Last week I had to take Max for a haircut that should last him until we get back from our Flea Market trip in February. Two to three months seems like the perfect amount of time between cuts. For the most part his haircut costs just under $100, but sometimes that will balloon to about $250, if the cost of the vet bill is included. The reason for the difference? In one word…plucking!
When it comes to Goldendoodles, there are two trains of thought when it comes to the hair in the ears. Some vets will tell you to get the hair in the ears plucked every time you get the dog groomed, while others will say the opposite. I should know. I’ve heard both from the vet clinic I take Max to.
Last week I decided to get his ear hairs plucked. They hadn’t been plucked for a couple of cuts and the hair was getting a little long and, I imagine, a little uncomfortable for Max. The reason we don’t get that done is because every time we do I end up at the vet clinic with a dog that has a nasty ear infection. That’s what happened last week.
After I got home from work on Friday, I noticed Max was shaking his head a little more than usual. I treated his ear with a cleaning solution we have, but that didn’t seem to do the trick. By mid afternoon I decided to start up the vehicle and take a little trip to see the vet. It wasn’t tough to convince Max. The words “car ride” were all he needed to hear. He thought we were going to the park. Sorry buddy, not until it warms up.
There were only two other pet owners in the vet when I arrived, which I thought would shorten my trip. It didn’t. It doesn’t matter how many people are waiting in front of me, it’s always an hour wait, no matter how you cut it.
So, after an hour and a $130 bill, Max and I were on our way back home. Poor fellow is going to need ear drops for the next 7 or 8 days, but as of yesterday morning his ears were looking and feeling a whole lot better.
So, that’s how a $100 haircut becomes a $230 haircut.