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Do Vets charge too much?

Sister Jean 2011/11/24 22:23:03
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  • Sylvia Ross 2012/07/11 00:35:07
    yes
    Sylvia Ross
    +1
    My 11-year-old female dog was recently hit by a speeding mail carrier. Her left rear leg was broken in two. The first vet I took her to told me they would have to put her down. I said NO, so they referred me to a veterinarian that specialized in emergency surgery. This vet then offered me either: the option of paying $1000 up front to do the emergency surgery - with no option of making payments - then another $1000 if the surgery was "successful"; or having to put her down. Needless to say, I was shocked. I mean, I thought that veterinary medicine had advanced a little further than the Dark Ages. Of course, this is Alabama: a third world country. I'm poor, so I had to have her put down. Now I'm on a crusade to get legislation passed which would not only regulate how much vets are able to charge, but would also prevent vets from murdering animals right and left, especially if there is even one chance in a billion that an animal would be saved with surgery. On a related matter, I'm also campaigning to amend our leash laws so that they only apply to animals who are a danger to the neighborhood, thus allowing for the prosecution of people who kill or maim an animal while breaking traffic laws and also people who kill or maim animals who "trespass" on their property. The "trespassing" pet's owner should receive a warning first, then a ticket after the warning, but the animal should never be punished for its owner's carelessness.
  • redroses 2011/11/26 09:35:14
    Undecided
    redroses
    +1
    For somethings.
  • misterz 2011/11/25 17:56:04
    nay
    misterz
    +1
    Cost of school, insurance, overhead, CEU's, and as far as I know, their patients can't tell them what hurts.
  • Sister ... misterz 2011/11/25 20:21:04
    Sister Jean
    +1
    many giving up pets it's sad
  • JanHopkins 2011/11/25 11:47:27
    yes
    JanHopkins
    +1
    Last time I brought in my 2 dogs and a cat I was charged 750.00 and they didn't even give them all the shots they needed.
  • Sister ... JanHopkins 2011/11/25 14:45:25
  • sglmom 2011/11/25 06:47:55
    nay
    sglmom
    +1
    Actually ..
    Compared to the Co-Pays, Deductibles, out of pocket costs that I've paid for my own medical care ..
    When I took my sis-in-law's little Yorkies (yep -- 2 of them) to the vet for their shots, checkups .. I was more than happy to pay such a small price for the care they received ..
  • Bhaby abby Spear 2011/11/25 05:16:00
    nay
    Bhaby abby Spear
    +1
    i dont know.. perhaps! coz they are also a doctor... for animals!!
  • Riobhca 2011/11/25 04:50:36 (edited)
    Undecided
    Riobhca
    +2
    I'm a vet tech. It's not an easy question to answer. The price of supplies, pharmaceuticals, etc., as well as insurance has skyrocketed recently and the only way that most veterinarians have been able to stay in business is to increase their fees. There are a minority of vets that have inflated fees, but the majority of them charge what they really need to charge to stay in business. At the same time, I understand that many patients are having a difficult time paying for their pet's medical care. There doesn't seem to be any really good answer to this problem. i guess that pet insurance is one thing that helps somewhat.
  • MO.gal 2011/11/25 03:10:25
    yes
    MO.gal
    +2
    The vet charges more than my doctor. (and does less)
  • Sister ... MO.gal 2011/11/25 14:46:56
  • Kashee 2011/11/25 03:05:42
    nay
    Kashee
    +2
    Remember, they are Doctors too!
  • tewaz1 2011/11/25 01:55:14
    nay
    tewaz1
    +1
    Vets have to undergo the same rigorous education as human doctors, use the same equipment, the same pharmaceuticals, and have the same maintenance costs as human doctors, and yet make a fraction of the salary a human doctor does.
    The problem is that people do not realize how much a human doctor costs because their insurance obfuscates the process, allowing executives to make bank on what we already pay every month.
    Very few people invest in pet insurance, and so the sticker shock comes all at once at the vet office instead of being simply bled dry pint by pint "just in case."
    Good question Sister! :)
  • rand 2011/11/25 01:00:45
    nay
    rand
    +2
    Not in Mexico or Costa Rica. Vets in the U.S. have to charge a bundle of cash so they can afford their medical insurance and liability insurance. Thank the unions of the AMA and ABA for that. It's a bilking of the consumer perpetrated by unionized greed.
  • Sister ... rand 2011/11/25 01:03:26
    Sister Jean
    +4
    soon many won't be able to bring them gal across st paid $45. for dog's high blood pressure pills(20) and that's cuz kidneys are going
  • rand Sister ... 2011/11/25 01:05:18
    rand
    +4
    Lucky dog. My wife wouldn't pay that much for pills to save my kidneys.
  • SpOoKs! 2011/11/25 00:55:35
    yes
    SpOoKs!
    +2
    Animal Healthcare should be free to begin with...

