Saturday, August 08, 2009

A Cause for Celebration

Break out the doggy champagne! Jake is alive and WELL. The ultrasound showed no tumors in his liver or any other organ. He’s taking a natural supplement to remedy his liver enzyme problem. We’re also making an appointment to get his teeth cleaned, since that can contribute to this problem... and he’s never in 11 years had them cleaned.

I must say when I took him in today at 8:00 AM, I was a little taken aback by two things that seemed consistent with the national health care crisis. Paperwork -- pages and pages of it to sign, date, initial. At one point asking me to choose a level of care from these three:

FULL CODE: Instructs us to use all means available to us to resuscitate your pet. Including CPR, emergency medications, surgical intervention, and defibrillation. Additional Estimated Cost: $350 - $750

PARTIAL CODE: Instructs us to perform CPR, use emergency medications and defibrillation, but to proceed no further. Additional Estimated Cost: $350 - $450

NO CODE AND HUMANE INTERVENTION: Instructs us that no effort be made and further, that we use our best judgment to determine whether humane euthanasia is in the best interest of the patient.

That’s a load to process as you contemplate an exploratory procedure on your beloved animal. It struck me just how far we’ve come from the days of James Herriott, who performed whatever treatment was in the best interest of the animal.

After I initialed the box for NO CODE AND HUMANE INTERVENTION, I was then presented with the bill up front for today’s procedure. I hadn’t even brought my charge card in, figuring they had my animal -- what better collateral. But they steadfastly refused to treat him unless I PRE-paid the bill. So of course I did.

Poor Jake hadn’t eaten since his breakfast yesterday morning. I’m sure he was wondering why he had come in at 8:00 AM to sit and wait and wait and wait for a procedure that took place closer to noon.

But I didn’t have the nerve to complain about any of the above when the very pretty vet came out to give me the results. She said he was so well behaved he didn’t even have to be sedated. She also said he had the best-looking organs of any dog she had seen today.

So we came home with Marin, a daily supplement that includes Vitamin E, zinc, and milk thistle. This is supposed to cleanse his liver over the next month. That in combination with cleaning his teeth will probably eliminate the problem.

It would be nice if we had pet insurance to cover the nearly $500 bill for today’s visit and the upcoming $500 to clean his teeth. But the truth is, Jake is worth every penny of it.


Blogger Cyndy said...

Hooray! That is great news! Jake is expensive, but worth it.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Cyndy -- I suppose we can always tell ourselves we traded a vacation for Jake's health and well-being this year!

2:42 PM  
Blogger LiLu said...

Yayyyy!!! So glad to hear it!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

LiLu -- I really need a HAPPY hour tonight! Thanks for your support. It was great to finally meet you last night at Evolve.

5:20 PM  
Blogger media concepts said...

Woo hoo!

As for the health care bureaucracy, I had another experience with that yesterday. I'm looking to notify my insurance company of elimination of an Rx, which should bring down the premium. My broker says that, instead of a simple cover letter with documentation, the company requires that I fill out the entire application that I just filled out to them less than 5 months ago.

And people say they are concerned that, if reform passes, "bureaucrats" WILL BE making their health care decisions? As in, in the future?

5:32 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MC -- Those people denying the need for health care reform are either on the insurance company payroll or in a strong state of denial! Sadly the veterinary area has not been spared. The difference there is in most cases the consumer foots the entire bill, and what can you really say when they tell you your pet needs something?

5:40 PM  
Blogger lacochran said...

Yay for Jake! Long live Jake!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

If he was in the room at the time, did he blush at all when told he had the best looking organs?

8:57 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Great news! good old Jake - so happy to hear this!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Ulysses -- The statement about his "superior organs" was made out of his earshot (and he does have fine hearing).

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're so glad that Jake got a clean bill of health.

His friends on David Lane.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

Good for Jake!!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Whew! What a relief!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Congratulations, Barbara and family of which Jake's an important part.

6:07 AM  

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