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Whew, expensive vet visit!

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Spencer had his yearly check-up today (I use the term "yearly" with a snicker, considering how often we are at the vet!) Anyway, he had his exam, a nail trim, anal gland expression, blood pressure check (due to being on a medication that has a side effect of raising blood pressure), a blood draw to check on his liver issues he was having a few months back, another blood draw to recheck for allergies (his shots have not been as effective lately), 2 vaccines and a stool check
(loose bowels lately). In addition, I had to get Frontline, a new supply of syringes for allergy shots & a refill on Rimadyl. When we went out to the front desk afterwards, the receptionist asked me how he did. I said ok, but I thought I should probably sit down to hear the grand total for our visit. She added it all up and said "Well, you stayed under $500.00...barely. $499.57! There has to be some job Spencer can do to contribute to his upkeep! ;) Just kidding. I'd do anything for that knucklehead. Other than age related issues like cataracts, slightly diminished hearing and arthritis, he seems to be doing well. We'll get the regular blood test results tomorrow & the allergy test results in 7-10 days.
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Moe goes tomorrow for his "well-dog" visit, when he'll get all his shots, heartworm and lyme tests, nails clipped, anal glands expressed, and an evaluation of his latest crop of lumps. :( I 'm expecting a bill of approx $200 and praying for no recommended surgeries this year.

I've lost count what Moe has cost us to date but his three surgeries to remove cysts totaled over $2200. Then there were various burst and/or infected cysts, a serious puncture wound that required stitches, several ear infections, and yearly well-dog visits. And I can't forget his poor condition when we adopted him - kennel cough, worms, evaluation of his deformed leg (and the leg's aches and pains as he was growing, treated with rimadyl and later buffered aspirin), and his neutering.

Moe has been my comfort when everyone expected me to be strong for them but it seemed that no one was there for me. He has been my confidant and my companion as a stay-at-home mom. He has cheered me with his happy enthusiatsic greetings when I came home, he warmed me with his soft cuddly body when I was chilled in the winter, he made me laugh when I thought laughing was the last thing I could do. In short, he is a priceless gift and has been worth every penny and more, to me. :)

Sorry for the mushy stuff... :p
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