Can’t Afford the Vet?

You have probably heard the phrase “if you can’t afford the vet, you can’t afford the pet” and it is true to a degree. Pet ownership doesn’t stop after the purchase of the animal and it is my personal opinion that getting a pet when you know you cannot afford vet care is selfish.

There are of course many people who fully intend on taking their pet to the vet but life happens: they lose their job, family members get sick, the pet gets hit by a car, etc. What do these people do? The absolute best thing to do is be prepared as much as possible. Get pet insurance! For something like $25 a month you can get your pet insured and it will cover most illnesses and accidents. Get a savings account. Put money away every month, as much as you can afford and use it only for vet visits. If your dog gets hit by a car or needs emergency surgery it can easily cost $5,000.00 so try to have that much in savings ready to go.

Go see the vet at least yearly. I cannot stress enough how much preventative care does exactly that: prevents illnesses. I have caught heart disease, cancer, retinal disease and more just doing annual exams. The owners had no idea their pet was ill. By taking care of these things before they got worse these owners saved thousands of dollars. Vaccines are important too, especially for puppies and kittens. A parvo vaccine may be $20, treating parvo can cost into the thousands.

Understand that you don’t have to do everything your vet recommends, but also understand the repercussions of declining. For me personally, I cannot sleep at night knowing I didn’t offer every single pet owner the very best care. Who am I to judge what people can afford? On a more selfish level, if I didn’t offer the best care and a pet died or became ill and the owner filed a board complaint, I could be fined or even lose my license.  This is true for all vets. So please understand we must offer the best care and at least give you the chance to understand what you are declining. If you do decline testing or medication, understand that this limits what we can do for you. I had an owner decline testing a lump on his cat but he became very angry when I couldn’t tell him what the lump was. We offer tests for a reason. Also understand that sometimes if you decline care your only option is euthanasia. People do not like it when vets suggest euthanasia but sometimes this truly is the only other option. It isn’t right to send an animal home to die a slow and painful death simply because the owner cannot afford treatment but refuses to do the right thing and euthanize.

Also understand that wasting time on Google and pet care forums wastes precious time and money. I can cite numerous cases where an owner spent months or more researching and trying things on their own and it was something a vet could have fixed in a single visit. By the time the pet comes to us it is too late. By all means get care advice from other trustworthy sources but if an animal is ill, the internet is not your friend.

I know that there are those out there that will say they cannot put anything in savings, they cannot afford pet insurance, and they cannot even afford basic vaccines. To you I say, don’t get a pet. It just isn’t right to take a living thing into your home knowing you cannot provide it the care it needs. If you want that connection with an animal go volunteer at a shelter and walk dogs, babysit friends pets, there are lots of other ways to have animals in your life without owning one.

anonymous asked:

should I still get a check up if I'm a virgin and never masturbated?

Hi anon,

Thanks for your question. Getting a checkup every year by a health care provider is always recommended. It is important to be open and honest with your health care provider about what sexual behaviors you engage in. This way they can recommend the appropriate testing. 

One common test that is done is a Pap test. A Pap test is is when cells are taken from the cervix—the lower part of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina—and examined to see if the sample contains any irregular cells. The recommended age to have a pap test done is 21. This includes people who have never engaged in sexual behaviors. Learn more about Pap tests with our FAQ on this topic.

STD testing is recommended when you engage in sexual behaviors with a partner that have risk for STD transmission like oral, anal or penile-vaginal sex and genital skin-to-skin contact. Learn more about STD testing with our FAQ on this topic.

I hope this helps.

Devastating: Iowa Health Center Closures

Ignoring the opposition of thousands of Iowans, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a Planned Parenthood “defunding” measure — similar to the measure in “Trumpcare” — that is forcing the closure of four Planned Parenthood health centers this Friday, June 30. This is despite the fact that 77 percent of Iowans support funding for care at Planned Parenthood and that other health care providers in Iowa cannot meet the tremendous need for care without Planned Parenthood.

Politicians have suggested women could go to “alternative” providers like dentists and school nurses instead. In fact, Planned Parenthood served 30 percent of the more than 12,000 people who received care through the state’s Medicaid family planning waiver program last year, according to the Iowa Legislative Services Agency. This legislation would be hardest on people who already face barriers to accessing health care — especially people of color, young people, people with low to moderate incomes, and people who live in rural areas.

