Yesterday, we took the dogs to the vet for their yearly exam, shots, and teeth cleaning.
Things went well, and Shiba Sephy was behaving much better than he usually does. There was no whining, and he was very calm around people and in the vet examination room.
Our vet told us that February is Pet Dental Health month,
so they took $20 off our teeth cleaning bill.
Apparently, pet hospitals and vet clinics all over the country participate in this event, so now might be a good time to consider teeth cleaning for your best pal. If your vet does not offer this, tell them about it, and maybe they will decide to participate as well.
Like people, different dogs can be more or less susceptible towards tartar buildup on their teeth. Husky Shania did not need a cleaning this year, and she did not need one last year either. However, Shiba Sephy has needed one every year.
I clean both dogs’ teeth in the same way and with the same frequency (3 times a week) so it is interesting that Sephy collects so much more tartar. Both dogs also get a Greenie every night to help with cleaning their teeth.
I hate going to the doctor, and I can’t say I very much enjoy going to the vet either, but this visit had gone pretty well, so maybe they aren’t so bad after all.
The next morning … after Shania went out to potty and play, she came back in and her whole face was swollen. YIKES! She couldn’t even open her eyes fully.
Guess the vet Gods weren’t letting us off easy this time either.
We rushed her to the vet clinic and she got a Benadryl shot as well as a steroid shot to help with the allergic reaction.
According to the vet, this could have been a result of her vaccine shots but it also could be from a bee bite or spider bite.
Total bill for both days = approximately $700 US.
I don’t know about spiders, but I am definitely allergic to the vet; so is my wallet! But still, it is a necessary thing to keep our furry companions healthy, happy, and living a long and wonderful life. If you are thinking of getting a dog, make sure to put some money aside every month for vet bills and possible emergencies.
If you have any vet stories – please share them with us below. All stories are welcome whether they are funny strange, funny haha, or just plain bleh. I am always interested in hearing about people’s experiences at the vet.