The Power Company giveth , and the Vet Taketh away.

Swings and roundabouts, ups and downs, income and outgoings.
Hubby and I are destined never to be rich, but things do have a way of balancing out.
I had yet another email from the energy company today which had me reaching for the phone again.
Having given them accurate meter readings, they revised my bill and my monthly payment is still being reduced, but to £46 pm not £40 as originally discussed last week.
What put me in a panic is that they are going to refund our credit balance in full, so I will have no kitty in reserve starting the winter months.
However, this current bill has been taken into account and my normal payment is going out this week with the reduced one coming into effect in September. By the time our next bill comes around in November, we will have amassed £152 with a usage of about £90 for the quarter so we can begin again. Our electricity is working out at about 2.5 kwh per day so our annual usage will be almost half what it was in the cottage. Our heating will be a little more complicated, at present just one and a half cubic meters a week, but we shall see, and I can always pay in a lump sum if we owe them rather than carry a debt over.
We took Maggie to the vet today as she has still been scratching a lot, though we can’t see anything when we brush her or check the area she’s been bothering.
Seems the OTC treatments we have been using on her are not strong enough and she has the F word, all be it tiny ones, as the vet found ‘droppings’ in her fur which our nit comb had missed! Bugger!!
So, a jab to help stop the itching and 6 ‘Stronghold’ pipettes have set us back £95, and if she’s still scratching in a couple of months, we’re to take her back.
We went to a different surgery today but within the same practice chain, and they only have the one vet. Like the one here, the staff are very pleasant, but what we noticed was the familiarity between them and their clients. The vet himself was also nice, not exactly a people person, but he was good with Maggie and that’s what’s important.
Only one vet means continuance of care, and whilst we are not knocking our practice here at all, it is unusual for Maggie to see the same vet twice unless we specifically request it and are prepared to wait a few days. Getting an appointment here on the same day is impossible unless it is a dire emergency.
This other surgery is only 17 miles away, and the sat nav took us on a route that took only 25 minutes, so it’s a doable option.

We have been continuing our treatments of the house and hoovering every day anyway, but will again have to up the ante with this new turn of events and hopefully see light at the end of the smoggy tunnel before too long.
As I said in an earlier post, I’m getting just a tad tired of things going wrong, especially when it’s through no fault of ours, or Maggie’s for that matter.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to The Power Company giveth , and the Vet Taketh away.

  1. Poor Maggie. That must have been a really bad flea infestation. Usually a couple treatments and you are good. Hugs to you and the pup. Money in and money out. Isn’t that the way it always is.

  2. stevetanham says:

    We think the Seresto collar is the best performer, Pensivity. It’s a rubber collar that sits alongside the main collar. It’s made from impregnated rubber and harmless to humans. It kills fleas and ticks and last for 6-8 months. We found it more coast effective for Tess than any other method. Hope this helps!

    • Thanks Steve. We’ll look out for it. We’ve used Stronghold on her before and it’s been really good. So far today not a single scratch!

    • My vet also recommended the Seresto collar, and we’ve been using that for Puppy Cody. Haven’t seen a tick or flea yet! The collar is expensive, but I believe it’s worth it, especially for dogs like Cody who can’t tolerate those topical flea medications that come in little tubes and get applied to the dog’s back.

      Having said that, in order for any flea treatment to work on the dog, the home environment must also be treated to kill any live fleas and eggs. Just washing the bedding may not be enough. There are products that can be sprayed on the carpets and around the baseboards, etc., and there are also flea bombs (but you’d have to leave the house for a few hours with those).

      • We are looking into the Seresto collars, as price wise it seems to be on a par with the Stronghold (6 months supply was £60, compared to £41 for a collar that lasts 8).
        You would not believe the applications we’ve been using here…… sprays, foggers (4 to date), powders, and we have been treating the entire house. We are fogging again on Saturday and going out for the day.

      • Ugh. Well, at least cold weather will be coming, and that always helps.

      • Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

    • Coming back to you on this Steve, where did you get the collar from please? Is it something that has to be done mail order or do pet stores stock them? Hubby has checked the internet and the only stockist he can find is Amazon, and they have one left!

  3. F word can be in the lawn. If that is the case maybe a cold
    Winter will kill them.

  4. fransiweinstein says:

    Hope this bad spell disappears quickly. I’ve had my fair share of them too so I know the feeling.

  5. pgraysurvival says:

    Pets, kids, and family will always keep you poor.
    But it takes government to put you in debt.

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