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A few weeks ago we took our 7 year old Tabby to the vet for something as mundane as his yearly rabies shot and "well" cat appointment.  

At 7-Pepper is now considered to be a "senior". A senior? Yep. So he got his rabies and some other inoculation. Then she looked in his mouth. The little guy had some receding gums and what appeared to be a cavity (or 2).  

Great.

We were warned last year at this same time that it could happen. He had a cavity (2) that we would up having to spend out for then too. Well, last year-I still had unemployment (meager as it was) coming in and the bottom floor of our home hadn't fallen apart. Oh, we also had the October/November dental discount.

It still ran almost $600. Same deal this year-except this year, they wanted to add a complete "senior panel" of blood tests.

Sigh.

We decided we needed to find a more budget friendly vet-or at least one that had a "time payment" plan.

We went to our local "hero" vet. He's called that mainly because he's given away countless hours of surgery and time saving abandoned and abused animals. Plus he also started a Pet Rescue Center and holds numerous fund-raisers to prevent animals being put down.

He totally agreed with our long-standing vet and gave us not so much a "holiday" price discount, but the usual price and a company that offers 6 months same as cash.  

We applied and made the appointment. I took him in last week and was called less than 3 hours later and told that the poor little guy had not 1 or even 2 bad teeth-oh no, he had 4!

Sigh.

That added another $300 to the bill. He came home frightened, angry, in pain and hissing. I understood. I also had 10 days of antibiotics and 3 days of pain meds.  

Ever try getting all this into a cat?

With our 14 year old lab mix-I just hide whatever she has to take into a dab of peanut butter and put that on top of her food. No problem. But Pepper isn't quite so easy. It took my husband and me to do the deed. After the first dose of painkillers-I mixed it up into his food. He refused to even enter the kitchen until we had vacated the entire downstairs.

We decided that this would still be the best way to handle things. So that's what I've been doing-dosing the food and then coming upstairs to my office.

Pepper was actually doing quite well within a couple of days. He still won't eat until we've left the area, but the important thing is we are getting everything into him.  

The vet has called twice to ask how he's doing and even sent him a get well card with everyone in the office signing it. I think we'll frame it and hang it over the litter box.

Some might say they'd never spend out this amount of money for a cat's dental work-but we are "pet" people. He's one of our kids and we'd do the same over again.  

I just have to hope we don't have too!

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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Nov 5, 2010
    • I hope Pepper is feeling better!happy When we have to give our cats medicine (the 3 older ones) we have it compounded into a liquid. So much easier! Our little guy Fred takes his daily heart meds crushed up in canned food. Our cats are our kids too and we would have done the same thing! With Fred’s heart condition and vet bills over the last 6 months and his upcoming surgery we call him our million dollar kitty! Hugs to Pepper from our 4 furry kids!heart



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 5, 2010
    • Diana, Pepper’s meds are in liquid form-thank goodness.  Our previous cutie-Snowy had a very serious thyroid problem and I had to dose her anywhere from 1-3 times a day, depending on how that hormone was running. Poor dear-I felt awful, but that’s what kept her w/ us for 13 years.

      It’s just as hard being a pet parent as a human one at times.

      hope your babies keep to the up side of health



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      Anne E wrote Nov 6, 2010
    • We had to get our cat, Boo’s teeth cleaned (he already had his shots) about three months ago and it cost us almost $400!  Then I has to take him to the vet yesterday because he was sneezing and that cost $64.  When he saw the cat carrier in the living room yesterday, he hid under the bed.  It was so hard to get him out and when I did, he was so scared he was shaking. frown  I’m glad to hear that Pepper’s doing well.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 6, 2010
    • had his first bit of dry food today-he’s quite cuddly now that his mouth doesn’t hurt!



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