My doggy hasn’t been doing so well. And we are both paying for it.
Last year, I decided to opt out of the Banfield Care Plan (The veterinary practice that is set up in PetSmart stores) because I found it expensive and inefficient.
What I loved about it was that from a scheduling perspective, I was always on top of teeth cleaning, regular exams and shots. What I didn’t like was that I could never make the numbers match in my favor. I was paying around $30 per month (young healthy dog plan) and even with the built-in discounts, I was still paying too much for teeth cleanings and the like. So, I decided to just put a little aside each month to account for the teeth cleanings (around $200+), along with the exam costs (around $40) and save a little cash.
And then along came a case of the cooties. Ewww.
The poor pooch was diagnosed with a yeast infection that stretched from her ears to her bottom. Between the exam, tests and prescriptions, her tab came to about $500. Ouch.
The good news is that she seems to be getting better. A lot less itching, that is for sure.
So here are some takeaways from the pet adventure that never should have been:
- When the dog is scratching incessantly, do not wait any longer than you have to, to arrange a vet visit. We may have been able to keep this at a more manageable allergic reaction rather than the yeast infection from hell if I had recognized her issues earlier
- Some prescriptions for dogs can be filled by pharmacies that cater to humans. The anti-fungal medication the Vet prescribed would have cost $143 at Banfield. It cost $88 at Sam’s Club.
- I am my pet’s advocate. I have to learn to listen to what she cannot say.
- YouTube has a video on everything! I had never heard of this yeast infection condition before known as malassezia. Yet, lo and behold, I looked it up and there were many peeping-Tom videos of owners helping their dogs, inexpensively, through the recuperation. Their secret to success? Selsun Blue. I grabbed a coupon off coupons.com and bought a bottle from Target. After she finishes her medication at the end of the week, I am taking her to a Dog wash and treating her to a bath.
- Dog washes are only $10 at PetValue! Not chasing the dog around the backyard to bathe? Priceless!!!
Here is to wishing all of our pets a happy and healthy holiday season!