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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Indy's Surgery

The patient

A few weeks ago Indy's vet referred him to the doggie opthalmalogist to have a growth removed from his upper eyelid. We went to the appointment yesterday, and after a five minute consultation discovered that the doc would be able to do the surgery same day. Only, of course, after I received my estimate of expense.

That process took a little longer. An assistant came in with a handful of papers. Our conversation went something like this.

"Will I faint when I see the number?"

"Oh no. It's not bad at all."

I glanced at the list of things the doc proposed to do, but my eye drew immediately to the bottom line figure. The amount came in at roughly double the worst case scenario figure I'd contemplated. I gulped and whispered an inquiry.

"Do you take credit cards?"

Not to worry. Of course they do.

If this is a "not bad at all" figure, I can't imagine a "knock your socks off one." Perhaps it's equal to the gross national product of a small country.

Ah well, the costs of pet ownership.

Anyway, surgery is over. All things reportedly went well (pending pathology report--a bargain at only $90).

As you can see in the picture above, Indy's wearing the dreaded collar while his poor little stubby tail points south. That part of his anatomy is always a barometer to how he feels. Even Bogey, not known for his compassion, feels sorry for our boy.

We all hope he'll have tails up by tomorrow!


Twinkietinydog said...

I bet Indy would gladly pay you another $$$ to take the evil cone off of him. Get well soon, Indy and don't make any moves that will prolong this torture (the cone, of course).

Judy said...

Poor Indy! Get well soon!

Poor Pat's Pocketbook...I'm afraid that won't heal as fast as Indy will...alas.

Linda O'Connell said...

Poor puppy. I can't imagine wearing this thing for any length of time? Get well Indy.

Life With Dogs said...

It's so easy to relate. Our vet bills have run five figures a year for a while now. Got a horseshoe? :)

BECKY said...

Awww...poor Indy! He does look pitiful, but when it comes off, he'll know you did a wonderful thing for him!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Hope you feel better soon Indy!
I start to hyperventilate the minute I walk into the vets and see the glint of averice in his eyes, lol.
What we do for these animals!

Cozy in Texas said...

I can relate, my Cocker Spaniel had the same problem. I hope Indy and your wallet are not in too much pain.

Tammy said...

Awww! He's so lucky to have a mom who cares so much about him. Hoping that tail is north-pointing soon!!!

nlindabrit said...

Poor Indy! And poor Pat's bank balance!!! Here'shoping he feels much better very soon.

Bandit's Pack said...

I sure hope Indy is doing well. It's amazing the advancements that veterinary medicine has made through the last couple of decades, but it does come at a cost. I hope you recover fully as well. ☺

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Poor Indy. Any kind of surgery is a scary thing. Get well soon!
Smooches, BabyRD and Hootie