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From: Callie (
Subject:         Re: my puppy :(
Date: November 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm PST

In Reply to: my puppy :( posted by Crystal on November 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm:

Crystal -- this isn't email, this is a message board. I hope you come back to see this. If you want to actually EMAIL me my email is:
callie at critturs dot com
(No spaces - just use the punctuation??)

Clean the spot -- use some alcohol (yes it will sting, but it will get rid of bacteria). You can even put just a tiny bit of neosporine on it (polysporine is better, but neosporine will work)

If this does infect and it looks worse, then you will have to go to a vet *anyway*. Many vets will let you make payments - especially for a new puppy. You may have to call around, but don't let it go if it looks worse.

But honestly -- please let this be a beginning lesson for you. Puppies are not cheap -- dogs DO need vet attention sometimes. And it's our responsibility to pay for it.

I'm not being mean or nasty -- but you can often make a deal with a vet. You may be able to DO something for the vet in return for services. Offer to come in and help clean out crates, or do laundry or clean. Offers to help will often let the vet help you while you help your dog.

But please start now, and make a fund for vet expenses. I don't know how old you are or what you situation is ... but I learned a long time ago (and I'm kind of an "old" -- middle-aged *smile* lady) that I take ANY money I get unexpectedly ... whether it's money I find in my pockets when I wash, or money I get in cards for birthday, holidays, etc., or coupon refund money or ANY money that is unexpected -- and I put that in a special bank account.

Add to it some specific amount from any pay you get. ANYTHING you put in is money saved and it will add up. But then when something IS wrong you will have at least some money to be able to work with.

Puppies are expensive. If you haven't already, this dog MUST be wormed. Has that been done?

When the pup is 10 weeks old it will need it's first set of shots. Then another set when the dog is about 16 weeks old. (Ask the vet for the "core vaccines" only - it's a better, longer-lasting shot than the "combo" vaccine and it shouldn't be any more expensive).

Feel free to email me if I can help. In fact, let me know more what this cyst looks like and I will try and help you figure out how to keep it clean.

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