Cost of veterinary care too high?

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by skittledoo, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    I think prices are reasonable but I am also in the camp of, some of that money is going into my paycheck.... sooo if prices are too low, then maybe I don't get paid as much.

    Where I work, our exam fees are $60, but we are an AAHA accredited hospital in the "richer" area of a large suburb. Most of our services are pricier than what I would want to pay, and pricier than what some of the clinics in my city charge. Is it worth it though, yes, I know the standard of care where I work is excellent, so you're "getting what you pay for."

    So no, it's not cheap, but I don't think it's unreasonably so.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    The vet I take mine too is in a more well to do area of the town/city they're in, but I pay about 40 for an exam, Knox's ear check was like, 119 for the swab to see what it was, the exam, two different meds and I think that was it. When I checked the sheet, the most expensive thing was actually the ear wash I specifically asked for :p

    Enzo and Ozzy can go in for the works and we can walk out under 350. Thats a hw test, fecal, wellness exam, hw and flea meds and sometimes vaccines. So I'd say they're pretty reasonable for me. And they dont charge two exam fees when I bring Oz and Zo together, even if they both get a thorough going over.
     
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    Which vet do you see? You can PM/text me if you'd like.
     
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    My vet charges $55 to just have a look which seems about the average in the area. I've found cheaper, but I don't like many of those vets.

    Most recently Pit requires visits to a couple specialists to deal with what he's got kicking around healthwise at the moment. The fee to just talk to these guys is $165, nevermind the cost of any actual work that they decide to do on him. Oi.
     
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    I pay $45 for the exam. It's on the more expensive side, but there are 4 vets in the practice (3 of whom I love, and I have not seen the 4th, but assume she's good, too), they are open 7 days a week, until 11pm, and I don't have to hear nagging about feeding raw or not wanting to vaccinate every year. So worth it.

    Side note- the cute vet about had a heart attack when he read Gambit's file and found out how many times he had been vaccinated as a puppy (6 :yikes:). He said he doesn't want to see him vaccinated for at least 3 more years. And did I mention the man is cute? Sigh.

    I just had a dental done on Lady Chesh, which was all teeth cleaned and sealed, and 3 extractions (including a canine- what do you do about a cat that is so stupid she regularly runs into walls), which was $275. I don't think that thats unreasonable.
     
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    I think our "walk in the door" fee is 40 something dollars, but I'm honestly not sure...just basing that off of how much it cost for me to bring my gerbil. I'll have to check a bill when I go home. I know Willie's neuter was a little over $200 (he's a cat) but that was like 6 years ago.
     
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    I’m pretty sure nothing under $100.00
    Last week I took Domino, to have a limp checked out and that cost me $136.00 total, and she gave me a break because she knows my brother.

    Pretty insane, surgery is even more insane. My co-worker’s Mastiff had to have two ACL repaired 6 months apart to a tune of $10,000.00
     
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    MY vet charges $40 for an office visit. He only charges $160 for OFA Hips/Elbows. I'd say he is resoanable!
     
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    I found a bump on Bamm's back that's about the size of a dime around and raised up about a half inch. It's a new bump so I've been debating taking him in to get it looked at. I'm checking it every day to see if it grows at all, but now that I know its there I just can't stop obsessing over it and I really want to get it checked out, but don't know that I will have the extra money until after rent is paid for next month. I'm not looking forward to how much it's probably going to cost me.
     
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    Absolutely Not!!! Most people dont have insurance for their pet, and there are no "low income" programs to help people with vet care like there is for human medicine. When I look at my hospital/doctor fees I get Shocked when someone is going to complain about vet fees! Alot of people have never been without health insurance or had to pay out of pocket for things. When you have, you realize how expensive things are. Vets are so cheap in compairison. People shouldnt expect to get their animal care for free or less then 100$. Vets are a "jack of all trades" too. When was the last time your GP doctor did surgery or dental work? Sorry but its a real soapbox for me when people complain about the cost of vets. Suppliers and drug companies dont give them all their stuff for free. Taxes dont get waved, electrical bills dont get waved, etc just because we heal animals.
     
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    I think that's a big part of it. I hear constantly "I don't pay this much to see the doctor myself." Uh, you would if you didn't have insurance!
     
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    Actually, that fee pays for all the scales, pays the electricity bill and other bills, pays the salaries of all the vet techs, vet assistants, and/or office management personnel, malpractice insurance, liability insurance, and for all the other "goodies" that vet clinics like to have.

    Vet fees vary greatly on the area in which one lives as well as whether that vet owns his/her own practice or whether he/she is a part of a large clinic with other vets.

    That's the great thing about owning a dog and needing a vet. You can pick and chose whomever you'd like.
     
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    A good example of how a $90 office charge enables a clinic to keep it's doors open between typical clinc hourse, how they can pay to have a vet in-house during those hourse, how they can pay to have the other staff there, and how they can pay their bills to continue to keep it open.

    I think people equate a $150 vet bill as the vet gladly cashing and keeping that $150 check. That is NOT how it goes.
     

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