Thursday, January 3, 2013

Monthly Expenses: December 2012

Happy New Year!

It's been a whole year since I've been tracking my pet expenses. Though it's shocking to see the amount spent every time I make these "Monthly Expenses" posts, it's been very beneficial to know where the money went and help budget for the future. I will keep doing this monthly and hopefully the numbers will be much smaller this year.

Let's see what we got for the last month of 2012...

December 2012
  • Food: $5
  • Supplements: $25
  • Accessories: $15
TOTAL: $45
YTD TOTAL: $6,285


Didn't spend much on this category this month, since Maya's still working on her big box of Zeal we got in November. She's been doing good on it and it's easier to prepare when we have another dog around or when she's staying at our friends'. All we got were some canned and frozen sardine this month.


The supplements we got this month were all from Taiwan. I got a bottle of "Dan Gui Yin Zi" (當歸飲子) to help with Maya's allergies. It was suggested by a friend who studied Chinese Medicine. It kind of combines "Si Wu Tang" and "Xiao Feng San", which Maya were both taking previously. Thanks to my mom, who bought this for me at a Chinese Medicine shop just a block away from my parents'.

I also got Maya a bottle of QBow Chinese Herbal Spray (赫蓓司舒緩噴劑) for pets.  It's made of Chinese Medicine that helps reduce itchiness. Because of it's bitter taste, it can also be used to prevent chewing. I hope this can help stop Maya from licking/chewing on her own feet.

While I was shopping at the drug store in Taiwan, I found a bottle of Mentholatum AD Cream. It is made in Japan and just recently imported to Taiwan. I knew about it because it was popular among moms who have kids suffering from skin problems. It's gentle formula works well for babies, so I guess it should work fine for dogs as well. However, since I've been using it for my own insect bites and dry skin, I did not add the cost to the pet expenses.


The last thing we got is also from Taiwan. It's a bottle cap that can be screwed on to any water bottle and the entire thing can be attached to a crate. It wasn't something necessary needed, but we wandered into a pet section of a shop and got it mostly because we missed Maya too much. If we ever need to crate Maya for a longer period of time, especially when traveling, it'll work much nicer than the bowl we attach to her crate now. We can also bring it with us on hikes, since the cap is removable for the base. Well, that was the plan, but besides the one time a put in some milk, so far Maya refused to drink from it, even after a long hike. She somehow got very particular about her water and wouldn't drink from most containers or when we are outdoors. Ah, Shibas!

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