The impact of these attacks will have an immediate impact on Iowa women — leaving nearly 15,000 Iowans without access to their trusted health care provider.

Here are a few of their stories.

Sara’s Story

Sara is a person of faith and has relied on Planned Parenthood since she was 16 for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and annual exams. She has premature ovarian failure, multiple sclerosis (MS) and other health conditions - access to health care is absolutely essential to her.

She does not know where she will go once her health center in Iowa is closed.

Laura’s Story

Laura relied on Planned Parenthood after she was sexually assaulted in college for after care, and for birth control, screenings and medical counseling throughout her 20s. She, like many other women, suffers from endometriosis, a condition that can cause painful periods, heavy bleeding, and even make it more difficult to become pregnant.

She is now the proud mother of a 10 month old daughter and credits her fertility to Planned Parenthood.

Phoebe’s Story

Phoebe is a single mother to a 4-year-old son. She is also a sexual assault survivor and struggles with mental health issues. She is a Medicaid patient and relies of Planned Parenthood as her primary source of health care for birth control, cancer screenings and annual exams.

She does not know where she is going to go in a year when it’s time to replace her IUD.

This is only the beginning.

Trumpcare has similar language to the Iowa bill, prohibiting patients who rely on Medicaid – nearly half of the millions who rely on Planned Parenthood – from turning to Planned Parenthood for preventive health care like cancer screenings, birth control, well-woman exams or STD testing and treatment.

This bill prohibits patients from coming to Planned Parenthood for health care even if we have been their health care provider for decades, and even if, as is the case for many of our patients, they have no other providers they can turn to.  And unlike other provisions in this bill, the banning patients from coming to Planned Parenthood would go into effect immediately. This means as early as hours after the president signs Trumpcare into law, millions across this country would be told they could no longer come to Planned Parenthood.

Don’t Let This Happen

Call your Senator and tell them you won’t go backward when it comes to women’s health.

Call You Senators Now!


July 5th is quickly approaching, which means that the first rounds of students will soon be able to access their AP Scores.

The College Board receives many questions about the AP exams. Some of the most commonly asked questions are answered below.

Q: Why are AP Exam release dates staggered by geographical location?

A: Our website can only handle so many users at one time. We stagger release dates in order to limit website traffic, and therefore lessen the risk of the site crashing.

Q: What does the College Board do with the money made from AP exams?

A: The College Board uses the money to pay for materials to make the exams, as well as to take care of administrative costs. Excess funds are used for the College Board’s Star Wars Initiative, which will build a full-scale, fully functional Death Star at a cost of approximately $4 quadrillion dollars. At the rates we are currently charging for our tests, we expect to have the project funded completely by next year.

Q: What does the College Board do with the tests once they have been graded?

A: Exams receiving scores of 3, 4, or 5 are burned at our annual College Board bonfire. Exams receiving a score of 1 or 2 are sent to every college in the United States, with a picture of the AP student stapled to the front and the message “Do not admit this student to your institution at any point in time. This student has failed to succeed on a completely irrelevant test that measures nothing more than their ability to memorize- this irrelevant failure means that they must be banned from college forever.”

Q: If I am dissatisfied with my score, can I have my AP exam re-scored?

A: Yes. To do this, you must first sacrifice a goat while chanting “College Board, College Board, I give my life to thee”. You must then stuff the goat’s entrails in an envelope with a $1000 check made out to the College Board; next, send the envelope to the College Board headquarters via direct mail; the address is on the official College Board website. Once received, we will discard the entrails, pretend to re-score your test, and then put your $1000 towards our Star Wars Initiative.


Warning: FLUFF, sexual assault, that’s it i think.

Characters: Sam and Dean Winchester, Sister!Reader Winchester, Castiel

Summary/Request: Hi, i love your work so much! Could you do an imagine where the reader gets attacked by a drunk guy from a bar and her brothers and Cas come to the rescue. FLUFF, lots of FLUFF please. Thank you, keep writing!

Word Count: 1,209

Y/N: your name

Y/N/N: your nickname

After week of researching, kicking, ass, and many bruises finally the hunt was done. You had to say you were kind of proud of yourself, you fought off nearly an entire pack of werewolves almost without a scratch. So with a hunt all done of course you and your brothers went to a old bar to celebrate. It was all going great, until it didn’t.