    neglected animal

    <3
  • Funky Monk 2011/11/25 00:52:11
    yes
    Funky Monk
    +3
    I was charged $100 for a shot that ended up killing my guinea pig...
  • Sister ... Funky Monk 2011/11/25 00:52:50
  • Funky Monk Sister ... 2011/11/25 00:55:43
    Funky Monk
    +2
    They gave him more than his little body could handle, because he died less than an hour after returning home.
  • Doug King 2011/11/25 00:37:49
    nay
    Doug King
    +3
    We just don 't have insurance to pick up most of the cost.
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2011/11/24 23:56:34 (edited)
    Undecided
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +3
    I don't know. I know I paid about $1300 total to have Charlie"s leg amputated by our vet. She's pricier than the other vets I'm familiar with, but she and her staff genuinely love my livestock and her clinic is spotless....they've never come back with fleas or anything. Now, the alternative would have been reconstruction of the entire leg and hip and that would have been about $12k for an ortho vet....I just can't see paying that *at all*.
  • Sister ... ♒ßεllεc... 2011/11/24 23:57:59
  • ♒ßεllεc... Sister ... 2011/11/25 00:00:32
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +3
    we do the spca for spays and neuters, and discount vaccs every chance we get... lol
  • Sister ... ♒ßεllεc... 2011/11/25 00:02:36
  • KoAm 2011/11/24 23:52:35
    yes
    KoAm
    +2
    Yes. That's why my husband and I have no pets.
  • Sister ... KoAm 2011/11/24 23:54:15
    Sister Jean
    +3
    so sad food is expensive fancy feast .60 a can
  • wqerwqerwe 2011/11/24 23:04:27
    Undecided
    wqerwqerwe
    +2
    Its hard to say, because they have really high overheads and often, a low amount of customers. I'd have to learn more about the business.
  • Sister ... wqerwqerwe 2011/11/24 23:06:50
    Sister Jean
    +2
    seems they have more workers than they need for a combing of matts 4 persons
  • Sister Jean 2011/11/24 22:46:08
    yes
    Sister Jean
    +3
    seems more than a people's doc
  • 56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA... 2011/11/24 22:44:31
    yes
    56lady☆POTL JLA BTO-t- BCRA-F's
    +3
    I gasp every time
  • den 2011/11/24 22:42:41
    yes
    den
    +2
    I have had 2 different work mules worth about $500 each aand I paid the vet over that to cure each one and both died -I should have gotten my money back- they get a big price becauwse people idolize animials in my early days when an animal had a serious problem we shot it and got anothe-price 1 shotgun shell and
  • Sister ... den 2011/11/24 22:43:32
    Sister Jean
    +2
    that's so sad
  • EWH53~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/24 22:31:25
    yes
    EWH53~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    Way to much!
  • Sister ... EWH53~P... 2011/11/24 22:31:42
  • beck 2011/11/24 22:25:54
    Undecided
    beck
    +2
    i woudnt know! never been to the vet, my pet fish died too quickly

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