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    Done with Vets for the year... I hope

    K9 Owned
    Fri May 10, 2013 9:20 pm
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    $738 worth of icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif considering that I do minimal vaccines.

    But Maddie is 11 now and last week didn't seem herself so I had bloodwork done (or being done) to assure me that all is well. She needed her 3 year rabies shot and a heartworm test.

    Dawson had a Lepto vaccine and heartworm test.

    They both have allergy issues so I scored another 100 pills to get them both through the season - they seem fine once we hit summer.
    I have not used a heartworm, flea or tick preventative in 20 years but we are moving to an area where both are an issue so we added 2 x 6 months worth of Revolution (I know I will cringe everytime I apply it).

    Worse, far worse than the cost was I now have fat dogs! I am a fiend about keeping them lean but March was insane with selling and buying a house. April I had health issues. I have been doing more training therefore more treats.

    Remember skinny Dawson? He was too thin at 79 lbs. I beefed him up to a perfect (for him)95 lbs. 8 weeks ago he was 98 and today 103. icon_redface.gif
    I think Madison is best at 59/60 lbs. She was 63 and a little heavy 6 weeks ago and today the little porker weighed in at 68. icon_redface.gif icon_redface.gif

    Everyone in house but Don is officially on a diet and exercise program.

    Just venting to people who understand. icon_lol.gif
    Pot Scrubber
    Sat May 11, 2013 3:25 am Groupie
    Ouch... that is a hefty vet bill! Especially with the expense of moving.

    The pups will get back on a routine soon and will drop some weight. I'm sure they have been showing their "oh pitiful me... this move is sooo stressful give me a treat" look. BE STRONG! Don't let them trick you.

    Congrats to Don for not gaining weight. Toss him an extra Milk Bone for being such a good boy. icon_lol.gif
    Sat May 11, 2013 5:53 am
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    Holy cow on the vet bills! icon_eek.gif

    What are you using for allergies? I'd been using benedryl for Jar, but his vet is recommending either Zyrtac or Claritin, since I can give him two tablets once a day and be done. The benedryl is 3 tabs, 2-3 times a day, AND it makes him dopey.

    Didn't you say you were moving closer to the lake? That should take care of Dawson's weight problem, anyway, right? icon_smile.gif But poor Madison - I know (boy do I!) how hard it is to lose weight once you reach middle age, icon_wink.gif
    Connie Lea
    Sat May 11, 2013 9:31 am Groupie
    My four have to go to the vet next week - now I'm worried about the bill after seeing what you had to pay for two. Abby has allergies too, but mostly just in the spring for which she gets benedryl.
    K9 Owned
    Sat May 11, 2013 9:43 am
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    In fairness I don't believe I was overcharged - I pay for my convictions. icon_sad.gif

    The allergy pills we use are prescription. It's called Vanectyl. They have a fairly strong antihistamine and a small amount of Prednisone. Through trial and error we found the only thing prior to this that worked was straight Pred and I do not want to do that.

    $145 for one batch of Revolution and $157 for the other.
    $76 for the Vanectyl, Heartworm test for Dawson $45 but it's included in Maddies bloodwork for $120.
    $20 each for Maddies Rabies shot and Dawsons Lepto - she only charged me for 1 physical exam and did Maddies nails for free.

    Taxes were $85 icon_evil.gif
    Sun May 12, 2013 11:53 am
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    Hopefully all Maddie's bloodwork will be fine and once you have time to focus on it...they will both slim down some. Thankfully they don't have too much to lose. One question for you.... is Dawson still on Prozac? Humans on Prozac have a tendency to lose weight at the start of Prozac therapy and then gain weight...and that weight is harder to lose than it would be otherwise. It's one of the side effects that makes people stop taking their Prozac. Just a thought.
    K9 Owned
    Sun May 12, 2013 2:00 pm
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    It's a good thought Saralaya but I weaned him off the Prozac starting a couple of months ago. It will be a breeze putting them on a diet. icon_wink.gif I cut back their meals by 25% and their treat by 50%. They think their throats have been cut icon_lol.gif
    Sun May 12, 2013 4:38 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    It's a good thought Saralaya but I weaned him off the Prozac starting a couple of months ago. It will be a breeze putting them on a diet. icon_wink.gif I cut back their meals by 25% and their treat by 50%. They think their throats have been cut icon_lol.gif

    Stella needs to slim down too and so both she and Shadow are on a modified feeding schedule....(and have been for a couple of years now) Miss Stella is an expert at throwing herself on the floor and protesting that she is about to PERISH from STARVATION when she wants more food icon_eek.gif Talk about a drama queen!
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