*Sigh* Today my mom took in my 4 year old chihauhau/terrier mix to the vet because of a sore on her tummy and she looked to be in need of a teeth cleaning. The vet prescribed antibiotics for the sore and gave her a head cone. She also said that her teeth weren't too bad, but she would need to take x-rays to determine if she needed a cleaning. Then she said that the x-rays and teeth cleaning would cost around $450! The worst part about it she was pre-diagnosed with hip dysplasia. She said she could here her hips popping, which means she would eventually come down with it. Honestly, this is my parents fault. They bought her from a pet store when I was in 5th grade. I thought she was just any other adorable puppy, but in truth she came from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. I have no doubt that genetics are the reason behind this. She also said that she had a heart murmer, which could be a sighn of heart worms. The vet was also pressuring my mom to put her on heart worm prevention and to give her a Parvo shot. I find the Parvo shot unnecessary since we live in the country and she never meets other dogs face-to-face. I am still unsure about heart worm pills though. I have heard that it can really break down your dog's immune system. Do you give it to your dog? This is all a lot to process right now,especially since she is only four years old and seems perfectly healthy.