Post # 1
This morning as I snuggled with my kitty Sam who is 14 years old and diabetic for the past two years I was reflecting back on when we realized he was sick. It was two years ago and he went from 18 lbs to about 10 lbs, began soaking his litter box with urine and became manic about water (water glasses, the sink, the toilet).
I was obviously concerned so I called my vet to ask what to do. I was told that they needed to run blood work immediately and that it would cost approx $400 JUST for the blood work! I questioned why it was so expensive to just run the blood work. This vet had once charged me over $500 b/c Sam was constipated and they had to give him an enima. I was just picturing paying $400 for blood work and then lord knows how much for what ever was found to be wrong….
I decided to get a 2nd opinion and found a new vet. We took Sam had an exam, blood work, insulin, syringes and training on the insulin injections for $225!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Needless to say I never went back to the other vet. I just wonder how many other people have been faced with gigantic vet bills that were not reasonable, it can be very discouraging when it’s your babies health at risk! I cringe to think that maybe someone had to put down their beloved pet b/c of an outrageous vet bill.
Thank goodness for the good vets out there.
Post # 3
We have had a lot of vet bills lately but that blood work price seems crazy! Luckily we have an awesome vet who has pretty reasonable prices. Most check-ups with yearly shots are only $120 or so.
Our problem is the one dog has epilepsy and her medication is $240 or so a month, but there’s not too much you can do about that.
Post # 4
Ugh I hear ya!! We adopted a puppy last spring who turned out to be very sick. He had to be in isolation at the dog ER under 24 hour watch ( his little body ended up not being able to fight the virus and hepassed away :(. ). But we had him only 10 days and our vet bill was 8,000!! ( 2 nights in the pet ER = 2 k per night plus a ton of tests ). It was so sad and also so frustrating Although the vets did the best they could
Post # 5
Wow, that’s insane! We had bloodwork and shots done on our cat when we thought he had worms and it was $152 which I thought was expensive.
Post # 6
@Dancensations: Wow we had to do the 24 hour in the ER thing too and it was only $800! Sorry to hear about your poor puppy.
We also did an MRI and spinal tap for $1800 which I thought was high, but this thread is making me feel much better about it!
Post # 7
My cat had blood work done to test for diabetes this year and it was only $25!!! My jaw hit the floor when I saw how much you paid!!
One thing about my vet I hate….they charge $12 to throw out any qtips used…just give it to me!! Ill throw it out for free!
Hope your kitty is doing well. My lil guys test came back negative, but he is going back next week for a 6 month retest just to make sure.
Post # 8
Our pug puppy Izzy was supposed to be spayed, but due to a bad reaction under anesthesia, we have to go to a specialist. We had to pay $100 just to meet with the specialist, who didn’t run any tests, and to get a quote for how much it would cost for them to do the surgery. For just the spay, they want $2500, not including a rhinoplasty (yes, a nose job!) or any soft palette correction she may need to have done. The vet specialist couldn’t guarantee our puppy wouldn’t react under a different kind of anethesia, nor do they have an anesthesiologist on staff. Moreover, she said that the rhinoplasty or soft palette surgeries may even need to be done again in the future.
Needless to say, Izzy is NOT getting spayed by this vet!
Post # 9
@mrssoontobeh: Is there a reason for this bizarre q-tip fee?
My main complaint with my vet was the time when she tried to charge us for a procedure which we performed ourselves (bandage change). They fixed it, though. There was also a super sweet vet tech there who used to sneak us gauze and other supplies to help offset the cost of my rabbit’s care. My parents spent so much on that rabbit’s vet care, and she didn’t make it .
My first rabbit was healthy her whole life until old age hit her like a ton of bricks and she suddenly lost use of her hind legs. It would have only gone downhill from there, so we had to have her put to sleep. I don’t even remember how much it all cost, it was all such a blur for me…I’d had her for nearly ten years, went through my teens and early adulthood with her, so I was a mess over that loss.
Earlier this year, my third rabbit got sick and the emergency exam, x-ray, and medications came to less than $300. I was so surprised! I was totally expecting more. He passed away (old age, not illness, thank goodness) last month. The cost of cremating him was kind of ridiculous, though.
Now, I have to bring my current rabbit for her first vet check and then her spay surgery. I *think* it’s $50 for the checkup and $160 for the spay, but I’m curious to see if the prices have gone up since I last had a bunny spayed.
Any time I meet someone who is considering getting a rabbit, I tell them they should save up an emergency fund for the bunny first. No matter how well you take care of a rabbit, they tend to “malfunction” a lot. That goes for any animal, really, but people seem to take issue with paying for proper vet care for small mammals. They seem to think that their bunny/guinea pig/hamster will just die before it ever has a chance to get sick, or that the animal just isn’t worthy of vet care.
Post # 10
@ThingsThatShine: They claim that the dirty qtips used to clean their ears are “bio-hazard materials”. Weird….
Post # 11
@sn2bmrsmntgmry: My vet bills are INSANE. I literally had to take my pup every week to two weeks this summer and it was $500 a pop. I spent 2K-3K. We had to start going in there with a budget, and after spending so much, they understood. DH would be like, “I can ONLY spend $250. I have cash.” It was crazy!
Post # 12
Ouch! All of these stories make me even more grateful that FI is a veterinarian! I told him about the qtips being a “bio hazard” and he laughed, and promised he would never charge his patients for qtip disposal. 🙂
Post # 13
As someone who worked in a vet hospital, charges like the q-tip charge is to help offset maintenance costs for everything else. They have to pay to send tests out (sometimes, depends on the test, which means you have to pay for the lady who comes to pick up the tests to take them to the lab, plus the outside lab fees to pay for their overhead and employees), pay someone to empty the trash cans, pay the shipping on the q-tips, it all adds up really quickly! It’s similar to how human hospitals have to charge a lot because there’s a lot of overhead– and also because healthcare costs are just high no matter what.
(Not to say some of the fees aren’t totally ridiculous– but just that those little additional ones do have a purpose!)
Post # 14
I still feel bad about this one. My baby girl Princess (sweet little tabby cat) swallowed a penny one day while I was at work, I noticed she wasnt eating or as happy as she normally was so I brought her into the vet. Sure enough, they told me they were going to have to do surgery.. my 1yr old kitty cost me 1500 dollars. While it was my fault for not being more careful, I had no idea she would even play with it nor do I have any idea where she found change since I never have cash/change on me. I love her to death, but boy did that suck!
Post # 15
We have pet insurance and it has helped us so much. Vet costs are so high and unpredictable.