February 13, 2011
Home for geriatric animals
Within the last couple of months, we have found out that two of our cats (Taco and Skittles) and one of our dogs (Nadia) have diabetes. Taco and Nadia must have twice-daily insulin injections. Skittles is so feral that there is no way to medicate him, but he seems to be suffering the least of the three. In addition to that, Captain D has a slight tear on his ACL (knee ligament) and if it worsens, we may be looking at surgery. And another of our cats (Bandit) has a urinary tract infection. It feels like a black cloud has been hanging over our house recently! I was at the vet clinic three days this week and our checking account shrunk considerably. With all the animals that we have, and most of them now geriatric, we knew this would eventually happen. When our vet told me about a client who has three dogs, all in terminal stages from one disease or another, our situation didn't seem so bad. We love our critters and have vowed to take the best care of them that we possibly can for the time that they are with us, but having pets is a huge responsibility...time-wise and money-wise. And honestly, sometimes it gets to be overwhelming. But, given the immense joy and entertainment they bring into our lives, we think it's a fair trade.
As for The Interloper, it appears he has moved on. We haven't seen him again, so I am hoping he went back to his rightful home....and to the vet for a neuter!