So, In less than two months, I've spent over $400 on the vet for the pup. Some of that is to be expected, some of that is just that I happened to find what is probably the most expensive vet in town. She hasn't even been spaded yet... that was just shots and examinations and three months of heart worm/flea prevention.
Took the cat in since even though he is an indoor only cat, if any fleas happen to hitch a ride long enough to make it into the apartment, he can get flea infested - so I needed a current check up on him before starting him on flea prevention as well. Plus he was way overdue for shots - so that's another $200.
Now, the cat (whom I love dearly and MUST NEVER, EVER DIE) is very healthy, however, he's got a bad tooth that's probably quite painful. And needs to have it removed. And I can't stand the fact that he's probably in pain. It's gonna cost over $300 for the treatment.
Kyra the puppy? The spaying needed in about six weeks? That's got a $400 price tag.
I love my pets, I really do. And, honestly? This MUST be the reason people pay exorbitant fees for "pet health insurance" which I used to nay-say and laugh about. Me? I'm thinking instead of going to "Value Vet" which declares itself to be the least expensive vet in town. How awful is that? I don't really want to be a cheap-skate, but holy-comoley... last THREE times I had a dog neutered or spayed, it was $60 each. That's over a 600% increase in the cost? What the hey? I wouldn't be so out-raged about the cost if I hadn't already spent so much money just on the exams. Even at Value Vet? I may just have to break down and purchase the pet health insurance anyway - wonder if they have a pre-existing condition clause? Lord, I feel like a freak just thinking about buying "pet Insurance"... but for the money? Might have to do it to save money long-term.