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A new pet expense

January 25th, 2007 at 10:22 am

Our dog (11 1/2 years old) is on a new arthritis regimen--Previcox pills that cost $2.50 a piece, special food that costs 2x as much as Purina One, and we're supposed to be starting her on glucosamine as well. But wow, what a difference!

The week before her last vet visit, she had stopped even trying to go upstairs with us to bed. The 2nd day of the pills, she was racing up like a puppy again. Instead of us coaxing her to try and play, she's back to demanding attention after breakfast every morning.

So it's definitely worthwhile--but it will take some working around. It may come to as much as $900 a year! Hopefully, as the food and glucosamine kick in, we'll be able to discontinue the prescription. (She's already down to taking it every other day.)

I think we can still pay for the pet food out of the regular Everyday Expenses account, it will just take a little more adjusting on other groceries and take-out.

The prescription and glucosamine will have to come out of our Discretionary account, reducing the amount we'll be able to spend on entertainment, clothes and other extras. This is where the Snowmint envelope budget software I got is going to come in very handy. It's already forced me to see that the Philly flower show and the King Tut exhibit are way beyond our budget at this point. I don't mind, under the circumstances, and I'm really, really glad to be able to SEE it in time.

6 Responses to “A new pet expense”

  1. scfr Says:

    I'm a bigtime pet person so I hope you don't mind me butting in with a couple suggestions.

    You could check out this link for an on-line pet drugstore: http://www.1800petmeds.com/pgroup.asp?LV=246&PG=Previcox

    You don't necessarily have to buy from them, but you could use the pricing info you get from the site and negotiate with your vet for a lower price on the meds. No, your vet won't be happy about it. But if you need some encouragement, see Jeffrey's recent post about not being afraid to ask for a lower price.

    I negotiated a lower price for my dog's Sentinel with my vet. After hearing him rant about on-line drug stores while I stayed calm, he finally agreed to match the internet price.

    Also, regarding the food, if the food you are giving your dog now is sold from the vet's office you may want to look around to see if there is a comparable brand available from a pet supply store at a lower price. [It is entirely possible that your vet has a financial interest in pushing a particular brand.]

    Finally, I am so glad to hear your pooch is doing so much better! Smile

  2. fairy74 Says:

    It's amazing how much a little medical tweaking can do, my 16 year old dog who was getting a little lethargic, was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and within a week of getting the medication was like a puppy againSmile good to hear your dog is doing so well. I agree with scfr about asking your vet for a discount or if that is not possible asking him to write a script so you can use an online pharmacy like drsfostersmith or another pet pharmacy.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I love dogs too, it is worth anything if they can feel better.

  4. Carolina Bound Says:

    Wow, that's a lot, but when my cat was diabetic it was very costly, too. I didn't begrudge the expense. Our pets put their very lives in our hands and love us unconditionally! And they bring so much to our lives.

  5. katwoman Says:

    It's all worth it for the pooch. I did the same for mine.

  6. Boefixepa Says:

    So glad to hear that your furkid is doing better! Like everyone has mentioned....shop around! Vets offices are great, but often the most expensive things around. drsfosterandsmith is a great place for info and items. I've always been pleased with everything I've gotten there. Just the $$ I saved from getting the tooth scrapper to get off that plaque that crewing on bones didn't get saved me hundred of dollars in taking them in for dental cleanings! Don't be afriad to look around and do your research on foods! There are many great foods out there and if you look up and teach yourself what you are really feeding you can probably get less expensive food. If your vet is selling you a hill's persciption food...trust me there are TONS better foods out there. It all depends how much time you are willing to put into educating yourself.

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