Bugger I broke my dog today!
My old Border Terrier had to be put down with Cancer before Christmas, and just after Christmas my eldest daughter found an 8 month old Springer Spaniel needing a new home as he wasn’t wanted where he was!
The good news was he was free, the bad news is that in the past 4 weeks he’s been to the vets 4 times!
The final triumph today was 165 miles from home he trips and it looks like he’s broken his elbow!
I was working in Clacton on Sea today so thought I’d take the dog and go for a lovely winter walk along the beach after work. we’d done about 2 miles and were just stepping over a small breakwater and he stumbled and then sat there howling! I had to carry him all the way back to my van and then find a vets in town to get him checked over they stabilised him bandaged him up and then we came home. £100 so far!
Tomorrow I’ve got to get him to my vets and then there’ll be xrays then he’ll need sedating again whilst they put him in plaster.
Ho hum it doesn’t look like I’ll be going on holiday in the summer!Posted 9 years agoskidartistMember
Springers are great but they are so full-on that trips to vets are a certainty. See if you can persuade the vet to do a loyalty scheme – like you get in coffee shops – four injuries and ailments and get the fifth one free. My friend had to rush his springer to the vets after it found and ate a whole packet of rat poison. After panic calls to the manufacturer of the poison it turned out a fatal dose for a dog that size is about 25kg.
So an important lesson learned – if you have an infestation of spaniels then poisoning them just isn’t cost effective, better to set traps.Posted 9 years agohoraMember
Pepper firstly all the best. Currently mine is curled up with his head pressed against the base of my back as I type. Get insurance asap. Although I have come across a few Westies that have had numerous recurring problems possibly due to inbreeding. Too much to type on here but the jist is all these were Kennel club Pedigree ready for show or Kennel club registered breeded etc etc. One Westie (I know yours is not I know) had its ears drilled to relief an ongoing ear infection problem. The owners utterly loved their dog- I did, it was lovely but it struck me as a labour of love. All the best though. I know its not positive but its possible that it was bred from too close a stock and the dog is experiencing inbreeding problems?Posted 9 years agoroperMember
We got a rescue pup. She had Parvo but got through after a time on a drip and several days stay at the vets. Had kennel cough, worms and fleas too. Fully recovered long enough to get a paw stick in a street drain which managed to break a leg, all within nine months.
You will be pleased to know she has been clean and healthy for a good while and is a great mate to our little boy and a good part of the family.
All the best.Posted 9 years agoz1ppyMember
We spent £700 on George (lap/springer cross – the worst traits of both) to have his cruciate ligament fixed – only gets to walk on a lead at the moment 2months in…. if you know anything about springers then you should understand his and our fustration…
Should I mention the hydro-therapy, special food… the list goes on, but he’s worth it. (I think)Posted 9 years ago
I’m not an insurance kind of person, I reckon its far better to self insure, ie put the money aside each month and if something happens then it can be paid for, if nothing happens then you;re quids in.
We’ve had dogs for over 12 years and this is the only time an insurance cover would have paid out.
So if I were paying £20 a month for a dog then times that by 12x 12 it I would have paid nearly £3000
this bill (after haggling with the vets this am) is coming in at £500.Posted 9 years ago
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