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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:01 pm 
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I'm going to slay you all with this information: The on-post vet visits at Fort Campbell were $7. And then they dropped the visit fee all together and you only had to pay for shots/meds (they only did preventative medicine though, no surgeries, so I had to take Bonny to another vet to get fixed). The off-post vet there was $30, and I only had to go there a few times but I took Chester in for a torn dew claw and they bandaged him up and didn't charge me a dime. Moving to Springfield and going from paying practically nothing for vet visits and then Chester's liver issues and oh my goddddd so much money.

And i'm not going to rehash my problems with my vet, but I think the base visit charge was up to $47.50, and i'm pretty sure they've raised their prices three or four times in the past few years even though the practice itself was really small and out-of-date, so I did feel robbed. If you're going to keep raising prices, make improvements here (even though I know i'm just paying for their newer, fancier clinic on the other side of town).

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So both my dogs went to the vet today and this visit is one of their highest costing visits of the year.

Vaccines for both (including 3 years rabies for 1), checkup for 1, (other had checkup mid year), fecal float test for 1, heart worm test for both, enzyme solution for teeth (1 dog is starting to look a little rough), and ear infection medicine for 1 (we didn't notice but looks like he had the start of an ear infection) cost $440.

And... my husband forgot to buy the heart worm medication which would've been another $60. So we'll need to go this week for it.

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ugh. just ugh. :-(

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:25 pm 
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Reviving this thread because I just called our new vet to schedule a teeth cleaning for my dog and they quoted $750-1100. That's crazy, right? He's 6 and a chihuahua mix and that's all they know about him but they said they have to do radio-something or other to check for missing (I'm guessing stuck in the gums) teeth?? And maybe extractions?? But there's no indication he needs this. It's only his very rear molars that even have visible plaque so I don't get it.

Our last vet charged $500 for a cleaning. When I talked to our new vet about a cleaning this year I was quoted about the same and now they're saying something way different. I'm already annoyed because after leaving like 4 messages to make an appt they never called me back and I had to complain to the front desk to even get someone to talk to me.

So what do you guys think? Should I check out other vets? Does this sound scammy? I love my pup and want him to get the best care, but damn. I barely have $500, let alone over $1000. My dads companion animal just died so I'm feeling really raw and and this close to putting it on my credit card because I don't know...I feel worried? I don't want to let pain gt in the way of common sense though.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:52 pm 
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How did you choose this new vet? It sounds like you're not happy even aside from this estimate, so interviewing other vets couldn't hurt. I just have cats, but I've never had a cleaning work out to less than $600 because of blood tests and heart monitors, etc. And when extractions factor in, it's usually a lot more. But they always give me a wide-ranging estimate to cover the worst case scenario, and it does sound like that's what this vet may be doing for you?

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When Chester got his teeth cleaned a few years ago, it was during a monthly special that was $200. When I signed up for it at an earlier appointment, the doctor checked his mouth and said it looked like one needed to be pulled (which I figured because of how he was eating), and I can't remember the price but she told me one extraction was X, two was Y, and then if it's three or more it's a flat rate and they would call me to get permission before pulling anything. And she did and he ended up getting like, six teeth pulled (and he was missing two when I got him). I want to say the flat rate was $150? So it was less than $400 total, he also got some pain pills but I don't think they were that much.

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 Post subject: Re: vet costs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:06 pm 
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couroupita wrote:
Reviving this thread because I just called our new vet to schedule a teeth cleaning for my dog and they quoted $750-1100. That's crazy, right? He's 6 and a chihuahua mix and that's all they know about him but they said they have to do radio-something or other to check for missing (I'm guessing stuck in the gums) teeth?? And maybe extractions?? But there's no indication he needs this. It's only his very rear molars that even have visible plaque so I don't get it.

I'm guessing they said radiographs (x-rays). A lot of vets do dental x-rays now, just like human dentists. I's not totally necessary, unless they think there is a problem and he might need teeth pulled/further surgery. So you could discuss your financial constraints and find out what they think is absolutely necessary vs. what are "extras". Your dog should have a complete blood profile done before a cleaning (to make sure he is healthy enough to go under anesthesia), and that usually costs around $200 at my vet. Prices for actual cleanings vary, so you may want to check around and see if other vets have lower prices. $1,000 for a cleaning + bloodwork is what the local full-service 24 hr clinic here charges, but my own smaller vet is a few hundred cheaper.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:08 pm 
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holy crikey!

i think cleanings are usually in the $200+ range depending on the size of the dog so for a chihauha it shouldnt be much more.
yes the xrays will jack the price up but if you dont feel you want/need them see if you can get a quote for just cleaning.