You and your brothers walked into the dingy bar feeling accomplished and ready for a few glasses of cold beer. Dean walked in front as always inspecting the place for hot women while you and Sam walked behind looking for an empty table to sit. Finally you found an empty booth at the end of the place and sat down, Dean walked over to the bar to order a few beers and some food leaving you and Sam alone.

“Hey, good job back there. You really did kick their asses.” Complemented Sam as he fist bumped you and smiled.

“What can I say Sammy, I learned from the best.” You smirked back at him.

“Aww thanks Y/N/N”

“I meant Dean” You said back jokingly, smirking at him mischievously.

“You little-“

“Beer!” You yelled raising your arms as if you were a child as Dean approached the table with the drinks.

You all grabbed your drinks and began to talk, talk about the hunt, the future hunts, and everything in between until your glasses of beer were out leaving you all wanting more. Suddenly Dean’s phone began to sound so he answered while you and Sam looked at him curiously.

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The Doctor Needs A Fix

Dr. Richard Grimes sits in his professionally decorated office, perusing some paperwork before seeing his last patient for the day.  He stretches long and languidly, looking at the framed degrees, certificates, and acknowledgments, the plaques, the photographs.  All the accomplishments are stellar but his personal life is in shambles.  His divorce was final almost a year ago, his ex-wife is remarried, their son is at odds with his stepfather and wants to live with him but his mother is fighting that with everything she’s got.

A knock on the door breaks his reverie and he grants entrance.  His nurse sticks her head in to inform him that his patient is ready and waiting for him. He accepts the file and looks it over as he makes his way to the examination room.  He notes the red stamp “NEW” on the paperwork and remembers to be sure to have a short consultation with the patient before administering the check-up.

He knocks, awaiting permission to enter.  He hears an affirmative answer and walks inside, closing the door behind him.  He greets his patient, looking up from the folder in his hand.  His eyes connect with a soft brown gaze and he falters for just a moment.  He clears his throat and looks down at the file again.  “Mrs. Anthony….nice to meet you.  I’m Dr. Grimes.”  He extends his hand for a handshake, noticing the warmth of her skin immediately.  “I hope you don’t mind pronouncing your first name for me.  I’d hate to get it wrong.”

“It’s Michonne and it’s Ms. Anthony,” she corrects.

“Thank you.”  He takes the seat at the small desk, using his pen to make notes.  “Are you experiencing any problems or is this just an annual exam?”

“An annual,” she answers readily.  “Hopefully my vitals and such are healthy.”

He looks at the file yet again.  “Yes, everything appears perfect.  Do you have any questions?”

“No.  You came highly recommended,” she informs.

He gives her a nod and a smile, enjoying the lilt of her voice more than he should.  “Well if you’re ready we can get started.”

Imagine Running and Hiding From Bones to Avoid an Exam

Originally posted by fuckyeahteamjones

Prompt: Bones x reader where she’s running/hiding from Bones to avoid her exam

Warnings: None

Word Count: 1289

Author’s Note: Look! I’m writing again! This one is a little on the longer side but I figured it’s ok given the amount of time I’d gone without posting. Enjoy!

You hated your annual medical exams. You were never sick, you were scared of needles and hypos, so your solution was to avoid the check-ups for as long as possible, which was easier said than done when you’re dating the freaking CMO. Every time Bones came into sight you either hid or ran, and since your appointment was scheduled for almost two weeks ago, the two of you hadn’t seen much of each other lately. 

Today you were busy working on something down in engineering with Scotty when you hear the sound of an annoyed southern man call out your name from the platform above you. You take one glance up to see Bones starting to climb down the stairs before bolting again. You hear him sigh and the sound of Scotty laughing as you quickly make your escape out of engineering. You sprint down the hallway, and you grab a doorframe to help swing yourself around the corner. You keep running until you find the entrance to the hangar, and you quickly find a shuttle to hide behind. You watch as Bones runs into the hangar and scans the room.

“C’mon darlin’, it’ll only take a couple minutes!” He calls out, but you stay hidden away. He sighs and runs a hand down his face before beginning to search for you. Suddenly someone taps you on your shoulder and puts their hand over your mouth right as you’re about to scream. You spin around and see Jim behind you, trying to keep himself from laughing.

