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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cayman Gets Castrated

Today was the big day. Cayman got neutered (sorry ladies, this little man if off the gene pool market now). Dr. Bradley, his vet, said he did really well and recovered nicely from the anesthesia. He was so happy to see us when we went to pick him up but looked miserable at the same time with his buster collar preventing him from licking the surgical incision. So now for the next 10 to 14 days, he is on restricted exercise (which is going to be difficult when Roxy and Zoey get in a playful mood). I also have to keep checking on the incision site at least twice a day for the next two weeks and make sure its kept clean and dry. If I notice any excessive swelling, redness, or foul discharge or if he seems to continue to be in pain or have vomiting or diarrhea or fever then I have to take him back in to the vet.

He was prescribed Carprofen for pain and inflammation which I can give to him starting tomorrow morning. In the meantime, we are keeping him calm and quiet as possible and letting him enjoy his 'get well' presents- a woolly soccer ball squeaky toy and a bag of all natural, human grade Bac'N' Cheez mini biscuits by Old Mother Hubbard (the sister company to the Wellness brand dog food he is on now). Get well soon my wittleman!!

Now to see how great my pet insurance is. I signed up for Pets Best pet insurance last month and this will be the first claim I am filing since obtaining the policy. I had Dr. Bradley fill out all the required information on the claims form and I got a copy of my receipt showing how much I paid ($219.17... eek!) and how much I am claiming. So far I am doing everything as instructed. I just hope they don't hassle me. So many insurance companies have that issue. What they cover is excellent and the rates are good but its the ease of filing claims and getting a timely reimbursement that suck. So here is my first experience with the company- let's hope its a good one!

1 comment:

Ben said...

Theo just got his stitches out two days ago, finally. It's not as frightening a process as you'd think and the little guys are pretty resilient! Good luck with it all and let me know how pet insurance worked out for you.