i know my regular vet just got a dental xray machine this summer so i think it's becoming more common. maybe they just want to use their toy.

this past summer one of my dogs needed an abscessed tooth extracted and he needed xrays, etc and he got a cleaning too since he was already going to be knocked out and i cant remember exactly how much but i think it was in the $2k range for everything and we had to take him to a specialty dental vet because it was a few weeks before our regular vet was getting their xray machine and we were under the gun timewise because we were leaving for vacation and needed him to heal before we boarded him. our regular vet said it would have been cheaper with them if we were able to wait and that going to the specialist jacked up the price but we had no choice at the time.

also February is dog dental health month (or maybe pet dental health month?) and a lot of places do a discount during feb so maybe you should shop around? our vet usually does 10% off cleanings in feb though i dont think they did that this year.

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 Post subject: Re: vet costs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:23 pm 
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Man, I am feeling all sorts of love for our awesome vet. We just got Cooper's teeth cleaned, and they removed and tested two tumors while he was under, and it was about $350. And they charged nothing for the followup, even though they had to remove fluid and we were there for over an hour. And two years ago, he went through a four hour surgery for a bowel obstruction, and that with x-rays and several overnight stays was about $800. And ours isn't even a discount or nonprofit vet.

In short, I agree with shopping around!

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 Post subject: Re: vet costs
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:46 pm 
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The problem is, if you're calling asking for a price quote, the receptionists can only quote what's in the computer, and those quotes typically include every single thing, whereas what the actual vet told you could only be a fraction of the same services based on what they've seen on your dog. For my 10 year old chi, my cleaning quote from a vet in my area was about 500 taxes in but not including blood. You can always deny X-rays.

It's hard to come online and ask for price comparisons because prices from area to area vary so much due to location rentals and insurance premiums. It's always best to get the quote from the vet itself, but if you call around for quotes without exams the basic price may be way, way off. A tooth one vet feels will need to be removed may not fall under the radar of another vet. Dentils are much less a science than an art.

I agree with an above commenter - it doesn't sound like you love the clinic you are with and all the more reason to call around. Plus February is pet dental health month so some clinics have incentives. But I can say that in my area, $500 taxes in for a small dog cleaning and extraction is very reasonable as other clinics 10 minutes away but in a pricier part of town quote upward of $300 more.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:29 pm 
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I do know prices vary by region, I was just so shocked to hear it was going to be double or triple what we had budgeted for (and paid at our last teeth cleaning 2 years ago). Being completely ignorant about vet procedures it sort of irks me that all the extras were included in the price without them actually letting me know they're extras (in fact, making them seem *essential*). It seems dishonest. We usually love this clinic and they had been pretty reasonable. It looks like they're getting a lot of negative yelp reviews lately, so I'm not the only one who seems to be unhappy. I think you guys are right and it's probably time for us to move on again.

Anyway, after doing a little research it sounds like this area is just really varied wrt cost and it doesn't necessarily correlate to quality. I wish this stuff was more standardized. For example, our vet charges $150 for a blood panel and other places I called today charge half that. Same for an office visit. Go figure. I got a vet recommendation from a co-worker today and they have great online reviews so hopefully we like them! Their base price for a cleaning is $350, including blood work and an office visit. Hopefully he doesn't need any extractions, etc., but at least we will be able to afford them at this place.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:04 pm 
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Most places should be able to give you a quote with a service by service breakdown. Some places will word things slightly differently and may lump two services together (say, blood pressure monitoring and having an iv set up during surgery... Not required but recommended). Some places will give you only a bare bones quote with the extras sprung on you at the last minute, others will give you a much higher quote with everything that's recommended but optional, and they should be able to highlight what those items are.

There are guidelines for what vets should charge from area to area (at least, there are in Canada) but they are pretty loose guidelines that are, again, recommendations. You said you called around for quotes on blood panels, some places that have cheaper fees for the actual bloods will charge you extra to draw the blood but not warn you about that price! The clinic I worked for had a charge to draw blood (incentive for you to do as many blood tests as possible at once instead of spreading them over the year) and one of the vets charged a technician this fee, even when she drew the blood on her own dog!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:54 pm 
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Ugh. My cats have had cleanings twice and both times the quote was way off due to unexpected extractions. I think shopping around is a smart idea.


