Friday, July 15, 2011

Well that's just Pawesome.

Bowser kept scratching at his foot the last few weeks.  He is a dog -- they bite, lick and do all kinds of weird/gross stuff, right?  Well, then I noticed he had gnawed a dime-sized circle of hair off.  I guessed he had a skin allergy so I took him to the vet.
The vet looks at my over-sized pup..... Asks if I can second mortgage my house and then for  Shits ☑ Giggles he runs $300 worth of tests to determine poor Bowser has ringworm.  
No big deal-- he just needs some fast actin' Tinactin, right?
He needs Grifulvin V 500 mg  42 pills for $270.99 
He takes 3 pills a day.  That's a 14 day supply.
Oh and a $20 bottle of special shampoo.
And here's an interesting twist-- he has to take the pills WITH FAT for absorption.  So I shove it in a pat of butter, rolled in bacon grease, wrapped in cheese, dipped in lard, covered in scrapple, and then folded into a sausage patty.  

So $600.00 for the medical equivalent of doggie Athlete's foot.
This is freaking ridiculous that we can go to CVS and get something for $6 to kill the same fungus that takes $300 in vet visits and $300 in Rx and $20 in shampoos for dogs.  If there's a walk-a-thon / fundraiser / bake sale / raffle / whatever to raise funding for research on this one you bet your rawhide I'm interested!


Paula... said...

You don't have to convince me of the exorbitant vet bills - between the horse and dog over the past six months, we've gone through almost $2,000

Lesle Alvarado said...

I love the picture! But I'm weeping for your pocketbook.