Exactly. That's why I do *as much* as I can at home,
and learned kitty first aid!
(I can shave, clip and clean out
a wound pretty darn well thank you!)
When Lexi was bit
by diablo and the wound was puss filled... I shaved it, cleaned
it, gave her the proper weight dose of Baytril (which the
vet had given me a few months before..) Of course I had help -
my neighbor "held" her in a cat burrito (towel wrapped round her),
When I was done, I called the home based visit vet to
come out... she came, checked my
work, clipped her nails and gave an anti bio shot and charged 75 for the whole thing.
And if I'd gone to a vet clinic? round here, that would have been
a 125 or more bill...
I also don't believe older cats that don't go out need anything
but MAYBE a rabies shot...the other shots?
Well, if they aren't exposed, they aren't getting the diseases. And since
mine WERE outdoorsy, if they were exposed then, there is
nothing I can do about now.
(Harsh thinking, but true. I've
learned alot in the last 20 years about keeping cats safe.)
And otherwise, preventative care such as diet, lots of love and
home nursing gets them well faster than a stay at the vets.
I can give Sub Q fluids, administer insulin and Adequan (intra muscular
injections), and pill the suckers ...so... I can treat alot of things...
I can force feed with baby food, and give total body massages and T touch.
In years past, I'd have
taken to vet for these things, but the way it is now, I simply can't afford
vet care. Just the basics.
And I'm pretty well off, so just think about
folks with pets who aren't as well off... what must they be going through,
and their animals with them??
I think we should have a MUCH better system of low cost vet care.
Through animal control and humane socieities. God bless the vets that do pro bono...