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Monday, June 6, 2011

The High Costs of Health

You know that you visit the vet's office way too much when the staff call you and your pets by name, without the assistance of a cheat sheet. I stopped in today to pick up more of Indy's meds. He takes them (along with numerous other pills) twice daily to help with liver function problems.

It's been six months now and this metoclopramide has worked wonders to keep away Indy's vomiting and diahrrea caused by a compromised liver. Lucky for me, they're inexpensive.

Indy is a medical high maintenace dog. Over the years, in addition to seeing his regular vet, he's also visited numerous specialists in veterinary medicine. It all adds up to a lot of appointments and mucho money. But he's not alone.

Seems like I have plenty of doctor appointments, too. Let's see, there's the dentist, primary care doctor, dermatologist, chiropracter, physical therapist, gynocologist, and gastroenterologist. Tests galore result as everyone studies my bodily functions through bloodwork, mammogram, and, (joy of joys) the wonderful colonoscopy that I need to book again this year. Ain't it grand to be so popular?

My meds schedule is similar to Indy's. I take pills to give me gloriously normal blood pressure, pills to keep cholesterol in check, and a dandy little pill for acid reflux. Then there's the self-prescribed items: multivitamins, fish oil, calcium, and B-12. A lot of time and money goes into keeping this old body healthy.

When did my dog and I become so much alike? It appears time will take its toll on us all, whether human or critter.

But meanwhile, I discovered there's yet another appointment to make. Apparently Bogey is due for his annual vaccinations.

"Say whaaaaat???"


Elizabeth Mueller said...

Tell me about it! Meds all around are pricey, even for us humans. :(

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Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Oh boy did you ever hit a familar chord with this one..
My mom and dad both take that
Ko Lester Roll med stuffs and my mom takes the multi Vit. and Calcium and an asprin every day..
At least mom and dad have INSURANCE... I (Frankie Furter) don't. hehehe
My mom says.. gettin older is NOT fur the WEAK. I suspect she is right.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Bogey looks beyond thrilled!

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

Two French Bulldogs said...

That V-E-T is a pill giver.
Benny & Lily

Unknown said...

I just blew $250 on my one border collie for a cyst removal. I hear you loud and clear. You forgot the cost of food! I have 3 dogs. food is not cheap Especially the grain-free organic food. They eat better than I do.

Anonymous said...

I have an answer to your question, "When did my dog and I become so much alike?".

As a young man, I was a security policeman, K-9 division, in the U.S. Air Force. When dog and man started taking on each other's characteristics, we would say, "It goes up and down the leash!" Usually, it was not one of our better characteristics but I'm sure that is not the case with you and Indy!!


Sheltie Times said...

I chose to take this path with them and I knew it was not going to be cheap. It has been worth every cent.

Peggy Frezon said...

I hate taking medication. It solves one problem and causes 4 others. Sometimes, though, it's unavoidable. And those vet bills are ridiculous!

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

it just never seems to end here either!

Pup Fan said...

I'm totally with you... costs can easily get out of control!

An English Shepherd said...

Its very, very expensive down the vets...

Tammy said...

Oh, can I ever relate to all of that. Glad to hear Indy is doing well, though!