We live in Alaska, and have a 9 year-old male
Rottweiller named Sunny Bear. He is our sunshine, and our very good
friend. He is gentle giant, even though he weighs 146 pounds. He recently
was diagnosed with diabetes insipidus.
We have a very fixed income and were very afraid we might not be able to
afford the medicine that he requires. The medicine cost
$154.00 for a 5-ml bottle, and sometimes he takes twice that amount in a month.
Putting our sunshine and our friend to sleep was not even an option, but I was
at a great loss as where to go for help. I looked up the company that makes the
medicine and asked many questions as to where what how, we could find
help, and it paid off. The sales representative was also a pet owner and
about the cost of the medicine. I found that this medicine is only available
as a prescription for humans, and I thought that was strange. I talked with our local
pharmacy and learned that they compound
different medicines all the time and could compound Sunny Bear's medicine for
us. Now instead of the medicine costing us $154.00
a month, we now get the same medicine for $40.00 a month. We can fit that into
our budget and Sunny Bear can have his needed medicine.
I hope my sharing our story will help other pet owners. Always remember to
never give up on the ones you love.
-- Contributed by Rick Handel
Contributed May 2000
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