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Glad this was revived since things have changed in our house. I've been taking our 3 dogs and 6 cats to three different vets. Turns out you don't have to be stuck with just one vet. They're all in competition with one another so if one has a better price on something they need, like shots, my pets go there. I just have to keep up with the paperwork of who got what and when and where. Which isn't a problem. One of my dogs needed a rabies shot update and one vet was $20 and the other one was $10. So we just went with the $10 one. And I've discovered that flea drops are cheaper if you buy online. I got some $80 flea drops for $40 at an online place called Entirely Pets. So shop around. Oh, and a $32 bottle of ear drops I got at the vets, I also bought online for $8.00. They definitely raise their prices too high if they think they can get away with it.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:49 pm 
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Something I've been forgetting to mention. You can buy at tractor supply places or feed stores something called 7 Way for adult dogs or 5 Way for pups. Our vet is ok with us using them as long as we keep a record of it and let them know that our dogs have had their yearly vaccinations.

7 Way: Each 7-way shot contains vaccinations against canine parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus type 2, hepatitis, parainfluenza and 2-leptospirosis. The 7-way shot offers the strongest protection for a dog.

There's also Kennel cough for dogs available at these places. Both the 7 Way and Kennel Cough here were $6.99 each. We buy three for our dogs every year. The 7 Way is a shot so we have a nurse friend give the shots to our dogs. I think the Kennel cough is a drop that is given through the nose.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Took my cat to the vet today. Actual check up and blood work cost was pretty good ($216 with a blood panel and a rabies vax). Except she needs a dental, and the quote is $750. FML. She's of course going to have one (two of her teeth have cavities, my poor baby), but dear Lard. Why the hell due teeth extractions cost $110 a piece?!!


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Wow, last time I had a cat have extractions (2009 or 2010?) they were $5 each! Or maybe $10?Anyway,a fraction of that. I went to the Humane Society vet clinic. Even with senior bloodwork, extractions and an echocardiogram the bill was less than $250.

We do our dog vaccinations at Luv My Pet at Petco and they cost around $60 for everything including bordatella.

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Gah, that's how it should be! Even like $50 makes sense to me. But $110?!? The only good news (I guess?) is that she'll likely need more than two (they said maybe four, I feel so bad!), so in that case we'll just be charged a flat fee of $258. Still ridiculously expensive, but a hell of a lot cheaper than $440 in extractions alone.

And I just checked the local humane society, and they only offer cheap microshiping and spay/neutering services to the general public.


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Simply_Love wrote:
Took my cat to the vet today. Actual check up and blood work cost was pretty good ($216 with a blood panel and a rabies vax). Except she needs a dental, and the quote is $750. FML. She's of course going to have one (two of her teeth have cavities, my poor baby), but dear Lard. Why the hell due teeth extractions cost $110 a piece?!!


A few years ago I had a cat that had to get several extractions and it was around $600, yikes!

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i wanted to drop in and say we get julie's heartworm medication (generic) and Frontline Plus on petshed.com and it's a lot cheaper than the vet's office.

teeth cleaning and extractions have gotten pretty darn exspensive these days. i believe january or february is "national pet dental month" and they're lower in cost then.


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I just wish they didn't charge for every little thing with dentals. The base charge at my clinic is like $250, and includes any fluids, anesthesia, ect. needed during the procedure, and this makes total sense to me and is definitely a reasonable price. I feel like it's a bit silly to charge extra for extractions. Isn't all they're doing is pulling the tooth out? Does that really need to be an extra $100+? It takes like 2 seconds!

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I got lucky in that my vet cleaned my dogs teeth free when she had ear surgery. She didn't need extractions so that helped.

The vet the rescue uses also does this plus we get a HUGE discount (My cat Daisy was their for 335 days and her bill was less than $3000-still a lot but considering how many tests etc plus just daily hospitalization fees, it was cheap.)

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I'm in the UK and pet insurance is pretty standard here (a lady at the doggy playgroup I organise is from the US (Tennessee I think) and told me it's not that common where she is from?)

Our pup recently had a stay in the emergency vets because she had a fever and couldn't walk. It cost just under £600 ($894) for less than 24 hours in there, including a fluid/antibiotic IV and a blood & urine test (I didn't even want to ask how they got the urine sample).

I thought that was pretty mega expensive, but our insurance paid for all except £75 ($112) of it, and our insurance costs around £16 ($24) a month and it covers up to £7500/$11174 for each 'new' condition.

A regular vet checkup (just to have the appointment) costs around £28/$42 which I think is pretty standard over here, though there are vets subsidised by charities that offer low prices (including free spay/neuter) to people on low incomes.

Sadly we don't have a pet NHS yet, but the insurance covers us pretty well!

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ugh, ab needs two teeth extracted. the vet gave me a $900 estimate, plus an additional $300 because they want to give her an echocardiogram before the extraction. she has a slight murmur due to hyperthyroidism and they want to know exactly what the deal is with her heart before giving her anesthesia

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