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Steph's Journey:

Willow, my most valuable expense

I got Willow this year in the middle of January. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for a pup, as it was only seven months after I had to put my Gunner down. She was posted on a Vizsla rescue site stating she needed to be rehomed due to a family needing to relocate. Whether that is true or not, I found out that I am now Willow’s fourth home. After having her for a month, it was clear that she has some significant anxiety issues. 

I am fortunate that several people have recommended great experts to me to get Willow back on track, including my vet Dr. Drew at the Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic and Leanne my behavioral trainer through SideKicks Dog Training. It was clear to Leanne early on that Willow has separation anxiety, and she recommended that Willow be put on anti-anxiety medications. Dr. Drew and I have worked together to formulate a plan for Willow, first trying out Trazadone, and now we are on Prozac too, in addition to other training techniques. 

These medications are expensive, but I have found that you can purchase these medications through other places such as Walmart or Chewy for a significant discount. My monthly expenses for Willow are quite costly. Between foods, pet sitting, medications and other additional expenses that come up, I pay about $400 or more for her care. Finding a place to purchase her medications elsewhere is a huge stress reliever for me. With moving to purchase her meds at Walmart, I was able to save $100 a month on her meds!

Another idea I came up with to cut costs on her food was to reach back out to Chewy and set up an auto shipment of her food. I get a 5% discount by doing so, but because I am a returning customer, I got a $20 off coupon for my first order. These are just a few things that I have found handy and will help me pay off debt and save more money sooner.  Willow is my most valuable expense in my life, and she is worth every penny.