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Dogs – Cats and Budgeting – Pet tip 242

Times are tough and many of us have less money coming in (income) but still have the same costs. This leaves most people with very little extra money to just ‘throw away’. This may cause some pet owners to become worried about how to provide for the health and well-being of their pets.

In this article we will try to help you structure your pet-related spending in a way that will keep both you and your pet in good shape. We will start by addressing the essential costs involved with keeping your pet healthy. Then we will mention some options that may help you afford these essential costs. Finally, we will look at what pet-related spending we can consider a luxury (non-essential).

The most important thing you can provide for your pet is health. Budgeting for an annual check-up and vaccinations is absolutely necessary.

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Golden Retriever
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Nov 23, 2006
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November 23, 2006-September 13, 2014

Nugget was the dog I waited 25 years for. He was our puppy, my "fuzz-bucket", our gold Nugget. He was loyal and affectionate. He always had to be at our feet or at least in the same room close by. He loved running around the yard looking for the rabbits and squirrels. He loved to be brushed and always feel asleep during it. To have him in our lives for only 7 years just wasn't enough time.

He was born with a heart murmur and was the smallest of the litter. The vet had to work on him for almost an hour to get him to breathe. He was a fighter and he made it through a few health issues in his short life. But generally he was a very happy and content dog.

In the last couple months of his life his appetite disappeared. He wouldn't eat much, so we switched his food a few times thinking he was being picky. He would eat for a couple days and stop again. We brought him to the vet because he was breathing quickly. We were shocked and extremely saddened to learn that his heart was enlarged and it could not be reversed. He had fluid in his lungs and his temperature was below normal. He was given a diuretic to get the fluid out of his lungs, allowing us to bring him home for one more night so our son could say goodbye.

We spent the night petting and talking to him, telling him how much he was loved. He had to be carried up the stairs because his back legs had no strength. We made him as comfortable as possible in his last hours.

When we returned to the vet to have him euthanized he was not alone. We stayed with him until the end. He knew he was loved and would be forever missed

RIP Nugget puppy. We will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

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