Rough weekend. It started on Friday when I came home to find the dogs had pulled out the plastic liner on my bed cover. It was hanging out on the floor and I needed to cut it but I decided to give the dogs their evening treat first because they were running around excitedly and I didn't want to poke them with the scissors. Next thing I know, my big dog is trying to jump on the bed, then he yelps and when I turn around he is limping. I think he probably slipped on the plastic and twisted his leg or he did the splits while trying to get on the bed. He limped outside and I was hoping that it was just a sprain. He came back in and seemed to be ok. Later that night, I helped him get on the bed. Early the next morning, he tried to get up and yelped. He managed to get outside. I went back to bed and woke up an hour and a half later and he was still outside. I tried to help him up but he was in a lot of pain and all sorts of terrible scenarios started going through my mind. Broken hip, strained back, torn ligament, etc... I called the vet and they say they can get me in as an emergency case which means an extra fee and more waiting. A few minutes later, she calls back and says they have had a cancellation so I can have a regular appointment. Now the hard part, getting my 75 pound dog in to the car. I tried putting his front feet up on the bumper but he yelped so that was out. Next I managed to heave his whole body up and in the back of my PT Cruiser. I must say the dog cargo space certainly came in handy. We got to to the vet and I slid my dog to the ground. He could walk but he yelped when stepping up the curb.
Anyway, lots of tests and x-rays were ordered and I went home but first did some grocery shopping while I was out. The fall fruit selection was very boring, by the way. I am sad that watermelon season is over. Later I went back to collect my drugged-up dog. The good news is that he didn't break anything. The bad news is that he has an enlarged spleen and we won't know what that means until the blood test results come back. My dog got anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain killers. I think I could use some of those myself after lifting him in to the car.
Today he is feeling much better and even jumped on the bed tonight. This little trip to the vet only cost me $550. I had decided that is was going to cost $600 so I wasn't surprised at the bill. Of course, this made me think about my goals to semi-retire early. I must be able to afford my lifestyle which includes the care and maintenance of 3 dogs. The good news is that my future budget includes $700/m for my basic bills and $700/m for both projects and, if needed, unexpected trips to the vet. Hopefully, I won't be needing too many of those.