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Broken Promises - Bones x Reader

Words: 1311
Pairing: Bones x Reader
Warnings: Pregnant Reader, accident, mention of blood

“Attention all crew members, this is Captain Kirk speaking. In about one hour, we will enter the atmosphere of the class M planet Nibiru. Due to some unforeseen weather conditions, we will enter a massive storm immediately which may cause turbulence. The mission will be postponed to tomorrow in order to prevent the volcano from erupting. Please be careful and I want all departments on standby. Kirk out.”

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Today I had my annual physical exam. I’m not a super competitive person but when it comes to my health I strive to be above average. That’s in the back of my mind when I contemplate a salad instead of a bacon double cheeseburger. Each additional slice of pizza and bottle of beer are even considered this way. All in all it works for me as my measurements and lab results have been good for years.

As happens every year I needed blood drawn. I’m not terrified of needles but I flinch. Sometime I sweat a lot. I grip the chair hard enough to turn my knuckles white.

The lab technicians do a fantastic job. The snap of that big rubber band on my arm and the coolness of the alcohol swab over ground zero is what I feel more than their needles. Today I told myself to man up and calmly sit in the chair.

Neither of my favorite two lab techs weren’t there today. They always politely smile and probably roll their eyes when I turn pale as they uncap the needle. This new tech would not realize my progress! Oh well, it’s time to be a big boy anyway.

I sat down, relaxed, and said “ready.”

It hurt!

At the age of 24 I began to ask my doctors if I could be sterilized. Year after year at my annual exam I would state my case – each year unchanged from the previous year. At each visit my physician told me that I was too young, what if I changed my mind? But the reality was that I didn’t change my mind. In fact, my desire to not have children grew and grew with each passing visit.

[…]I had asked for a procedure for six straight years with no break in my desires, opinions, or beliefs. Why did the medical community continue to deny me of my personal right to sterilization? I attempted to argue with her, citing examples of several men who were allowed vasectomies at the age of 21, but she wouldn’t budge. My anger was fueled by such blatant sexism. What is the difference from an adult man deciding he doesn’t want to procreate and an adult woman making the same choice? Why can’t I be the one to decide what’s best for my life? And why, with the advancements in healthcare and women’s rights issues, were women still being forced into conforming to the societal definition of how women should conduct their lives? Society has begun to recognize how the stereotypical nuclear family ideals are outdated, yet at the same time these ideals are perpetually imposed – harming those who choose to live outside of this box.
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Summary: After an attack on the outskirts of Insomnia, they find him. Sitting among the other fallen MTs, Prompto is found, beaten, bloodied, and bruised. Taken back to the Royal Citadel Infirmary, it’s not long before Noctis finds him, sitting alone by the window and…he gets it, because he was once hurt too. 

Characters: Noctis, Prompto, Regis

Warnings: None

Words: 3733

Special thanks to @marmolita for the early read!


They find him on the outskirts of Leide, just a few miles from Insomnia’s gate.

Beaten, bruised, bloodied.

Surrounded by a few dozen fallen MTs, their armor smoking, limbs twisted and broken. All of them broken–except one boy, who sits on the edge of the carnage, eyes wide and pale as the moon. He wears the same armor, the same helmet as the others, only his lies on its side next to him.

Cor, arriving with the other Crownsguard, tells him not to move, stay where he is.

The boy doesn’t move. The Crownsguard unit sifts through the other MTs, searching for hostile survivors and well, any sort of survivors. He doesn’t move as his gun is kicked out of reach, or as Cor bends to meet his eyes.

“What is your name?”

Cor is certain the boy doesn’t actually see the Marshall, or any of them. Only the fallen MTs. The battle in replay, maybe. Definitely the piercing shrieks the MTs release when killed. Cor knows, has heard them enough himself, late at night.

But the boy opens his mouth, and the word that spills from his throat is gravel. Mechanical. “NH-01987.” There’s nothing in his eyes as he says it.

This is definitely above Cor’s pay grade. Whatever experiments the Empire conducted that brought this boy here well, Cor isn’t sure he wants to know. But he calls for a medic unit and the boy doesn’t say any anything or resist.

Cor stays with him, a reassuring hand on his shoulder.

