It never fails. You always need your emergency fund when you least expect it. Lucky for us, we have a fully stocked emergency fund.
So what happened? Our dog got injured on Easter Sunday.
She was playing with my parents dogs and two of her toenails got completely wrecked and had to be removed, which resulted in quite a bit of pain and bleeding for our poor pup Daphne.
Naturally, she choose Easter Sunday to get injured and none of the vets offices around town are open. Except for the emergency vet clinic, of course!
Emergency Vet Clinics Are Expensive!
We called to make sure we could bring her in and were informed of the $115 exam fee that they charge just to get your dog in the door. Then, we’d have to pay for any additional treatment Daphne would need to get her toe nails fixed.
While this is expensive, there is no way we’d let poor Daphne be in pain and bleeding until our normal vet opened up on Monday, so we took her in.
The vet’s office was very nice, as you would expect from an office that charges such high fees, and everyone was super helpful.
They took Daphne in the back and fixed her right up, all in less than 30 minutes. We were glad they were able to help, but it was finally time to get the nasty bill.
How Crazy Was Our Bill?
We were fortunate. The veterinarian was at home showering between working the previous night and coming back in on Easter Sunday.
Why did that make us lucky? They decided to waive the $115 exam fee since she never saw a veterinarian, just a vet tech. Unfortunately, the rest of the bill was just as ugly.
We were charged a total of $138.62 for Daphne to get her two toenails properly removed, the rest of her toenails cut, her foot bandaged up and for us to get antibiotics and pain medication for her.
To compare, Daphne had a toenail damaged a year or so ago and our regular vet only charged around $50 for everything. Just think, if we had to pay the emergency weekend exam fee, this vet visit would have been over $250!
Emergency Funds Are Awesome
We definitely didn’t plan to spend $138.62 on our pets this month, but that’s why you should have an emergency fund.
Fortunately, we spend less than we earn (actually… much less) so we didn’t have to dip into our emergency fund for this expensive vet bill.
We could have if we needed to though, and that’s what makes emergency funds so awesome. There was no thought about how we’d get the money to pay to make our dog feel better when she felt awful. Instead, we could focus on making our poor pup feel better as fast as possible.
Right now, Daphne is limping around the house on 3 legs, being careful not to put pressure on her injured foot. However, that foot is well bandaged and should be mostly healed in just a few days when things will get back to normal.
Daphne is like a child to us, as are most pets to their owners. Make sure you have an emergency fund so that you can help them out in their time of need, even if that time of need is an Easter Sunday when no vet clinics are open except the expensive emergency vet.
Have you ever had a pet get injured on the weekend and had to take them to an emergency vet? If so, was your bill more than ours was? If not, what is the most recent emergency you’ve had to consider dipping into your emergency fund for? Let me know in the comments!