I really can't complain, because this little guy is like my kid. You'd do almost anything for your kids, right?? Cooper has a tendency towards bad teeth, so when it came time to have them cleaned, I went to the best Vet I'm acquainted with, which meant $$$$$$$$.
The initial estimate was a gut wrenching $560. Unlike some vets who offer a low price, then add on things you might like to pay EXTRA for, like anesthesia and pain pills, this vet gives it all to you right up front.
By the way she said, his vaccinations are past due. Okay .... add that on, and while you're at it, can I get a prescription for a different heart worm medication? I quit giving him the old one because it made him sick every time. No problem, right??
Finally a call that everything was fine and he was waking up nicely. WHEW!!! I was so relieved, all I could do was sit on the couch for the next five hours watching the clock.
I finally raced out the door and drove to town. Ten minutes later I was in shock when they gave me the bill. I asked for some oxygen, but that would cost me more, so I just bit the bullet and tossed my credit card on the counter.
$760 dollars later, enough for a CROWN in MY mouth, I carried my sleepy baby to the truck and we drove home. Isn't that the craziest thing you ever heard?? MY teeth cleaning is $95.00!!! Turns out the "other" heart worm meds cost $98 for six months, plus the test of course ....... of course!! Not to mention the shots.
We weren't even in the door at home and Cooper was going crazy looking for his ball. Although I rolled it around for him a couple of times, he really didn't feel good. I finally got him to sleep in my lap on the couch.
He's alive and well, so I'm a happy camper, even though I'll have to scrimp a little to pay the bill. He's worth HIS weight in gold too, so what's a MOM to do!!
What about Miss Jessie you ask? Well she ripped a big hole in her skin running through the rose bushes on the day I was taking my horses to a different Vet. They had to put her out to stitch it up, so I asked them to clean her teeth at the same time. $300 for the whole shebang!! That Vet's pockets are lined with gold from the horses they treat!!!
I always wanted to be a Vet when I was a high school kid, but they wouldn't let females in the program. I wasn't even allowed to take Ag classes at my local Junior college. Maybe then I could have cleaned his teeth myself and MY pockets would be full of gold!!! Hmmmm, but then I'd have to pay taxes!!!