Vet bills are what owners fear the most because the worst ones come as a surprise, and sometimes when we're least ready for it. Most of you know I've been finally getting back on my feet financially this summer after a bad autumn/winter last year, and a slow start in the new job earlier this year.
We had just started trying to get Mia (the black cat)'s obstructed breathing issues diagnosed - still in progress - when my wonderful, bonded companion, the calico Prou finally revealed how sick she was. An emergency vet trip on Wednesday September 21 revealed end-stage renal failure, something Prou must have been concealing for months. The excrutiating decision to put this beautiful creature to sleep was made on the spot, and without being in any way prepared for it, I came home with an empty carrier and a crushed heart.
The folks at Mitchell Animal Hospital have been great. Mia's already $460 into tests and exams, and the staff have let me defer the $700 in Prou's bloodwork and euthanasia fees until I come pick up her ashes in a week. There is still an undetermined cost to Mia's ongoing diagnosis and treatment: looking to try a round of Prednisone first, but quite possibly looking at surgery/recovery if we can find the source of the airway obstruction. This remains the biggest unknown future cost, and the item most likely to result in any change to the campaign goal.
I would like to plan for small memorial objects for Prou (Mia's can wait a bit longer, hopefully), and I would like to put money in the hands of potter friends who are willing to make a matched pair of urns for the ladies' ashes. The glass memorials, which will have a small amount of their ashes embedded, are ~$100ea. Urn cost as yet undetermined.
It's hard to admit I need help, but I do. I can't afford these unexpected costs, and being both self- and contract-employed, I can't afford the time off to grieve Prou's untimely death the way I wish I could. The time off is my own concern, and I'll manage that as best I can but I could really use the help with the vet costs as they mount. My ladies are (were) Senior Statescats, both sixteen+ years old, and health challenges are only going to keep coming, no matter how in denial we are with our bonded beauties. So as hard and awkward as it is to ask for help, I am; I need some help in caring for these furry little loves, both in the final enclosure for Prou, and in the ongoing medical costs for Mia.
If you can spare a couple of bucks, please do, with my (our) immense gratitude for your support. Thank you.