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The Worst Thing about Pet Ownership

As a pet mom, there is nothing that makes my stomachs sink faster than getting the call from the veterinarian saying there are concerns about my dogs’ health. That’s what happened last week following Lincoln’s biyearly vet visit. His blood came back with abnormally low platelet counts and after getting a retest, his numbers looked even worse. And the concerns of how to best balance doing everything I can for Lincoln began.

Lincoln in Huntington, WV (From: Herald Dispatch)

Fortunately, today Lincoln is still bouncing around and the outcome from the blood work looks curable or manageable. So I breathe a sigh of relief.

But this is not the first time we agonized over Lincoln’s health. We affectionately call him our little lemon. In addition to his major food allergies, in 2006 and 2010, he had major surgeries costing several thousand dollars each from painful and scary back injuries. 

Still somehow in my mind, my dogs will live forever. They will always run to greet me when I get home and curl up on the couch next to me. But as Lincoln and Ellie continue to climb into their senior years, it weighs on my mind that the time will come when I will have to make hard choices. Lincoln and Ellie have been my first pets as an adult and I honestly can’t imagine what my life, home, or desk at work would be like without them.

As they've started to move a little slower, it has served as a reminder for me to spend more time with them and make sure I enjoy their unique quirks and personality to the fullest. What about you? If you've got a senior pet, how do you give your pet extra love?

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