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a whirling mess.

June 3rd, 2008 at 07:09 pm

Let's see, what has happened since my last entry? My life is hectic right now.

We took the pup to the vet last week, which turned out to be a horrible experience. Long story short... we had to wait a week and a half for an appointment, then had to leave our dog all day while they did x-rays, then spent a total of 10 minutes actually talking to the vet about the x-rays. All he could tell us was that his hip was dislocated, which we could've deduced ourselves. Then he referred us to another vet, who is supposedly an orthopedic surgeon, who will tell us more about our options.

I can't even explain how frustrating it is to pay $186 for a vet visit that was not only very un-friendly, but also pretty much useless. So now we've got an appointment for the orthopedic vet on Thursday, and we're praying that we at least get some answers this time.

From what I understand, they can try to pop the hip back in place, and if it doesn't stay, they can try inserting a pin to make it stay. If it still doesn't stay (because larger breeds often have hip problems), then there is a surgery they can perform to replace the whole hip joint.

Of course, the surgery is expensive and involves alot of recovery time, but it's about 95% successful and ideally returns the dog to completely normal.

So, even though we really wanted to focus on paying off as much of our debt as we could before we start planning a wedding, we have decided that if our pup needs the surgery, he will get it.

The estimated cost depends on the vet, but the max is $5,000. According to the good-for-nothing vet from last week, prices have come down alot on this type of surgery in the past few years, so it's better than it could've been.

I know alot of people will think we're crazy for spending that kind of money, especially because we don't exactly have cash stuffed in the couch cushions... but I just can't bear the thought of NOT having it for him. Not only was he a gift from BF to myself, but he has been so good to me. So many nights he slept on my chest when I lived by myself, and when I had to move away from EVERYONE that I knew to another state, he is the only thing that made me feel safe at night. What kind of a person would I be if I decided he wasn't worth the cost of surgery?

We have researched a few different vets for the surgery (because if the orthopedic vet is anything like the vet that referred us to him, we won't be trusting our puppy's health to him)... and there are two in the area that have board-certified surgeons for orthopedics. I found out through one clinic's website that they offer a special type of financing just for vet-related expenses, and there are options for up to 36 months with no interest.

Anyway, BF has taken the money he saved out of his old savings account, and he now has it on-hand to buy my engagement ring (it's sad that I know so much, lol). I don't know when he plans to buy it, or when he's going to propose, but I hope it's soon. Smile

In other news, we finally got my truck fixed, YAY!!! It was the starter after all, and believe it or not, once we called the tow truck and got it to the mechanic's place (about 3 minutes away), they had it done within a day. The cost for repair was $269, and the tow was $75. It's such a relief to have one major expense out of the way.

And even better, that means I can let BF have his car back! He got on CareerBuilder today and made a list of everywhere he wanted to go get applications from tomorrow. I think he's anxious to get out of the house. Smile

His parents have decided that they're coming to visit us next week for a few days, so I'm kind of nervous about that. I just think it's going to be weird... like, are we supposed to cook for them, or should we go out, or what? And where are they going to sleep? I don't want them to have to get a hotel, especially when we have plenty of room here, but then again all we have besides our bed are the couches and a small air mattress. Oh well, I guess it will all work out. I will just have to spend Thursday (after the vet appointment) cleaning all day to get ready!

So there you have it, some parts of my life are getting in order, but most of it is a whirling mess right now.

6 Responses to “a whirling mess.”

  1. aevans1206 Says:

    Dogs are definitely worth the expense. They become as important a member of a family as anyone else. I hope your dog gets the treatment he needs and is back to feeling better!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I agree with aevans. Pets are worth the expense. Your dog is still young and has a long life ahead of him, if this surgery will help make his life more comfortable, or perhaps normal, then it is totally worth it!

  3. megenic Says:

    We just went through something similar with our pug. $1500 later and they still don't know what's wrong with him. He too will need hip surgery later in life. But we love him, so we pay it! Good luck!

  4. scfr Says:

    In our house, our motto when it comes to money is Suze Orman's motto, with a slight twist:

    People AND PETS first, then money, then things.

    I hope your pup can make a full recovery. Have you looked in to whether a veterinary teaching school might be able to do the surgery for less?

  5. sillyoleme Says:

    Thanks for the support guys!

    scfr: We've researched alot of the places around here, but there doesn't seem to be a vet school anywhere near. I plan on seeing what the orthopedic vet that we were referred to says, then try to get an appointment with one of the more well-known facilities for a second opinion. That way we can compare our feelings for the vets themselves as well as the costs.

    In the end, if it comes down to paying more for an experienced, board-certified surgeon, we will gladly do it.

    His appointment is at 9 AM tomorrow morning, everybody cross their fingers and pray for us!!!

  6. baselle Says:

    There's frugal, and then there's cruel. Of course you should get the surgery for the pup. Hope he (and you) get better soon!

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