My dog Ivy was throwing up a lot so I took her to emerg because she also was not interested in eating and my regular vet was away for the day.. anyways.... it turned out that she just had a tummy ache in non technical term... but it cast my 205$ just to have her checked out.... I was wondering if you guys have had an experience like that and it cost you way more than you expected since the vet did very little.... just curious... im 18... 205 dollars is a lot of money for me.... What do you guys think!?
We took rocky to the emergency vet because he was "freaking out" I though he was going to die, he couldnt stand he was bugging and slobbering and scaring the crap out of me. We took him in he was having seasures they did a cathder in his arm just in cae he had another one. He had 2 that night and they said most of the time if they have 2 they will keep going untill they get meds. they kept him over night, they said the highest they would charge for him would probly be $380 and thats if he keeps having them and needs alot of meds. He didnt have any more that night and we brough him home the next morning. His bill was $200. they did alot though, They ahd him over night, they shaved his leg, put a cathder in his leg, had someone sit with him every min he was there just in case he had another one, they did a ton of blood work, his sugar level was a little high because he had a cookie after dinner, I told them to do anything and everything to make sure he would be fine. They even updated his shots, and all that was only $200
They did run tests... and that part cost 70 dollars... and the actual visit cost was 45 dollars.... and her meds were 11.... but it seemed like they printed a 70 dollar piece of paper... My vet is really cheap because he is retired and just likes to provide services for the community.. so he can afford to be cheaper... maybe im just used to that...
see i dont really know anything about costs and what the vet actually does so of course i told them to do whatever it took to make her feel better... but after they did eveything and explained it to me... it was just basically a tummy ache and it was 205$ later... i was shocked
its really amazing eh?.... personally if i was a vet I would charge people with affordable prices... yes you want to make profit.. but if you love animals enough to become one of their doctors... you should realize that they are like family to the people that own them and take care of them... and they are giving them more than just treatment... sometimes they are giving them life and thats a really big deal... i dont know ... I would do it differently... but im not a vet... just a dog lover... and sometimes you have to do what it takes!
When Cooper was 4 months old he just started throwing up and would not stop. We took him to our vet clinic, but since they were booked we got charged the regular office visit + the emergency fee. He ended up having to stay the night and had a bunch of tests (x-ray, ultrasond, bloodwork), meds & iv. The vet was sure that he had ingested something toxic, but he hadn't been out of our sight, so who knows. Anyway $581 later, we got to take him home with the dx of "angry tummy". I thought it was a lot, but I was just glad he made it, b/c at one point in the night, he still hadn't stopped throwing up and they were worried he might not make it. Cooper has been an expensive puppy - four days after we got him he was showing signs of parvo, but his littermate was fine. So Xmas Eve we are at the vet's twice, $300 +, all his tests were negative, no parvo, no parasites, but with intestinal problems you never know how it's going to turn out.
And to answer your question, yes, when you are 18, $205 is a lot of money but pets are expensive. Glad Ivy is doing ok.
I never ever ever ever recommend emergency vets unless there can be no other vet found or it is in a trauma situation (hit by a car, attacked and bleeding to death).
I know that opinions are divided even on this board. Some people think they are justified. I thing they are just a rip off.
I am lucky because my vets both do after hours, weekends and holidays if they have a regular patient in need. They don't have 5 other vets in the practice to back them up either. It is just them.
Bless them, I feel like their prices are still in the 1970's when they started. Small animal office visit during normal hours $11, the other charges $17!!!! I drive by the one a mile from my house, you know why? $35 to walk in the door--and the expensive vet doesn't know their butt from a hole in the ground any way.
Thank you, thank you to my vets. I always get them something decent at Christmas for all they do for my animals through out the year.
I like the emergency vet close to me. They are so nice, They dont cost alot, and they seem to know more then some of the other vets around us. They are also the only ones i can find who do all animals not just farm, or dogs and cats. They do everything from tigers to hampsters.
There is a vet down the street who i dont like. But we went there with my bunny because she stoped walking and he did full body xrays, every blood test, Checked for worms, He checked for everything and found nothing. But he only charged me for the xrays. I think that i was so upset that he was eather being very nice or that he just forgot. I mean it has to be hard to rember who to charge someone when they are crying begging you to do more. All in all it was around $100. And that was for full body xrays, every kind of blood work you can have done, checking for worms, clipping teeth (her teeth were a little long not real bad but a little longer then they should have been) over night stay, another set of xrays because i didnt belive him, and well everything a vet can do for a bunny.
Ivy~ Hey I was the one talking with you that nite. I am sorry to hear about the EVet cost...yep it always is higher. But how is the pup now? Better I hope with the meds. ~I still would do a follow up with your vet when you can. Hope you and the pup have a better weekend! Take care ~ Dee
Well.... 205 is not really that bad. Even though I know at 18 it sounds like a lot. The emergency vet I have here charges 80 just to be seen. It cost me 76 for an xray. 30 to deliver one puppy. and there were a few additional charges and tax.... but it cost me 235.34 just to have my dog seen when she had a puppy that was not presenting during birth.
24 hours later.... I had to go BACK to the emergency vet. they charged me another 80 for the visit.... 30 to keep her overnight... 42 for a catheter...30 for iv.... 26 to use the thing that the iv hangs on... 20 for the iv pump use.... 30 for the process of putting the iv in..... 37 for medicines.... 140 for blood tests 37 for oxytocin.... 10 dollars for the box to bring her body home in since she died. so.... in all I spent 700 for a dog that did not make it.
of course... I had spent 1400 at the same vet almost 18 months earlier to keep a cat that was in renal failure alive. He is fine to this day. It is just a risk you have to measure.
to me.... my animals are worth that much... and more. My regular vet is inexpensive. but he does not have after hours time. I went to one vet that had saturday 1 oclock appointments a chain of vet clinics associated with a big pet store....... I will let you figure out who. they hem hawed around so long... that I lost another pet a month after the previously mentioned cat became ill. I still had to pay 200 for nothing.
emergency vets know there is no where else to take your pet to if it is after hours so they can get away with charging what ever they want basically..... but this is both a blessing and a curse. one one hand.... it keeps out the people who would hold you up for getting care because they dont want to make a during the week appointment and plan around it. On the other hand..... it also deters people away from going that financially cant afford it ( like me... I am still paying the 1400 dollar one).... and those that really have to think about if they really think it is serious enough to bring them in because it does cost so much and they dont want to be told it is just a tummy ache. So they dont go in.. and their fur baby dies.
Just know that you did the right thing... you were a responsible pet owner. And even though she might not appreciate it when you are at the vet.... your fur baby knows you love her enough to bring her should you need to. God bless you for trying to ease her discomfort.
I agree with Cinnamon. 205 for an E-vet sounds right, 205 is a lot of money, but that's the price of having a dog. Vets are not cheap. I just spent 2000.00 on one of my dogs. And it is not a matter if they have to go to the vet, it's when.
Well it cost $675 when Stanley had some gas. But it was worth it because I was so scared because he couldn't walk. But that was a month or two ago and he is over it. Just a little gas cost so much money. But what pet isn't worth it?
Yep...it cost me 197.00 for Buckwheat's vet bill. 125 was just to get to my place and do an exam. everything else was for medicines. The horse cemetary was 150.00 and I think that was very reasonable to pick him up and bury him. Money well spent even if the outcome wasn't what I had hoped for.