I received a really fabulous blog comment today that I just wanted to share the highlights of…
A long time follower of this blog recently noticed her dog ‘acting funny’. She brought him into the vet, & the vet ran a bunch of tests… All of the tests were inconclusive. The dog was diagnosed with tummy troubles and sent home. However, his Mum (being a follower of this blog) was familiar enough with IVDD symptoms to insist on an MRI…And low and behold, the came to find out that their sweet boy was suffering from a ruptured disc. He went in for surgery today and has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
FORTUNATELY, because they’ve followed this blog and heard all of my incessant preaching, these people have insurance so they are not left scrambling at the last minute & their darkest hour to come up with the $10,000 vet bill.
It warms my heart to know that Oslo’s story & journey is saving lives in this way.
” The MRI revealed that Pancake has a ruptured disk that is bulging into his spinal cord. Apparently it wasn’t causing him the pain that it should’ve because it is pushed to the side instead of pinching. Enough so though it did cause some pain and could have gotten worse. He is in surgery right now and will will have some recovery ahead of him. All of the vet bills for this total up to about $10,000. Thank god for your blog and for pet insurance, best decision we ever made… Thank you thank you thank you for this blog! I’ve been reading it since we got our Frenchie “Pancake” 2 and a half years ago, and it convinced us to both get pet insurance and put a bit of money away each week for him (we call it his college fund, haha).”
Education & Avoidance is #1– Educate about the symptoms of IVDD in French Bulldogs… and avoid activities that can trigger episodes.
And INSURE— Be covered if/when something happens.
If you own a high-risk dog like a Frenchie, please consider getting good health coverage today… Or, at the very least, start packing away money every month ‘just in case’.
Listen, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but if you own a French Bulldog, the chances of you facing at least ONE serious health issue during your dog’s life is basically inevitable. I’d say you have about a 80% chance of encountering at least one massive ($2000+) vet bill between now and whenever your pup dies peacefully of old age in their sleep. It’s not a matter of IF you dog ever it’s sick… it’s a matter of when. Even the best bred Frenchie on the planet is susceptible to a string of health worries…. & IVDD is NOT the only health issue that tends to arise with these dogs. Cancer is common, hip & other joint issues are common, breathing issues, eye issues, terrible allergic reactions.. and that’s not to mention the vet bills that could arise from being hit by a car or involved in a terrible fight, or choking on something, or getting something stuck in their bowels, and on and on.
I don’t say this to frighten you– I say it to shake some sense into you. It’s impossible to guarantee that your dog will ALWAYS be healthy & safe. We all just do the best that we can with the information that we have. But I’ll tell you from experience… if/when something does come up, knowing that you have the safety net of good insurance or savings there to help can literally be the difference between doing what can be done for your dog, and opting to just put them to sleep because you ‘can’t afford it’. Don’t let yourself ever have to make that horrendous choice. Get insurance or start saving today.
Educate. Avoid. Insure… oh, and love the hell of them your precious little piglet in the process.
To Coraleigh & Pancake…. Thank you so much for your kind note. You are in our thoughts! Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