Purple Heart wrote:Keep these adventures coming Tommy - all of your stories are an interesting read!
Ok, just for you and the other three (possibly) readers of my posts
Little update on Vaccination and Vets in Ahmerica.
Getting tired of seeing one of the most expensive vets around these parts. Good service and all but whopper of a bill.
Gendut's doc for the last three years always charged around 380 dollars for a check up and annual shots for the little guy. And then he charged another 700 or more for getting his teeth cleaned and some taken out (poor little guy).
So this year, I decided to take Gendut to the local SPCA for his shots. This was where I always took Smudgey.
Smudgey never did cost me too much money. In Taiwan the vets were really very reasonable . But they are NOT reasonable in the USA. Absolutely NOT so.
I think I spent maybe 2000nt a year on Smudgey's shots at his Taiwan vet , and includes a check up. I think also a blood test or two. In the USA, as he was always very healthy cept when he was dying that I never spent much money on vet bills. Cost 500 to have him cremated and his ashes buried in a pet cemetery in Napa. Where Tommy my other cat was also buried. Tommy and Smudgey came to Ahmerica with me in 99.
Here I think its anywhere from 200 bucks and up for a couple of blood tests , a quick look over and annual shots. Depending on the vet.
And I don't recall needing annual booster shots even.
So a lot of people who have pets here get their shots from the weekend clinics at the local pet stores. I think they are very reasonable, something like 50 bucks or something.
IF the pet needs a physical with blood tests, you have to go to a vet and get fleeced.
Smudgey got the SPCA treatment the ten years he lived in the USA. And I don't even recall going there annually? I don't really think he needed shots annually even?
So , long story short. The local Martinez SPCA has a nice little clinic here. Used to be drop in daily except Sunday. Now the clinic is by appointment and only on Saturday. So wifey took him in last Saturday . It was all very easy and fast.
Funny thing was , for some reason they seem to want to get a lot of personal details about you first? I called up and they asked if I was a local resident (probably the local SPCA only provides shots for local cats and dogs?). She looked up my info and talked about Smudgey and all that and then I was IN. Appt set up. And now Whopper has a file with them too.
Was only 55 bucks ! Rabies shot and some sort of combi shot was less then 20 bucks and the rest was made up of inserting a microchip into Gendut. Now I have to go to some website to register and I think theres a fee, will post later how much. And the shots are good for three years. Don't need an annual booster at all. I had seemed to remember not needing annual boosters. I guess they only boosted the vets income.
This way the little rascal if ever lost and turned into an SPCA can be returned to us as they will call us.
Dogs have to be chipped and licensed in California. Forget how much, maybe something like 30 bucks a year or some such. It's optional for Cats.
Always good to have your pet microchipped though because if they do get lost and taken to an animal rescue center they could get reunited with you.
The chip is like a kernel of rice in size and they put it between the shoulder or something like that. A bit painful inserting but otherwise should be fine. Smudgey had one even though he was strickly indoors. Whopper Gendut is also strickly indoors but he does slip out now and then.