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Sick little Kip

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

Wow it’s been a long week!  Work has been dreary due to the weather and because Kip has been sick. It’s always difficult when your dog starts throwing up and won’t touch kibble. I have reasons to suspect that Kip has a parasite in his tummy and this is so not ideal! We will find out Tomorrow for sure at the Vet. I have been considering two things regarding vets. First, I’ve been considering a holistic vet, but it’s currently on the back-burner after reading a post by SkepVet. I still want to look further into holistic care because I don’t like the fact that some non-holistic vets will promote products they’re sponsored by, regardless of whether or not they will be harmful to the pet.  In fact, the first time I learned that dog’s need flea prevention my vet just gave me a liquid applier without even telling me what brand it was and that there were edible options. Kip later had a reaction to that same brand and I lost all trust in that particular vet. There were numerous negative reviews online about the First Shield flea prevention. I was angry because the next time I had gone looking for a flea preventative I had asked for a brand that people recommended online and the lady at the front desk pulled out a chart showing that the First Shield was more effective. She was telling me how superior it was to all the other brands and the things it covered that other brands didn’t.  I hit myself for not sticking with my online reasearch, ugh.

The second thing I’ve been looking into is pet insurance.  I’m hesitant because I’m on a tight budget but I know how it feels when the vet tells you your dog needs something you just can’t afford.  I don’t ever want to be in a situation where my dog could live if I could afford a treatment but would die if I couldn’t. On the other hand, I don’t think I could afford to go into massive debt for treatment.

Sigh, Kip has already burnt several holes in my pocket.  In fact, I spent all of my “allowance” on Kip instead of myself.  I’m probably going to go bankrupt if I have kids because I’ll just want to spoil them to death.  I need to set a goal of not setting foot in a pet store for a month or so.

 

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  • http://yukithedog.com Yuki and Rocket

    oh, i hope everything is okay!! well, i don’t believe in preventatives and don’t use them or tick preventatives. i feed yuki and rocket organic dog food, so why would i use toxic chemicals on their bodies? would kind of be pointless to feed them organically, at least that’s my opinion on the matter. they’ve never had fleas anyway, and if they were to get them i’d find an organic solution to the problem. maybe instead of getting insurance, you try and save whatever you can at the end of the month and just add it to the ‘kip fund’. you know, like an emergency fund.

  • http://ourwestie-toto.blogspot.com/ Toto’s mammeee

    Gosh, TOto just recovered from all his tummy problems too! I hope Kip is doing better already …

    The last time we brought TOto to the vet, the vet just recommend we do this and that randomly, and we were given a choice whether to do it or NOT. If we wanted to, I think the bills will add up to almost 600USD. In the end, we didn’t do the blood test and the X-ray; and the antibiotics we took home, I didn’t feed them to TOto too. Although we spent almost USD200 but in the end we didn’t get any answer too! Like WTH! I could hv just buy Pepcid AC off the counter to treat him. Anyway hope Kip is doing better, it was so hard to see them suffer!

    TOto is on monthly Sentinel pills to prevent heartworm disease and intestinal worms. He doesn’t has any external stuffs for fleas or ticks but since young he has been drinking water mix with Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. We read that it helps to prevent flea and ticks, but then they are not good for their teeth. So we sort of stop that habit but he hasn’t had fleas and ticks problem too.

    TOto has also done alot of damages in our POCKETS too! But his daddeee is more than happy to do it FOR HIM! You should see how far we drove just to get him a packet of kibbles, hahaa ~

    Get well soon, kip.
    Keep us updated.