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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-20-2009, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Do you ever feel like your vet is taking you to the cleaners? I just got back with Minnie, who has the start of an ear infection, and the office visit plus the 15ml bottle of drops cost us $107. I was blown away. I mean, 10 minutes and a tiny bottle of drops. Wow. I really like this vet, but I don't know if we can continue to afford him at these rates. I also inquired about getting her spayed and it would cost $325! Wow. I mean, I know it's internal surgery and everything, but that's a huge chunk of change.

Ok, just had to get that out. We're checking into other vets in the area.

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Re: taken to the cleaners...

What is your area? You might get some recommendations from the group here.

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Check outside your area also. Our vet is expensive but they are also the only 24 hour animal hospital in the area. If I go about 2 hours the cost of half at another vet.




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Re: taken to the cleaners...

We are kind of limited in this area - we're an hour outside of Houston with nothing in between.

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Re: taken to the cleaners...

The only problem is at some point when you are traveling long distances, the vet cost vs the gas/time cost will probably end up being the same.

$107 seems like a lot. We pay less than that for an office visit, shots, nail clipping, 6 mos of heart worm and a small bottle of otomax.

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Re: taken to the cleaners...

An office visit is $54.00. I've thought of shopping around, but my vet is close to home and I like them. My vet is also associated with the emergency after hours clinic and if I ever need to take them in after hours I will be charged his rate not the more expensive emergency rate. I have had to use this once.

I also like knowing that thie history of my pets are in one place and the vet has access to this.

A friend of mine will drive way out of her way to save $10.00 on vet fees. She spends a lot of time phoning vets for their pricing.

Some of the vet bills that I've seen posted here are really cheap.
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Yep, any visit to my old vet was $100+,for exam plus medication.

I have a new vet now. It's amazing how much cheaper they are, plus holistic.
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Re: taken to the cleaners...

my vet visit is 30.00... then all the extras add up on top.

If you really like your vet talk to him/her about working out a reduced cost. Knowing they have a patient for life may be worth it to them to work out the fees. Cant hurt to ask

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Originally Posted By: MaryWAn office visit is $54.00. I've thought of shopping around, but my vet is close to home and I like them. My vet is also associated with the emergency after hours clinic and if I ever need to take them in after hours I will be charged his rate not the more expensive emergency rate. I have had to use this once.

I also like knowing that thie history of my pets are in one place and the vet has access to this.

A friend of mine will drive way out of her way to save $10.00 on vet fees. She spends a lot of time phoning vets for their pricing.

Some of the vet bills that I've seen posted here are really cheap.
Ditto this. That's why I stay with my vet.




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Re: taken to the cleaners...

Bella spay was $300 last november, had them microschip at the same time that cost $42.50. I think the spay rate is normal. They also cleaned her ears and cut her nails while she was under for free.

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