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I had my annual language exam today, my very last one ever, and at over 2 and a half years without any refresher courses… I got the very best score I’ve ever gotten on it! :D

So I hope that you sweet cakes are all having at least as nice a day as I am, if not better, and that you all get some good news. ♡♡♡

The "Open When..." Letters Big/Little Edition

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If you haven’t heard of the “Open when…” letters, you probably have an idea of what they are now by the picture above. To explain in more detail, the “Open When…” letters are simply love letters that you write and give to someone special all at once and they open the letters when they feel they meet one of the requirements. This is common in LDRs (long distant relationships) but I think this can fit into Big/Little relationships in a variety of ways: a big who is graduating can give this to their little at pass downs, great gift for during big/little week, or even as a spontaneous gift. It doesn’t have to be just between big and little either, it’s a great gift idea for any sister you have a close relationship with: twins, g-big, PSBF, etc! SO here is my list of “Open when…” ideas, the sorority edition

Open When…

  1. … You first receive these letters (NOW)
  2. …  you miss me a little
  3. …  you miss me a lot
  4. … we haven’t spoken in a while
  5. …  you feel like giving up
  6. …  you need a hug
  7. …  you feel like crying
  8. …  you are crying
  9. …  you’re having a bad day
  10. …  you’re stressed out
  11. …  you need to know why I love you
  12. …  you need some motivation
  13. …  you feel out of place
  14. … you want to know more about me
  15. … you can’t sleep
  16. … we argue and it’s my fault
  17. … we argue and it’s you’re fault
  18. … I’m being moody, stubborn, or all of the above
  19. … you’re sick
  20. … you want to buy me a gift but don’t know what to get
  21. … you’re grumpy
  22. … you’re nervous
  23. … it’s finals week
  24. … I graduate
  25. … you graduate
  26. … you need to laugh
  27. … you need a walk down memory lane
  28. … you need to rant
  29. … you’re feeling silly
  30. … it’s raining out
  31. … it’s sunny
  32. … you don’t feel appreciated
  33. … when you don’t want to study
  34. … when you want to talk to me but I’m busy
  35. … you want to know a secret
  36. … you feel like breaking the rules
  37. … you feel like crafting
  38. … you take a little
  39. … your little takes a little
  40. … if you get a twin
  41. … if you don’t get a twin
  42. … you want to be alone
  43. … you’re mad at me
  44. … you need a new TV show to watch
  45. … it’s your birthday
  46. … it’s christmas
  47. … you are bored
  48. … you turn 21
  49. … whenever you want
  50. … you’re feeling lucky
  51. … you’re about to make my paddle
  52. … you’re about to make our matching letters
  53. … you’re snowed in
  54. … you’re broke
  55. … you want to know the moment I wanted you to be my Little
  56. … you are coming to see me
  57. … it’s that time of the month
  58. … you’re going to a party
  59. … you’re the DD
  60. … we’ve had a ritual
  61. … we’ve had a mixer
  62. … you’ve been on the other side of recruitment
  63. … you take a position within the sorority (or Panhellenic) 
  64. … it’s Greek Week
  65. … it’s your big reveal anniversary
  66. … on the first day of recruitment
  67. … It’s Bid Day!!
  68. … On November 4th (Founder’s Day)
  69. … It’s time for the annual exam
  70. … Pandora sucks!/You feel like dancing

These are just some ideas! Be sure to get creative not only with the content but with they way you package the letters! Make the topics personal! I just started working on these for my little so I can give them to her when we get back from summer break. Comment below some other “Open when..” topics you can think of so others can see & feel free to ask me about what I’m going to put in my letters if you need some inspiration! 

Hunting X For X Bruises Chap. 4

Here’s the prologue! 

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I now present chapter four!
Sorry this one isn’t very long, but it was fun to write!
Since it’s so short, I might try to finish chapter 5 in time to post tonight!
If not… I apologize in advance!
Please don’t be afraid to leave a little response telling me what you think so far!! I’ve enjoyed the feedback I’ve received so far! If you any questions about the fic or you’d like to just leave a comment, I would absolutely love it! Thank you for all the support so far! 

I hope you continue to enjoy this fan fiction!

I know I’ve been enjoying the writing process!

Rate: T 

Words: 782 

Summary:  An AU where the bruises and cuts of a soulmate appear on the skin. Gon becomes increasingly worried about his soulmate as he gets tattooed with new marks everyday, and hopes to find the person soon. Killua, on the other hand, has been brainwashed by his family to believe that the spots on his skin are a curse from the person who plans to target and kill him, as they believe learning about a soulmate would make him soft during jobs.

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