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Old 07-17-2012, 03:51 PM
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Our 14yo cat was looking a little worn lately so my wife took him to the vet for a Check up. The dr examined Mako and said nothing looked or seemed wrong aside for some weight loss, but took blood just to be sure. The cost for this 5 minute visit was $236. Am I crazy thinking this is too much? I don't begrudge anyone for making $$ but 5 minutes??
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:57 PM
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All I can say, is the fees vets charge is ASTRONOMICAL!!!! Been there......its outrageous!! I don't go anymore..... they do tests without asking....quoting....You think its gonna be 50 bucks, you come out with pills, blood tests, and your pet will die if you don't come back sort of talk......grrr...
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
Our 14yo cat was looking a little worn lately so my wife took him to the vet for a Check up. The dr examined Mako and said nothing looked or seemed wrong aside for some weight loss, but took blood just to be sure. The cost for this 5 minute visit was $236. Am I crazy thinking this is too much? I don't begrudge anyone for making $$ but 5 minutes??
Considering my brother spent 15K, yes 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS in 9 days on one of his Labs I'd say you got off pretty easy
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:15 PM
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Considering my brother spent 15K, yes 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS in 9 days on one of his Labs I'd say you got off pretty easy

I am sorry you said $15K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoa!
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:19 PM
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I could tell you stories about Oradell Animal Hospital that would make you want to vomit. Suffice it to say... horrible.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:19 PM
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Vets are really expensive, but the only thing I can say is find the vet you like and pay HIM/HER the really high price.

I didn't mind paying if I though our family member was being taken care of, but if I didn't like what was going on the money would burn me up.

Wife's cat got bit by neighbors dog, 3K....for a cat no less.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:20 PM
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The admiral never makes it out of the vet for less than several hundred. ER vet bills have run several thousand. I hate the vet.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:24 PM
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The blood lab work is expensive. My vet charges $ 50 for a visit. I was just there and he said my visit was no charge and he gave me free antibiotics. I love my vet!

I also have VPI pet insurance. My last dog had cancer and the bill was over $5000 dollars. All I paid was $500.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by littletunny View Post
I am sorry you said $15K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoa!
Both knees where done, complications from one of the drugs gave the poor dog a huge ulcer, which in turn lead to more surgery 5 days at Penn intensive care add's up really fast.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:42 PM
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Vets prey on the love people have for their pet's. Buy pet insurance, it will cover a major part of the bills for really bad things. Other than that it is a bitch that dogs and cats die in such a short time. I love my dog but I know the day will come for her as well as myself. It does not take that much study to become familiar with the problems that the average cat comes across. Antibiotics are available in feed supply stores and unless it is an operation that is needed most things can be handled. Insurance is a must if you haven't got it in you.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:43 PM
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I spent $7K in three days only to told he will be lucky if he makes it through the week. He died/put him down the next day. After all the sad days passed I really felt that they took advantage of a bad situation to make alot of money off of me.

I am strongly considering pet insurance on the newest member of the family. I do not want to go through that again.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
Considering my brother spent 15K, yes 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS in 9 days on one of his Labs I'd say you got off pretty easy
One of my neighbors is over $30K (can't afford it) and someone else I know of hit $30K. Really. Both on dogs.

There seems to have been a dramatic uptick in the cost of vets in the last handful of years.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:16 PM
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Golden Retriever = Hot spots = $300 2-3 times a year. Usually not there longer than 20 minutes.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:18 PM
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My dog got better cancer treatment than most people do. MRI's, PET scans (no pun intended). Emergency surgery and a private intensive care room. In Orlando we have a world renowned urgent care facility. Iditarod racers bring their dogs from Alaska to get treatment here. Pet insurance is mandatory and it costs so little.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
Vets are really expensive, but the only thing I can say is find the vet you like and pay HIM/HER the really high price.

I didn't mind paying if I though our family member was being taken care of, but if I didn't like what was going on the money would burn me up.

Wife's cat got bit by neighbors dog, 3K....for a cat no less.


I'm sorry, but that cat would DIE!
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:10 PM
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I love my vet. He is right down the street, charges very fair prices for his services, does surgeries in house, and is a very kind person to you and your pet.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by GILL'EM View Post
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I'm sorry, but that cat would DIE!
You must be single?
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:49 AM
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I spent a grand recently because my Weimeraner's stomach flipped. Actually was in the process of flipping. They did an x-ray. Saw what it was. Stuck a needle in him to drain him like a basketball, then pumped his stomach. He then had to stay overnight, in ICU no less, isolated from all other animals. I was upset at the cost, but figured I'd be more upset had he died. Vet told me if they had to do surgery, which was possible, I was looking at almost 5,000. I might be dog less if that would have happened.

Not to derail, where do you guys get pet insurance from and how much does it cost ya?

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Old 07-18-2012, 04:50 AM
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We have used the same vet facility for 38 years. It is in what is now a blue collar area and on it's 3rd vet. I'm 51 and I actually worked there when I was a teen. It is not in the hood by any means and it was a white collar neighborhood when I was younger. There is nothing plush about the place and their prices are reasonable. They know their clients don't have thousands to pluck down on care so they tend to be straight-up on when it makes sense to proceed with treatment and when it is time to stop. This also helps when it comes time to make "the decision" which we have had to make twice in the last 5 years.

Moral of the story is don't use a vet in a high income area with a plush facility.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:02 AM
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As Mike said above, find one you like and pay them the price they ask. We're in the boonies and have one of those country vets that really takes care of our 2 labs. An xray, bandage and splint on a broken toe for my youngest lab cost us a whopping $100 a few years ago. Broken toe on a lab?....don't ask.
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