Pets: Can’t Live With Them…

… Can’t live without them. Well, I take that back. I actually can’t live without my pup. She’s my little baby.

Cat Alford

That’s why I was pretty scared when she got really sick last week. Our pup, Julep, is 3 years old, and she’s never been sick. EVER. So, when she had stomach issues for several days in a row, I took her to the vet. We’re fortunate that there is a vet school here in Grenada in addition to the hubs’ med school, so there are several vets trained all over the world that come here to teach.

I knew our pup was in good hands. Of course, when I heard the words “x rays,” “special diet,” and “blood work,” I just nodded like any good dog-parent would do, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about how much it would cost. I even thought about you, blog peeps, as in “Wow, I just told them I started an emergency fund, and I’m going to have to use it already.”

My dog spent an entire day at the vet. I left her there while I went to work. She got several tests, 3 xrays, and a ton of special food and medications, and it was $120.00 US. I was so pleasantly surprised. I heard that the vet care was affordable here, but I wasn’t sure it was going to be that affordable.

I was so relieved, and I was so pleased with the excellent care she received. I really felt that the vets here cared about her, and it was so nice that they called to check up on her 3x.

Of course, all that really matters is that this little stinker is feeling much better now, and we’re so happy for that. I would have emptied my entire emergency fund for her, but I’m glad I didn’t have to. :)

Anyone else have any surprise expenses lately? Was it more than you expected?

About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford aka "Cat" is a personal finance freelance writer who currently lives in the Caribbean with her husband and spoiled pup, Julep. To learn more about her writing services, please visit her Hire Me page or e-mail her at Cat[at]BudgetBlonde[dot]com. Follow her on Google + to get all the latest updates.

Lovely comments:

  1. So glad your pup is feeling better!
    And wow, I wonder if all vet schools charge rates that reasonable? That’s good to know!

  2. When I first read that, I thought uh-oh we are looking at a couple thousand at least, because I’ve had that happen before. You suck it up and do it, but it’s a punch to the gut. Glad to hear it was just 120 and your pup is doing OK.

  3. Aww, sounds like you found some good vets. While I hope your puppy doesn’t need them too often, it’s good to know they’re there (and not too expensive!) just in case…

  4. So happy to hear that your dog has recovered and is doing well. I know how scary it can be. Pets are family and when a family member is ill everyone gets anxious. Very glad it all worked out. I know we too would spend whatever it would take if our two cats got sick. Crossing fingers that we never have to worry about that either.

    Your island is just covered with doctors. I wonder why there are so many medical schools in the Caribbean.

  5. I can completely understand why this is such a worry when you have ‘adopted’ and are responsible for another life that is absolutely dependant on you (with the right advice) making the right decisions. It’s no wonder that people anthropomorphise their pet friends, they can mean so much and you can only realise it when they are in danger of not being around any more.

    My daughter’s best friend in the world is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Dobby) that we have had since she was 1 (She’s now 10). I know that she will be heart-broken on the day that she has to say goodbye to him and I hope that it isn’t for a long while yet. I also know that he has given her so much pleasure and so many wonderful memories that she will always keep him with her in her heart (as I have done for the dog that I grew up next to).

  6. Been thinking about getting a pup for a while now, but med care does worry me. I don’t like paying for doctors for myself haha. Puppy hsa??

    Good to hear that you got some affordable and high quality care.

  7. Glad to hear your dog is okay! Our dog is like a member of the family. I couldn’t imagine life without our Beagle.

  8. So glad Julep is ok and the vet bills didn’t hurt too much!! Mark and I had to seriously have the conversation of how much we were going to spend when Jack had to have surgery for foreign body removal in 2010. I still can’t believe the amount we did spend in a matter of days but I can’t imagine not having him here with me either!

  9. Julep’s cute! No surprises here lately. Also, no pets.

  10. Glad to hear that the dog is okay and the vet bill wasn’t too bad! Our cat hasn’t had any problems yet, but I’m sure as he gets older…

  11. About six weeks ago, my husband put a poison worm in the ground to kill moles. My little Coton dog promptly ate it as soon as he walked away. We tried the hydrogen peroxide to get her to throw up, together with shaking her and jiggling her belly, but she just looked at us like we were nuts. The vet gave her something in her eye to make her throw up and kept her overnight. The bill was $500. Ugh.


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