I got a notice from Mint.com last week about unusual spending in a specific budget category. It seems I spent $550 this month on veterinary services. Unfortunately it wasn’t a mistake and it didn’t even include the $36 dog license.
Dog License Renewal
Charger, our basset hound, was due for his rabies shot and I couldn’t renew the dog license without proof of the immunization. Both are good for three years, but had to be done by March 20th.
I plan for his annual checkup so we made the appointment for a couple of weeks ago and took him in. Our bill was slightly higher than usual because he needed antibiotics but we were told he also needed his teeth cleaned. It wasn’t news to us as it had been recommended the year before, but was put off due to cost.
There’s a Sale
The good news was that the clinic was having a 50% off special on teeth cleaning which meant the price would be $200 instead of $400. That convinced us to move forward so we scheduled an appointment for the following week.
Then I thought about our cat, Buster, who at the age of eight had never had his teeth cleaned. We don’t brush his teeth, as we do Chargers, because my husband came away with shredded arms after our first and only attempt.
Buster needed a checkup first so we scheduled his appointment for the same day as Charger’s cleaning to consolidate trips.
The good news is that Buster is in good health and didn’t even need his teeth cleaned. But his check-up was $125 including three vaccinations. Charger has pretty teeth again (with good-smelling breath).
Hopefully, we won’t enter the vet’s door other than to stock up on monthly preventatives until next March. I need time to recover from that unusual spending activity and replenish the pet care sinking fund. How much do you spend on your pets at the vet each year?