First, I just need to apologize to one and all for my complete disappearance the past 10 days. We left shortly after my last posting to fly to Salt Lake City for a quick “hit” of grandbaby time plus a chance to look around for places to live. All of which has provided much fodder for future postings, but no time to write them!
But one thing that came to mind as a classic item for the “things we’ll miss” list is vet care. (Yes, that would be veterinary care, not veteran’s care, although that is an issue, too, just not one we know much about.)
We’d only been here a few days when we heard that Jen’s sister-in-law Megan discovered her springer spaniel had a cut on her leg. No one knew exactly where the cut had come from, but it clearly needed some medical attention.
So off to the vet they went. This vet is reported by Jen and Larry to be a “good vet” — not prone to hyperventilation over a slight injury, not over-doing it on the treatment, or doing things just to jack up the bill. (Not that anyone ever does that, of course.)
Even so, a bit of anesthesia and a few stitches later, Megan and Roxy left the vet’s office with $317 less in their pocket. (Well, Roxy doesn’t have a pocket and Megan probably paid with a credit card, but you know what I mean.)
This is one HUGE thing we will miss about Costa Rica — vet care, like all medical care, is comparatively very reasonably priced. With up to 4 dogs and 2 cats at a time, we’re no strangers to the vet’s office. But even our injuries — with similar anesthesia, stitches, excising of small tumors or other foreign objects and so on — tend to run under $100, often well under that.
Now, buying Frontline and things like that costs as much or more, and there aren’t any options like 1-800-PetMeds (or whatever), but the actual care that involves a veterinarian is inexpensive and good quality.
That is absolutely something we’ll miss. In the meantime, we’re glad that Roxy is none the worse for wear, even if her mama’s pocketbook is, and we’re hoping our critters stay healthy once we get here.
And for those who are wondering why I haven’t posted more in the past 10 days, they say a picture’s worth 1000 words….