised liver for one, hip displaysia for another), and need to have a serious talk between us about the dollar amount we will spend for Barney and what our criteria is for his quality of life.

Now I need to go home and hug the stuffing out of my dog. 🙂

 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This couldn’t come at a better time! We just had some friends come to us looking for a home for one of their dogs (long story but htey can’t keep him. We are waiting to finalize things but I was just thinking about the financial aspect of pet ownership too, esp. medical bills, and wondering what to do. I like the idea of putting money away for a pet memergency fund. Thank you!!

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