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I had planned to post about allergies, but that will have to wait. I have a much more pressing issue to discuss.

Saturday morning, my cat Sam was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. The veterinarian scheduled me to come back Monday morning to do more testing and see how far along he was in the illness. She gave me vitamins to give him two or three times a day. While I could discuss the different methods of dealing with CRF, that's not my main focus.

The focus of this post is regarding vet bills. Sam unfortunately passed away Sunday night. His illness had progressed much further than we'd imagined because, like most cats, he hid his symptoms carefully. He had been incredibly active and loving until Saturday evening, at which point he became weak. Granted, he was sixteen, but it was still a pretty hard hit, especially to my fiancé. Johnny got Sam when Johnny was only five and Sam was a kitten.

Anyway, we were fortunate enough to have the money to pay for the vet bills. If Sam had to have gone under serious treatment, we wouldn't have been able to do it. No one should ever have to choose between treating a pet and letting a beloved pet suffer due to a lack of funds. Through Catster, I found various methods of payment for vet bills from a fellow animal lover.

Personally, I think that CareCredit looks rather promising. You can choose various payment plans based on the time you'll need to pay off the bill. You have to get approved for CareCredit before going to the vet and make sure that your vet takes it! Once in the office, you decide your payment plan based on the bill. CareCredit won't pay for services already rendered, so you'll need to set up the plan before anything happens.

I want you all to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Don't let a beloved family pet suffer because you didn't plan ahead. If I hadn't had the money for the vet bill, I would have been sick with guilt.
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Today I gave Nico, my two-year-old white cat, a bath. If we leave the closet doors open for too long, he has the tendency to use them to climb into the attic. We'll find him a few hours later, scratching and mewing from the inside of one of the other closets.

Needless to say, this turns his white coat into a gray one.

Johnny and I try to put the flea treatment on the pets at the beginning of every month, or as close to the beginning as possible. With seven pets, it's imperative that all the animals keep flea treatment on them every month. While the cats don't go outside, the dogs do.

Most people have a misconception about baths and flea treatments. Often, people bath their pets with a shampoo that kills fleas, dry the pet, and immediately apply a spot-on treatment between the shoulder blades. Doing this is a bad plan. I'm honestly not sure the logistics of this, but you need to wait at least twenty-four hours after bathing a pet to apply a spot-on treatment. If it is applied right after the bath, the spot-on will not last more than a few days (the same amount of time as the bath). Tomorrow I'll be able to put the treatment on Nico (I use and recommend Bio-Spot® for my cats and dogs), and it should last the month.

I bathe Nico with a soft dish soap, like Dawn. Animals are just as susceptible to skin allergies and sensitivities as humans. Nico has incredibly sensitive skin, and most pet baths are either too abrasive or too useless to work properly. When paired with a good spot-on treatment, Dawn dish soap works wonderfully. Besides, imagine all the money you can save by using something you already have on hand!

Bio-Spot® is a great brand. It's relatively inexpensive, ranging from normally $15 to $30 depending on sales and where you buy your pet medications, and it's effective. I don't have money to spare for expensive treatments that work the same. Plus, Bio-Spot® has everything you'll need to prevent your house--and all the creatures in it--from contracting or keeping fleas. It even works for mosquitoes, and during the muggy summer months, that's important!


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