Welcome to the third, and final, installment of this blog series on feline urethral obstruction… Part 3 - ‘Be Preventive’. In this post I’ll highlight the things you need to know and the steps you should take to prevent an occurrence (or recurrence) of this condition.
Additionally, and as an aside, if you’ve ever had a cat suffer from a urethral obstruction I’d greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete the online survey I created on SurveyMonkey. The survey can be found by clicking here, its completely anonymous and only takes a few minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your time.
And so, without further ado, lets talk about the things you need to know and do to decrease your cat’s risk for urethral obstruction…
Regardless of how aware and proactive you may be with your pet’s health and safety, and as much as I will prepare you, there will, sadly, always be the possibility of an illness or emergency ‘sneaking through’. Do you have a financial plan in place should such an event occur?
Part of the preparedness aspect of my ‘Be aware. Be prepared. Be preventive.’ mantra is financial preparedness. For example, what would you do if suddenly faced with the following costs for your pet’s necessary emergency care?
Cat bite abscess (cat): $1,250
Hit-by-car (dog): $5,600
Urethral obstruction (cat): $2,700
Toxin ingestion (mushrooms, dog): $6,500
Heatstroke (dog): $4,200
Gastrointestinal foreign body surgery (diaper, dog): $3,275
Vomiting and diarrhea (pancreatitis, dog): $3,000
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (cat): $4,600
Back surgery for ruptured disc (dog): $5,600
These are just a few examples, but they’re real and they’re common. As you’re hopefully beginning to realize and coming to appreciate, it truly is best to give some thought and consideration to such situations before they happen to one of your pets — doing so will not only allow you to be more medically and emotionally prepared, but better financially prepared as well. In this post I’ll outline the options available for you when faced with the unexpected costs of a pet emergency.