In a recent post, YodelMa mentioned some Vet 9 urine test strips that can be purchased. This led me to wonder how much stuff I could get online (in the U.S.) as opposed to paying riduculous vet fees to check for such things as bladder infections. I have a P.O. box in the U.S. that is about a 7 minute drive away from our home.
Can any of you breeders and other knowledgeable folks tell me what I could be ordering (to keep on hand) to do a little of the easier care stuff on my own? This does not mean I wouldn't take Kipawa in to the vet when he needed it - trust me, I tend to be one of those people that take my animals in to the vet when they look at me funny. I would like to be able to do preliminary checking before running in to the vet.
The reason I am asking is my last vet bill (for our 19 year old cat) was $423.00 which included office check, urinalysis, blood, 1 xray and a shot of antibiotics. What did they find? Nothing. They suggested we keep her on a low protein food, which we have been doing for 5 years now. We were looking for an answer as to why she is peeing all over the house. I believed it was psychological (senile cat?) but wanted to make sure nothing else was going on.
Vet fees here on the west coast of Canada are ridiculous.