I have this discussion w/ my vet every now and then. He practices in rurual SC and he has good prices/morales becauses he knows the community he serves cant afford or just wont pay for costly procedures.He's retireing in 6 years and he worries about his clinets and even if another vet will take over his practice.all the interns move on to more populated places where they can get more money.
And the sad thing is they have to get more money because the time and money spent on getting thier degree has to be compensated. I mean in reality they minds well have went to school to be plastic surgeons and jumped on the band wagon to reconstuct Americas vain population. Unfortunatlly pet care is going in the same direction as our own health systems. Pet insurance will one day go hand in hand with being a responsible owner.
Honestly, I don't think that is too much. Yes, the internet is cheaper however, your vet offers his/her services, treatment, and aftercare. I beleive what you are paying more for is the services on top of paying the medication.
It appears to me from past experience that Vets can get whatever they choose to charge. Apparently there is no regulatory group that can presantly control them. Take any given area and stick a pin in an address, a charge at that point will not be the same as a point down the street just a block away.
We have three or more vets in our country town and the highest is good, but very high in surgeries.
We use another that is about 2 miles from him. Tried another but he was too high. Yes you can get many of the prescription meds from supply places, but not all. Some must come from the Vet due to people taking vet meds. Example: My wife had a reocurring ear infection that the doctor couldn't cure. Our family pet got the same problem, and out of desperation she used some of the dog medicine........It cured the problem for both.
Vets charges too high? Sort of depends on your prospective I think. Look around, there's bound to be one you like better. But caution, we have run into trainee's. I took a female to our regular vet a while back and was told she was not pregnant. Her problem was a tumor. Well, to make a long story short, we're raising three pups from her "Tumor". We got a trainee........Glad your dog is well again!
Vets spend a lot of money and time going to school, just as doctors do. It is more difficult to get into vet school than medical school. The question we really need to ask is, how much are our pets worth to us. I really do believe that a dog is a dog.... not a person, but then I also think that pets should be well taken care of. Conclusion, get your dog drugs on the internet.... and take your dog to the vet, only when he is ill and you need an expert that went to "medical" school. When your dog is sick, try home solutions first.... many dogs get diareaha....give them boiled meat and rice. If they haven't been wormed, worm them. (by the way, hook worms can affect people.... eeeks, be careful) Check the internet for information. When you <B>must</B> see a vet, expect to pay them a reasonable amount of money.
I think it really matters where you live. OP aren't you in New York City? Could be wrong. I have found most veterinarians charge less when you take your pet back for a recheck of the same problem. It may be time to find a new one. $30.00 for an office visit isn't off the wall for a large East Coast city however I would object to that if you are returning for the same problem. My veterinarian charges $26.00 for an office visit and I live in Austin Texas
Summing it all up by saying, "what are our pets really worth to us?" simply plays into the hands of the money-hungry who will play on our emotions and keep raising the price. You need to shop around for a good, honest vet just like you do for everything else. Some vets are highly qualified and educated in special areas and charge a lot and some charge the bare minimum but I wouldn't take a pet rock to them and vice-versa. Search for one that can handle your needs without trying to use your dog to buy his next yacht. I know our vet's office charges over $80 for a brucellosis test but I know others not in my area charge about $25 because different labs charge different fees and some vets send the sample out to a separate lab. Some vets double or triple the cost of an emergency visit. Why? In the middle of the night they don't have to pay their receptionist to come in and open the office. The cost of meds and equipment doesn't go up after office hours. Why? Because they are being inconvenienced so they make you pay for it. Don't tell me it comes down to what my pets are worth to me because that is utter nonsense in this regard. My pets are worth whatever it takes and it comes down to the honesty and compassion of my vet as to how much it will cost me.
You have to also take into consideration the vet needs to pay his secretaries, vet tech's, and any other employee's. He needs to buy the medicine, supplies, pay rent, etc. And let's not forget the decade he was in college. So if the prices are a bit high, and I don't find $30 for an office visit high at all.. I kinda get it.
all vets charge differently,they have to pay also their overhead,yes rent employes water hydro gas supplies and their tools of their trade.shop around if you like.i would pay more money if i liked the vet,ifound some arent just intrested in follow ups in the animals.
I agree it depends on area. My vets office viit is $28.00. Depending on what else they do is how the bill turns out overall. But it seems my vet prices are pretty reasonable, not to mention he gives me an occasional free visit, and often will take care of drop off's and rescues I take in for free or a reduced cost. So that alone to me is worth it.
As far as the Panacur.....that is high as heck for that! Wow, I would suggest next time....and I know mail order was likely not an option for this time since he was having black stools, it was something he needs now, and not wait for the postal service. But you can go to Wal-Mart, and most feed stores and buy Safe-Guard...it is the same as Panacur C and is only between $5-8 a box.
I agree, prices vary greatly on where you live. The animal hospital that I go to is one of the more expensive ones, but they have 4 vets who are very up to date with their training, and they have the newest equipment and one of them is cross trained in specialty areas also. They are always booked up to 2 weeks in advance, but if I need to get one of my dogs in that day they will see me even if it means staying open a little later. If I can't pay for something very expensive right up front then I can make payments of whatever I can afford, whenever I can. I wouldn't trade them for any other vet , regardless of the price. But from my experience of having worked as a vet assistant for several years, I will tell you that all the meds and vaccinations are EXTREMELY marked up. Usually by about 300% at least.
I just thought that I would offer a suggestion that might help. Print off of the computer the cost of the medication from a reputable internet source, including shipping. If you present this to the vet they might be willing to price-match, or at least offer an explanation or their current prices.
I work in a clinic, and have for a long time. I must admit I pay for very little when it comes to my dogs and cats. I also have the chance to learn and treat my own pets. I have a vet at my disposal at all times really. I also do my best to avoid problems in the first place. These costs are not that high, if they were much lower it make me suspicious of why they would be lower. There are alot of costs to run a clinic, your not just paying for that shot, your paying the Veterinarian, assistants, Kennel Staff, Technicians, receptionists,supplies, rents and taxes and so forth. Next time your at the Vets look around, you'll probly see thermometers, alcohol, bandage materals, instruments, solutions excetera, these all have to be ordered weekly to monthly depending on the item. If they were running the clinic out of a tent in a parking lot, that would be different. If you have a tentant renting a room form you in your house, there are alot of costs involved in running a household, not just a mortgage.