How do you all plan for emergencies for vet care? I have seen a lot of posting about breeding. I was wondering if the puppies ended up ill or had problems, would you be able to treat everyone? I GAVE an experienced bird owner friend, four of my companion parrots recently, before we moved to where we are now, becaue my husbnd had a serious illness an surgery, and we were buying the house. It was a choice between eating and paying bills or being able to care for my flock and puppy if someone were to need it. I know some people don't bother with vets at all, but for me, my pets are like chidren, and I love them enough to know tht I could not take a chance on providing for them. So, now I have one parrot an Ella. Ella's mom
Our vet is wonderful, we have such a great relationship that if we ever have any problems, our vet will treat our pets no questions asked, and let us pay them back over time, instead of as one big bill.
well first thats what my visa is for.But I try to think ahead to try to avoid emergencies/illnesses.I have been fortunate that my pets have not ever been seriously ill over the years.Some things like cuts or sores I am capable to treat on my own.Understanding your pets anatomy and what is normal for my pet helps as well.I check them over a few times a month for anything out of the ordinary, like skin problems.Their bowel movements, drinking habits and appetite are watched daily for changes.Thats the secret to keeping your pet in tip top shape.They also have vet checks and blood screens done once a year, watching for any early changes in levels that could signal problems.
We just moved here, like I said, and we live out in the dingweeds- near the catskill Mts. I called the two closest vets that do dogs (none do birds around here). The one wants $36. for me to come in and just meet the vet, without the dog. I have respect issues. I have a fair amount of knowledge, and know my pets more than anyone else. So when someone of authority starts talking medicine or advice, they seem a little taken back when I disagree with them or have opinions of my own, or questions. If I ask questions or do not understand something I do not want eyes rolled at me. It is not cheap to walk in a vets these days. There is just things I expect- Respect of me is as important as being gentle and kind to my animals is. These vets all want money up front around here. No one does a payment plan. Ella's mom
We have a separate pet care/emergency savings account. When we had to take my female rottie to the vet last April and not knowing we were never going to bring her home again, we were hit with a $500 bill. We sure weren't expecting not bringing her home but that money for emergencies helped out so much. If we didn't have that account, I don't know what we would have done. Its good to be prepared because you never know what can happen even when you take them for a check up.
HaHa. The Dingweeds are anywhere there are mountains, no stores and guys that still wear mullets. We have always just paid the vet out of pocket except for a problem with a bird we had years ago that ended up being a couple grand to stay at Angell Memorial, and then at our local vet in Boston, near where we used to live. We just went into major debt then. Kelly
we ended up having to use the emergency vet for our now deceased cat this past spring. He wobbled into the house on weekend (accidents never seem to happen on weekdays when the vet is open) and over the course of a few hours it got worse and we decided to take him to the emerg. vet. We live in the remote mountaints, so we had to travel 45 minutes with him. He ended up with a tail-pull injury and left him limping on one leg and his bowel and bladder function gone. He spent the weekend there to see how well he would do. We brought him home and he continued to improve. within a few months, the only remaing problem was his bladder had to be manually expressed and his bowels just emptied whenever and wherever it came out. He never regained the use of his tail and it had to be amputated, which he did'nt seem to mind. He was back to his old self chasing chipmunks and birds quickly. He was doing really well and then last month he ran right across the road into a car coming up the mountain. We spent over $1,500 on him over the course of 3 months during the initial accident, surgery and recovery period and we had to use our credit card. The cat is deceased and we are still paying off his debt. My animals are my kids and I would go into debt for them. It's so sad the cat had to die, considering especially all he and all of us had gone through with him, but the money we spend on them is worth it, they give us so much joy and love. If you could afford it, an emergency fund would be great, but if you're like many of us, you just do what you have to do, including charging up the credit card and worrying about the bill later!!