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Today’s post has absolutely nothing to do with food.  Surprised?

But, it does still have to do with health.

We all know that our health is comprised of more than just the foods we eat.  Our relationships, even with our 4-legged friends, contribute to being healthy.  Numerous studies have proven this point.

Our dog, Buddy, has been a part of our family for almost 9 years.  He is a sweetheart, and I didn’t realize until this morning just how much I love that little guy.  I mean, I knew I loved him, but this morning it really hit home.

We noticed yesterday that he was laying around more than usual and not his usual chipper self.  Then, his body started vibrating.  IT WAS WEIRD, and the boys kind of got freaked out.

I took Buddy to the vet first thing this morning and got some disturbing news.

He needs surgery.  Not just 1 surgery, but 2!  I was NOT prepared to hear this.

I thought the vet may tell me he had a cold and was shaking because maybe he had a fever.  Good thing I’m not a vet 😉

He has the typical dachshund back problems (there are some areas between his vertebra where there is very little, if any space, so the vertebra are rubbing on each other and some have calcification showing).

His other issue is bladder stones. Not just 2 or 3, but multiple.  His bladder is full of them, and some have even traveled down to his manly/doggy part.

I was in tears on the drive home.  I could not believe my own reaction.  Why in the world was I crying over a dog?  It’s because he truly is like one of our kids.  That little fella has grown up with our boys, and they love him like a brother.  They even say he’s their “brother from a very different mother”.

What to do?  Do we spend the money for surgery or let him suffer?

Surgery, here we come.  Thankfully, we have pet insurance.

Do you have a pet that you love like one of your own kids?  Feel free to share your story.


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