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Old 01-15-2016, 02:29 PM
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Rant about Dog Care

I try to be as least controversial as possible (especially on this site) but what I read got to me.

I believe 100% you must be able to care for you animals (emotionally and financially) as they depend on you. I have pet insurance because of this "Emergency Situation" (that hopefully will never happen).

What I don't understand is how someone can not factor in the carrying cost of bring an animal into their life. You have to know that their might be unexpected costs when you adopt an animal.

I never thought I would have to shell out $480 for a single vet behaviorist visit or have only had my new pet and have already spent $800 on vet visits but I have a "Furry Family Fund" that I have been putting monkey into long before I ever adopted my dog and immediately upon getting him got pet insurance (I will get $600 back from the vet visits). It is not that I have "extra money" laying around, it is that I prepared LONG before I ever took on the responsibility of a pet.

I think of it like having a child. I would not have a kid without ensuring that I could not only pay for basic medical care and carrying costs but also those unexpected emergencies.

Maybe it is just me, but I needed to vent about it
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:51 PM
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I do agree with you. I prefer to be over prepared in such instances, personally. But, it's one thing to not be able to drop thousands of dollars and another entirely to be unprepared for a couple hundred.

However, I count myself incredibly lucky to have come from a supportive family that always backs me up. I always pay back my debts but I do know that if I'm ever in a bind I can count on my parents to help me out. I know not everyone is so lucky.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:13 PM
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@PoppyKenna I come from a super supportive family too. We are lucky. There are so many programs out there to help too (when it is $1000 not $300) and I feel like that people don't even bother with looking for them.
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I totally agree and had the same reaction when I read the same thing you did I'm sure. I have 2 backs up for Tucker emergencies. A emergency fund I deposit cash in every pay and a good friend that is a vet surgeon who comps many services. I could see how for a first time dog owner some stuff could be surprising. But anyone that has owned or been around dogs before should know that they get into stuff and accidents happen. Common sense is a very uncommon thing.
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@Thisisme19 I am a first time dog owners so before I got Trucker, I actually went as far to ask my Boyfriend how much food his dog eats a week so I could calculate the carrying cost on him. I wanted to make sure I had plenty.
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Yep, adopting a pet is taking on a very large responsibility, emotional, physical, and certainly financial. I too carry medical insurance for Samantha, plus we factored in estimated additional costs associated with her care. I wish everyone understood exactly what they are taking on in responsibility when acquiring a pet. They are so totally dependent on us for virtually everything, but then the rewards are huge.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:34 PM
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@Thisisme19 I am a first time dog owners so before I got Trucker, I actually went as far to ask my Boyfriend how much food his dog eats a week so I could calculate the carrying cost on him. I wanted to make sure I had plenty.
Well then, you're a much smarter and thorough person than most!

I've had people (aka family, lol) give me a bit of grief over how much I spend on Tuck, between his food, day care, walks, treats, classes, etc. Which I consider all of them being basics for dog life. Then they meet him and are all, wow he's such a good dog you got so lucky. and then I have to respond with something like - Ummm no insane people, I put a **** tonne of time and money into this little turd. And it's like a little light bulb goes off in their heads. haha.
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Like I wrote this morning in reply to the thread, I learned the hard way to be prepared. Life happens, money gets used up, circumstances change, I know all of that and had it happened to me. I also learned that if I got another pet I needed to make as sure as possible that the funds were there to care for that pet should an emergency arise. I waited 6 months to get Zody after Shadow passed away because of that. I made sure that I had money set aside that is only to be used for emergency care.
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I think it's smart to always have a little back up money for any surprise situation whether it be your health, your animal's health, or one of your large items (house, car, etc). That being said I don't have thousands laying around, but you best believe if I needed it to keep a dog alive I would do anything in my power to get the money together (ask family, apply for credit, sell stuff, etc).

Definitely wouldn't be sitting around making excuses hoping for the best.
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My dogs are my life. I would do anything and everything to get my dog's the treatment they need. That's the agreement my husband and I made when we decided to get dogs.
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