I looked through the adoption process for the rat terrier on 1-800-save a pet.com and they said they have to talk to my vet....we don't really have a main vet, and my animals don't reguarly go to the vet. I can't do anything about it because I'm not the one with money. Would I just refer them to the only vet we took out dog to? What about people who are adopting for the first time and they don't have a main vet? what happens then?
I don't really know. If you are going to give them the name of your main vet you better make sure your other animals are up to date on shots and stuff. When I adopted Rusty we didn't have any other dogs at that time. It had been about a year since my samoyed died and the vet I had used before retired. I just told them I didn't have a vet and they gave me a list. But I didn't have any other animals either.
I am not understanding why you are so eager to get a new dog if you can not take the others to the vet regularly(not that it is your fault) Maybe you can talk to your parents and let them know that it is important to be up to date and have check ups done for your animals and see if they will understand and let you somehow earn the money to care for the animals regulary. Animals need preventive care for alot of things and without regular vet visits I dont see hoe they are getting what they need.Maybe together you and your parents can come up with a way to get the animals in the vet more and after that is dealt with then think about another one. I wish you and your animals the best of luck no matter what your decision is.
Well, I'm sure that within a year or so, I'll have a job and I can easily take them to the vet. We've had my cat since I was five, and the dog since I was 10, and I didn't understand the importance of vet visits so, I didn't say anything for a long time. I've gotten a better understanding, and even my brother said "We need to take the dog to the vet" and mom ignores it and basically says everything is "fine". My boyfriend is going to be paying for a new dog for me, If I get one, but he said he wouldn't pay huge vet bills, which I totally understand. Money doesn't grow on trees. We have the money for checkups and stuff but no one understands! ugh!
I understand how it is! I am young, too (21) and my boyfriend and I just got a puppy the end of May (or early June...) and puppies are *very* expensive the first few months after you get them. They need to go in for a series of three shots plus rabies. The shots themselves are not very expensive, but then the vet charges for a visit fee...which at my vet was $32. So, on average, the bill was approximately $60-70, because they always do a fecal exam and stuff like that. Plus, it is expensive to spay/neuter a dog. But, if youre strapped for cash, adoption may be your best bet! An older dog would be up to date on shots and already be fixed. I hope you don't think I am criticizing you, Im not trying to. Im just being honest.
My parents never did either and they always took our pets to my great uncle who lived on a farm and did everything (shots,stitches)not preventive care or anything that they did need and my mom never listened so i know how you feel i just think it would be more responsible of you to wait untill you can do it yourself.What happens if things dont work for you and your boyfriend will he still be responsible for the dog?You should think of all possibilitys good and bad before you take on this new dog.I understand you can get a job in a year but is that soon enough? The dog may have problems before then or need vet attention before then and it may be what your boyfriend considers a huge bill then what happens?
no, you're not coming off as critcizing. =) I really want a dog 1-3 years old or so....adoption is good cause they are up to date with shots, spayed.neutered, house trained, etc. I'll keep working on it, I know there's one out there for me! =) My boyfriend probably wouldn't mind minor vet bills, just not in the 100s...I wouldn't ask him to do that....he just wants it to be a xmas gift for ME and ME only. When i move out, it will come along with me. =)
no questions about it, if something happened, he/she would get immediate vet attention.... if it was something my mom considers "minor" then I dunno....my dad would understand more. my moms an animal lover too but I don't understand where she is coming from.
Good I am glad you dont think I am rude cus I am not.I just think since you are saying probably pay for it and yes they would if it were serious that you dont really know who would pay for it and some things may not seem serious but they are and you would never know because since your mom didnt think it was then the dog wouldnt go to the vet.I just dont want something bad to happen that you cant controll because your parents have the say and the money.
if i pushed hard enough, she'd do it, or id kick and scream. =) ha.....I think her thing is denial. She loves our cat and dog but she doesn't want to think something bad will ever happen to them. Really, she babies them both and packs the cat around like a baby! I'm the same way but preventing something that can be prevented is always best
Heff: show responsibility and shop around. There are clinics, and vets in areas where people have less money. Use the telephone and get the best deals. Your parents will trust you if you are not stupid w/their hard earned money. Your parents don't have time to do it for you. Having a pet is ALL about responsibility. If you are merely adding to someone else's responsibilities, forget it. Better yet, become a vet if you like the idea. It will solve all your problems, and your parents will be estatic!