I have two beautiful dogs. One is a huge massive 200lb gorgeous mastiff the 2nd a beautiful loving yellow lab. I would do absolutely anything for my dogs. I took both dogs to **. Dog owners beware!!!!!! This hospital has 6 locations ***** all in New York. This is the type of organization that believes in "racking up" the charges when they should be caring for our animals. Everytime I walk into this hospital it costs my family as the doctors there would say "a small mortgage." They charge you $81.00 just to walk in the place. I was there 2x each visit costs me over $1,000. I showed my 2 bills to two other vets in the area and guess what this place gave it to me good. I am here to warn you......
*due to laws surrounding slander/liable directly attacking a specific vet and company is something that is not appropriate for the forum.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 12/10/2008 8:23:46 PM*** Reason: Removed vetrinary hospital name
I would have called before going to the vet and asked for pricing for vacinations ,etc. Most vets are more than willing to discuss charges prior to treatment. That said I think this could be considered price gouging if prices are drastically more than charges by other vets in the area for the same services. I know everything is MORE EXPENSIVE in New York than in the rest of the country, but I am talking in comparison to other vets in the same area.If further research validates your findings then a complaint to the BBB and the state veterinary association would be the next step.
yup, some of the vets in manhattan are down right S.O.B.s
I was charged about $500 to fix my male pupper, even though I had asked multiple times how much it would all cost, and they failed to mention that they will "examine" him for over $100 prior to the surgery- even though a different vet gave him a physical a few weeks before.
You have to learn the lesson FAST. If you live in manhattan, get your vaccines at PETCO, and try to have the pups examined at the ASPCA- or the equivalent.
When you bought those dogs you took on the responsibility of keeping them healthy and happy at any cost. Which means you know they will need vet visits and other medical. Cost good or not, it's your dog, suck it up and pay it. And quit throwing a tantrum for something that had to be done.
I have a wonderful vet who, thank God, recently opened his own practice. He had left the last center, because of the high prices they were charging, and he had no say in the matter. He would throw in a freebie, perhaps a dental, while they were under, but the initial cost of the surgery, was way out of line.
On average, I'm at the vet's a few times a month. So it does add up.