Getting "fleeced" by the vet!

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  1. inthefrey

    inthefrey Moved on...

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    I'm sure many of you fellow GT'ers have pets and have taken then to the vets at one point or another.

    I took one of our new cats to the vet to be neutered this morning and the fleecing began!

    The Proceedure = $105 (what I asked for)
    EKG - Pre-OP blood work - $68
    Post Op EKG - $85

    ...and a host of other, "He really needs this to be a healthy cat", sevices pushed at you. All this with the dire tone, "...we can't guarantee he'll be okay unless you have these things done..."

    I felt as if the next question was going to be, "...For an extra fee, we can have THEM guilded and placed on a trophy stand.." Good Grief!

    After I got out of there, I felt as if I'd been nutered!:upeyes:
     
  2. pack-indy

    pack-indy Emissary

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    Yep, take the flogging and give them a smile because if you don't do all of the options they offer, they will make you feel like your pet isn't worthy of the treatments and that you are a terrible owner who has no regard to the health of your precious pet. Gotta love it :supergrin:
     

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    I've never paid for pre-op and post-op EKG's for my pets. Especially for a simple procedure like neutering. Unless you have a really old cat I see no reason for that.

    Sounds like you need to find a new vet.
     
  4. inthefrey

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    They handed me this paper to sign and put my contact numbers. It had all these proceedures that I believed were part of the nutering. I got home and the wife said, "You didn't tell them to...", and the trouble started. She said, "Did they tell you it would be an extra charge? They tried to jack me up as well! If they didn't, tell you it was extra, I'm not paying it.."
     
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    This happens at every vets office. They give you the "to be 100%" speach. Not that they are not right but these are simple things that are not needed.

    My ROTTY is 10 years old. He has a partial tear of his ACL. They wanted 2500 to fix it, I told them to take a hike and they just gave me the look. He is 10 years not 10 months. It is an ACL in a dog, people (really only athletes) need them repaired.

    My heeler (RIP LEFTY) had neck, sprus, nerves issues. They tried to get the MRI done and said this may or may not tell us what we need. 700$ for a possible outcome that will or will not require other crap. I said no need, got the same look and I left.

    Bulldog... cancer on top of skin, cut it out and hope for the best.

    ALL dogs are fine (minus Lefty who was put down years later)

    Vets are great people but I have never met ANY doctor of any form that isnt trying to get every last nickle out your pocket or the INS company pocket.
     
  6. HerrGlock

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    You gotta get a new vet. Mine said, "Neutering $XX.XX" and then charged me exactly that for each cat. They've never pushed a service on me but have called about a month before vaccinations are due to schedule and have made after operation calls to make sure the animules are doing okay a few days after each procedure more intense than shots.
     
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    If the guilding/trophy stand option becomes available, take it. No more vet trips after that and the problem is solved. :supergrin:
     
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    Here we have clinics that do spay/neuters for like $30. All included. They're subsidized by the animal control dept and adoption fees. You got raped.

    The closest vet to my house is ridiculous. It's a practice with 3 or 4 vets on staff and there's one I refuse to see. She's young and stupid. Every time we go to see her she starts talking about the worst-case scenario, $1200 treatments, thousands more in medicine and all kinds of stupid tests she wants to run. I can't stand her. She tried to diagnose my GSD with pancreatitis, wanted to keep him a week (for $700 per day of course) and put him on a special diet. I said forget that, what's the special diet? She said it was boiled chicken and rice, then switch to an organic food. I took him home and did exactly that...and he's been fine for over a year now.
     
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    Our vet told us that our dog needed a "senior blood profile" done once a year for about $100. They do a good job of making you feel guilty when you decline these extra "neccesities".

    And to think they used to nueter animals by wrapping a rubber band around the testicles until they fell off. Cost less than a penny.
     
  10. Glock20 10mm

    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Umm... it's a cat. They don't really require much medical attention. If they did they never would have survived as long as they have. :whistling:
     
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    We adopted 2 kittens (brother and sister) from the shelter. They had already been fixed. This is the way to go. :cool:
     
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    I spent $480 to give my dog a thorough examination including complete x-rays and blood work before spending $7000 on a couple of TPLOs on her knees. The vet missed the osteosarcoma forming on her rib cage and I lost her two years later. When we noticed a lump growing on her side I looked at those x-rays again with the vet and she pointed to a spot on her ribs and said "Oops, you don't want to know what that is". It took every bit of self-control I could muster not to strangle that ***** right then and there. Then when I had her file transferred to my new vet the x-ray had apparently been "lost in transit". It's been two and half years since my dog died and I miss her more than anything I have ever lost in my life. She was worth every penny I had spent on her and then some nonetheless.
     
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    Yeah, this vet use to bea good one but the guy that was running it retired a few years back. The new management ( all young vets ) really stinks.
     
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    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    So lets see, Vets go to school for the same amount of time as a regular human doctor, but you want to pay McDonald's cheeseburger rates for a surgical procedure? What are you, Obama or something.

    I paid over 6X that amount for my vasectomy :supergrin:
     
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    My son found ours abandoned by a dumpster. They hadn't been fixed and barely had their eyes open. :supergrin:
     
  16. pulaskipusher

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    It turns out our Vet has been hunting elk out of season for quite awhile now. Guess I'm gonna find a new Vet too.

    All of our critters have been from the Shelter so they get their shots and spayed/neutered for $70. Besides when they start acting up I just shake my finger and say "Alright, you're going back get in the truck," and they start behaving again. :rofl:
     
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    I hear ya.

    Hard to have that sort of friend in one's life, and be told it'll cost more than one can afford to keep him/her well. Those who have children, don't make all that much, or just don't have the resources are put in a real bind for sure.

    I would do almost anything I had to just to kept my buddy well, but I am in a place to be able to afford it. I feel for those who can't. I really do understand their predicament.
     
  18. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    And you didn't even get a Milkbone afterwards, did you? . . . no pun intended. :rofl:
     
  19. inthefrey

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    :rofl::rofl:

    Yeah, you don't need an 8-figure malpractice insurance policy either.
     
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    I had a disagreement with my previous vet precisely because of this kind of greed, nickeled and dimed me to death. I knew the prices of medicines as well, a shot they charge you $50 for cost them $5 or less. Most of these shots you can do yourself and buy them online.

    My dog did not see a vet for 6 years. She finally passed at the ripe old age of 16. If I took her to the vet, she probably would have been dead a long time before.

    Yes, maybe they do go to school, and maybe they do have a lot of student loans to pay off, but when they are running a racket they should be run out of town just let any other scam.