barbi9222... I have a dachshund and she has had bladder stones. She had her first surgery to remove 2 stones when she was 2 yrs old, (she is 5 and 1/2 now) and she just had her second surgery back in Feb. to remove 2 more! I understand what you mean about the cost of the surgery! It is expensive, what we did was we saves a little every week when we could and we took our change everyday and put it into a can that we marked "Muffin's Surgery" and you will be amazed as to how much you can save in a short period of time! Also, you can ask your vet about a something called CareCreditis basically a credit program that you can get for your pet that you can use for things like this. Just go to carecredit.com and see if you can get some help there.
As far as giving medication to your dachshund... don't give ANYTHING to your doxie unless the vet tells you to. Dachshunds systems are fragile, and they are sensitive to many things and you don't want to give him or her anything tht will make matters worse. I don't know the details of your dogs bladder stone problem, but I would like to talk to you more about it. I have been through this with my dachshund twice now and I know how this works. How did you find out that your dachshund had stones? And is your doxie a male or female? and how ond is he or she?
An antibiotic wont do much for bladder stones unless there is infection along with the stones. It will clear up infection but it wont do anything to clear up the stones. The main treatment for that is usually surgical removal. Sometimes, if you cannot afford a needed surgery for your animal, the Humane Society will do it but you will have to relinquish your dog. Check around though, there may be a lower cost clinic. Private vets can be very expensive but some clinics will do work much cheaper than a private veterinarian. Many places will let you set up a payment plan. Dont let your little dog suffer because you cant afford to take care of him. I know very well how difficult it is but if he is hurting, something has to be done. Call around.
I was once told on one of my dogs that a surgery was going to be thousands of dollars with a private vet but I found a nearby clinic to do it for just a couple hundred dollars and they let me make payments so call around and ask! You have nothing to lose by calling around and asking what the price is for the procedure he needs. The veterinary business is a very competitive money making enterprise and you will find large variations in cost from vet to vet and clinic to clinic. You might even ask your local Humane Society for a referral to a low cost pet clinic. If all else fails, and your poor little guy really needs the surgery, you may have to give him up-you have to do what is right for your pet even though it breaks your heart.
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