I am taking my dog to the vet for his yearly booster. Last year I talked to the vet during the vaccination and examination of the dog and they charged me a consultation fee. So, here is the question: If I only go to get the dog examined and followed by the shot, but I don't ask any questions, should I still have to pay for a consultation fee? What does everyone else pay at their vets and are there consultation fees?
I have no idea, that is something you shoujld take up with your veterinarian, as it is liable to differ from one vet to another. Our vet doesn't charge a consultation fee, but does charge an office visit charge of $18. There is no office visit charge for annual shots though, all he charges for if you bring a pup in for annual shots is the price of the shots, check for worms, and heartworm check.
at my vet, a consult is an office visit fee, even if you dont 'consult' abotu anything. i never stop in with questions, i prefer to stalk them over the phone ;) i call during surgery hours (lunchtime) when i have a quick question.
mine charges $45 for a visit, plus meds. yearly shots/checkup appt is $89 total.
often office visit fee is waived if you need xrays, blood work, something else (that they make $$$ on)
***Edited By: ESKIEGIRL on 3/18/2005 3:42:02 PM*** Reason: .
I thought questions were apart of the vet visit fee. when I get my dogs there shots it 30 for the vet visit and then the cost of the shots. And if I get xrays of anything major done I dont get charged the visit fee
I was looking on some of my receipts and my vet charges 32.23 for office call -exam. I guess that includes any questions etc. But even at that it can be expensive. Espically when they get through with lab work etc. I hardly ever get out under 100.00 or more. Plus my prescription dog food for Max is 40.00.
I am pretty sure that a vet is required to fully exam the animal before giving them a vaccination, so they charge for an exam fee. All clinics are different each vet can charge whatever they want...that is how they make money. They are not required to charge for an office visit however most vet's will. My vet charges $15 for an exam fee with a vaccination. The vaccinations are extra. If your animal is being seen for anything beside a routine vaccination, his office fee is then $25 to be seen.
My vet usually charges $35.00 for an office visit, but if I'm in there for shots I have never been charged or like I have had to take one cat and one dog in for c-section they never charged me an oiffice visit either, i love my vet they are the best
Most of you sound pretty luck with your vets. Mine will charge you an office visit for anything you bring you animal in for unless it is in just to have shots.
In fact my vet charges you for everything. Magic had a c-section yesterday. For that it was 260 dollar. Then you add on the office visit, the hospital stay, sugical kit, x-ray, and all the IV's, anistishia, take home medication, and a bunch of other little things it came up to 600 dollars. Which is actaully cheap since back in January when we first bred her I was told it usually runs around a 1000.
Now my vet back home they are great they only charge you on things they need to charge you for. When our cat had kidney failure. They would only charge us for the medication and IV's they gave her. We were never charged with an office fee or a hospital fee even when she stayed over night. The last time they keep her for two days then we brought her home one last time to say good-by they didn't charge us anything.
I never asked the vet any questions. I asked the receptionist afterwards what the consultation fee is all about, since I had no questions, and she said it's the office fee. How can I argue that, but it seems high. On the up side, the dog is healthy and that is worth more than anything else.
I thought my vet was getting freaky with her prices, but charging a consultation fee whent hey charge and exam fee? Thats pretty rediculious IMO.
Now, I will admit, we've had owners who have talked and talked and talked and talked and talked and talked and an hour later, everyone si prettyirritated, btut ehy are not the norm. We even book in extra time with new puppies for all of hte questions.
We have a 35 dollar exam fee, or a 15 dollar follow up visit fee. If whatever we come in for is quick, we have been given the follow up fee. I don't think we were charged for a visit when we got shots done.