Monday, October 25, 2010

Back From The Vet

Well, seems as though the vet thinks the sores could be caused from cat scratches from when her eyeball was scratched initially. Perhaps it just took some time for the abscesses to come to the surface. So, she got a Convenia injection which is sooooo convenient :) Hopefully the antibiotic injection will do the trick and Mags can have a break from the weekly vet appointments for a while :) Thanks for all the purrs!!!

Back To The Vet We Go

UPDATE: We've got an appointment for 3:15 est today. I will post another update when we get home. Marg left a comment about Mags possibly being allergic to the ointment she was prescribed for her eye last week. I also thought that could be the cause since the sores didn't appear until after I started applying the ointment. I stopped the ointment on Saturday just in case that was the problem. The lump next to her nose had opened up a little this morning and was red like the outer corner of her eye. This is so baffling!

We'll be headed back to the vet today if I can get an appointment. Maggie's actual eyeball is completely healed, but now she is having problems surrounding her eye. I promised her no photos last week when she was sensitive to light. The light is no longer bothering her and I needed some photos to show a vet tech friend of mine. You may have to biggify to see, but she has developed sores on the inner and outer corners of her eye and a lump near her whiskers. It's like nothing I've ever seen. Hopefully the vet can shed some light and also treat it. Luckily, she's been acting perfectly normal and the sores don't seem to bother her as much as they do me. It's always something.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Healing Well!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Maggie May is healing well. Our vet did another stain and could not find an ulcer, abrasion or scratch. If there was one, it has healed! She still has a red-rimmed eye and isn't opening it as wide, but she is on the mend. Sorry there are no pics, but since light hurts her eyes, I didn't want to put the flashy box in her face :) Thanks so much for the healing purrs.....they're working!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Maggie May Has a Boo Boo - Guest Post w/Adopt-a-Pet

Maggie May got a possible scratch to the eye which warranted a trip to the vet, a fluorescein stain and antibotic eye ointment. It was a Saturday and our regular vet was closed, so we had to go to our local Banfield clinic. The fluorescein stain revealed a superficial corneal ulcer, which is very painful. She cannot open her right eye and I am keeping the room dark for her. She goes back for a recheck Monday or Tuesday. We are hoping it will heal quickly and she won't have much scarring and won't need any surgery or God forbid, lose her eye.

The great people at Adopt-a-Pet are letting me share some great information with you today. I'd originally chosen a different topic to share, but after the events of the weekend, I've chosen to share, "Average Cost of Owning a Cat or Dog." If you're going to have a pet, it's very important you take into concideration the cost of properly taking care of that pet. My husband and I put away $40 a week into a "kitty emergency fund." This money is we use for emergencies and not for regular yearly exams and vaccinations. It's a good idea to have an emergency fund because you never know when you are going to have to have an abscess drained, a tooth pulled, an eye stained or a knee cap put back in place.

Average Cost of Owning a Cat or Dog
When you are getting ready to adopt a pet, one of the responsible steps to take is to figure out what you can afford – and to prepare for the unexpected! Being a good caring pet owner involves many things that don’t affect your wallet, like your time and love, but there are definitely some costs involved! Before you adopt, consider the likely costs that come with caring for different types pets. If you’ve never owned a particular type of pet before, knowing how much your new pet will cost can be complicated. So we put together this article to help you figure out the average cost of owning of different types of cats or dogs to help you out!

Basic Supplies – If you need to buy everything brand new, your “start up” cost will vary depending on the size of your pet… and if you choose to basic items, or are investing in fancy designer duds! For a small dog or cats, figure on $100, for a medium, $200, and for a giant breed dog, $300 and up! Basic pet supplies include:

* Collar
* Pet ID Tag
* Microchip
* Leash (for dogs)
* Pet Bed
* Bowls
* Toys
* Food

Average Yearly Cost - This not only depends on the size of your pet (a Chihuahua eats less than a Great Dane), but on the age, health and how well-trained your pet already is before you adopt them. It also depends on where you live, as vet care in cities tends to be more expensive than in rural areas. Puppies and kittens are more expensive because they typically need a series of vet visits for vaccinations, more toys larger collars as they grow, training, and tend to be the ones that chew up your couch cushions! The term “senior” for dogs depends a lot on the size of the breed, as larger breeds (and purebreds) typically develop health problems much sooner than smaller and mixed breed pets. The dollar ranges below also include food and average annual vet care costs:

* $300 – Adult indoor-only cat (1 to 10 years old)
* $400 – Kitten (under 1 year old)
* $500 – Senior indoor-only cat (10+ years)
* $600 – Any age cat that goes outdoors
* $350 – Small adult dog
* $450 – Medium adult dog
* $600 – Large adult dog
* $800 – Small to medium puppy (under 1 year old)
* $900 – Medium to large puppy (under 1 year old)
* $1200 and up – Senior dogs, some purebred breeds, special needs pets, dogs who’s coats require monthly professional grooming

Additional and Unexpected Costs – these can change your average yearly costs drastically! It is a very personal decision figuring out how much you would spend on your pet in an emergency – theirs or yours! We explore some options in our prior blog article about preparing for vet costs, but there are other unexpected costs to consider too:

* emergency vet care
* long-term illness
* extensive behavior training
* boarding or petsitting if you travel
* destruction of valuable items (shoes, furniture, landscaping)

Remember, being a responsible pet owner means not only budgeting for your monthly costs, but planning for the unexpected. We hope this article helps you to plan for a happy, healthy long life of your newly adopted pet!