I've had my dog Alvy
for a little more than three months now, and it feels like every other week we are in some kind of animal health crisis.
At least two instances of eating (cooked) chicken bones and at least one instance of eating chocolate off the street during walks. He was ultimately fine in all these instances.
One cut toe resulting in a $400 visit to the emergency vet and two weeks wearing the Cone Of Shame
And just now, on another walk, he snarfed a discarded plastic bag containing some goopy stinky Taco Bell that someone had littered in the street*. I was able to pry most of the bag out of his jaws, but he definitely swallowed some of it and now we're on yet another Poop Watch. Per the receptionist at the vet clinic, who suggested observing him before opting to bring him in -- it being a holiday weekend, we could well end up having our second emergency vet visit since April.
Is this normal? Am I being anxious and catastrophizing normal situations? I knew going into pet ownership that emergency health situations where a "when" rather than an "if". But I feel like I'm in a constant state of crisis over my otherwise healthy and active dog's physical well being.
How often do you find yourself calling the vet, taking your dog into the vet, or making visits to the emergency vet?
*Do not even get me started on people throwing half-eaten fast food litter in the street in my neighborhood.