Shots by their very nature are clearly important. And I feel good that I’m finally getting organized and able to keep track of Murphy’s shots enough to know when he needs a booster.
However, due to the swollen face incident from the original vaccine (that quickly died down with a little Benadryl), it’s now in Banfield’s system (the vet in Petsmart) that my dog has had an allergic reaction to a vaccine. Therefore, apparently it’s company policy that he has to stay there for two hours, the vaccine given through an IV, and a dose of their Benadryl afterwards. So all of this takes his $28 vaccine up to $128.
That’s right. $128.
And the worst part? This procedure has to happen from now on, EVERY TIME HE GETS A SHOT. So I pretty much have no option but to find a new vet and not tell them about the history, and have some Benadryl on hand when we get home. But that’s still a financial drain because a huge benefit of my Bansfield is that every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 it’s free visits. So then all you have to pay for is the vaccine.
So I left without the shot (couldn’t take a hit of $100 on such short notice… gave me a physical reaction and I didn’t want to push it). I have 2 weeks to figure out what to do before the window for the booster expires.