Shew! I am almost relieved it is over. The pressure was just too much!
And, BelongstoEvie, you're really climbing up that ladder - you go girl!
My pets go to the doctor, er um, veterinarian's at least once a year a piece, for their shots and yearly check-up. My kids have their well-visits around their birthdays - that's how I remember to keep track, and that's the rule I use for the pets as well. But of course more if they have any issues that come up. For example, my newfoundland dog had arthritis in his front legs and we've had to take him on for that. Before he was first diagnosed we thought he had broken his leg, when we took this 100 + pound dog to the vet, we had to carry him, that is how bad it was. When we walked through the door he was fine and walked on it with hardly any trouble -
The vet said it was common and it was actually the adrenaline that made him feel better. Made sense.
I wouldnt have taken, nor have I ever, taken a pet (cat or dog) to the vet for just throwing up before. I would have assumed it was something he ate or maybe a hairball and waited to see if there were any other symptoms or if anything else progressed. Years ago we had an English Springer Spaniel and had to take him to the vet after days of nausea and lethargy. Several hundred dollars later, a substantial scare, IV meds and days later he recovered. He is a miracle puppy. The vet originally thought he had something different that would've have cost us not only double the money, but also double the recovery time and half the survival rate. So even though the final cost was high, it was still less than predicted, so it made the fall a little softer
Does that make sense? Although, I gotta say, at the time, the cost wasnt really an issue. Of course it crosses your mind, but it wasnt a factor. We have a reputation with our vet and they are very accommodating. We are able to make monthly payments on our bill over the course of several months to bring our account current. I think vets know things happen and, not to mention I imagine it is in their nature to be compassionate. Especially when you are already adamant about your pet's care.
For the most part, I do not feel vets make too much money, especially given their time/hours and education (not only the cost of their education but the time they put into their training). But there are some vets that take advantage and jack up the prices of things. Sometimes there is a "you get what you pay for" but mostly... When we adopted Willow from the pound over 3 years ago, she was already 5 weeks pregnant. 4 weeks to the day from her adoption date, she had a litter of kittens. Two days after that she developed a horrible fever and didnt want to nurse her kittens. I took her to our local emergency vet and they ran x-rays and did their thing; the next day I had to take her to our regular vet and they repeated the x-rays. The x-rays at my regular vet cost me more than the same x-rays taken at the emergency vet. That surprised me! I imagine my regular vet charges more for x-rays to make up for the lack of funds in other places... who knows how they decide.
I have looked into pet insurance for my animals, in fact it was an advertisement that took me to it at the time. But I didnt think it was worth it in the end. It doesnt cover routine visits. Only emergency situations. So it's like a carp shoot. In a case like that, Care Credit works just as well if you need it - then use it. Not the other way around.
Lastly, this sixth sense that animals have... I really believe in that. If you've ever witnessed a pet around someone that passed on later, or the depression an animal goes through after that person is gone! I think they do know when someone is sick. Of the seven of us in my house, my animals tend to gravitate toward Joshua. I have hundreds of pictures of them curled up to him when he sleeps at night. Even more so than my "animal-lover" daughter. My youngest daughter is a self-proclaimed dog whisperer - LOL - and Chewbacca follows her around that house where ever she goes. She cant even go to the bathroom without Chewy laying at the bathroom door waiting for her to come out. I'm not kidding. At night when Kennidy goes to bed, Chewbacca will look room to room until he finds where she's bunking (which never seems to be in her own bed
). Heaven forbid Kenni sleepover at a friend's house, Chewy goes crazy going from window to door to another window to back door, looking for his girl to come home. Having said all that, Chewy still sleeps at Joshua's feet. We've babysat our sister-in-laws and our parents dogs and they too sleep with Joshua. I took a picture the other night of our foster cat curled up with Josh. Could be that Josh is a very laid back 5 year old. But who knows... could be that they have an intuition about things; maybe they can sense that he is going through chemo treatments or whatever.
As for people having insight of their pets... I dont think it's as profound as a pets. Our pet's lives revolve around us. Our lives revolve around paying bills and putting food on the table. It takes a little harder smack in the forehead to give us a clue. When Josh first started showing symptoms that something was wrong with him, I had a gut feeling something horrible was wrong. The butterflies were swarming around in my belly. It wasnt until he stopped walking that I knew with more certainty, but I still was leery, I was sure there was no way a child of mine could be diagnosed with something so heavy, it wasnt until the doctor told me that I actually believed it. even still, in hindsight, Josh was sick for a good month or so before more relentless syptoms presented. My sixth sense wasnt as astute. Hmmm... I dont know how I got so far off track from our cat topic. Well, I know... I tend to get wordy. Oh well.
My submission of the day.
ETA: Of course I had to go back and read the words revealed to yesterday's questions. And DARN! I used "anyone" TWICE! Shoud've thought to change the other around - LOL Use the thesaurus more Marian!
...and "alive" shamefully I admit I thought it, but there was no way I was going to type it. DW got me on that one!