When Mr. MMM and I decided to blend our lives together, that meant combining animals. That puts us at a total of 2 dogs and 2 cats. They outnumber the humans in our house by 1. The cats are fairly innocuous, but the dogs are big and hairy. And unfortunately, they both have anxiety and allergies to boot. Needless to say, this can be a handful. Over the past few weeks, I noticed that one of our famous Mad Money Pups started to shed excessively. At first I thought nothing of it, thinking it might’ve been the recent change in food. However, since he never exhibited food allergies before, and since we’re currently experiencing sub-zero temperatures in our little corner of the world, I finally decided it was odd that he be shedding so much. Our green couch, now white. After considering everything, I picked up the phone and called our vet to make an appointment.
I called for an appointment in between meetings at work the other morning. Did I also mention that Mr. MMM is away on business for a bit? That leaves me to figure out the daily routine of me, Mini, and the pets, including: bus schedules, days off, early dismissals, dinners, homework, baths, working full-time, running this blog 🙂 and, well, everything. I was a single parent before and I know there are plenty of other people out there doing it. But no one said it was easy! This was one of those not-so-easy things to coordinate on the first day of being without Mr. MMM.
Aside from that little rant, it’s important to note that our vet is the best! They were able to squeeze him in that same day at 5:20PM. Since I was leaving work early to get Mini off the bus at 4pm, this worked out great. Mini and I hurriedly had a snack (since dinner was obviously going to be a little later) and took Mad Money Pup to his appointment. We arrived with 5 minutes to spare. Perfect.
Once there, the office was booming. Shocking, at 5:20pm. I did mention that this is the one with the major anxiety disorder, correct? No? Well, this is the one with the major anxiety disorder. I couldn’t even get out of the car without him pummeling over my lap and out the door before I had a chance to pull the keys from the ignition. All 70 pounds of him.
He shook. He shivered. He backed under a bench and hid. Finally, his name was called and I dragged him into the exam room. The vet examined him on the floor, rather than trying to put him on the cold, hard exam table. Good call. Ultimately, the vet agreed that he was experiencing excessive shedding and decided to take a blood sample. And just in case you’re wondering, he had an accident on the floor. Poor guy 🙁
After the floor was soiled and the blood was drawn, it was time to step up to the front desk and pay our bill. Fortunately, we have plenty of cash set aside for instances just like this one, so there wasn’t any anxiety for us over how we were going to pay the bill. It was $146. Before I handed over the payment, I asked if that included the multi-pet discount, which we receive because we take 4 animals to the clinic. Sometimes they add it and sometimes they don’t. It all depends who’s working the controls that day. Turns out, they forgot to add it. I’m so glad I didn’t just blindly hand over my cash. Just by asking one simple question, I saved $14! It never hurts to ask. And if you have multiple pets that frequent the same vet’s office, you should ask, too.
Now, we wait. We’ll hear what’s going on with him in the next few days. I’m hoping it’s a simple fix. He’s only 6 years old and has been in good health his entire life, short of the his anxiety and allergy to pine needles. We’ll see.
We’d love to hear all about your pets in the comments. Do they have health issues? If so, how do you budget for the expense? Does anyone have pet insurance? Tell us what you think.
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