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I miss our old large animal vet. He started the office we use, was a very practical guy, told us how to save money on heart worm

meds and other things, didn’t charge a lot.

 

He most likely sold some of his practice to three other vets. He still works,  not as much however. The practice has really grown in size. So have the fee’s. Basically any service performed,  comes with a checkup, with associated cost. A lot of the routine things could be done by a assistant.
 

Tractor Supply has a vet come in on Sunday’s they perform various services, at reasonable cost. My wife likes to rescue cats and stray dogs, she takes them there for their needs. I believe I’ll be taking my dogs there in the future.

 

Before the business people get to hating on me, I’m aware of associated cost of running a office. I just miss the old days of one secretary/ assistant and the vet. 

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This is generally well stated but it lacks one essential point.  It is absolutely IMPERATIVE for your veterinarian to provide you sound medical guidance on how to proceed with a given problem so that

The docs at our clinic all wear masks and go out to the car and speak with the owner's 6 feet away. The clients must wear masks also no exceptions.  I don't understand why so many vets won't go out to

Not hating on anyone...not dinging anyone including the OP on this Topic....and nobody is beyond reproach...but as the owner Administrator and Moderator here for nearly 19 years, I will say that vets

Here in Suburbia Vet costs are creeping up. While its hard to begrudge them a good living with the amount of education and associated  costs it should come with a higher level of service to my mind. I like my Vet but I talked to him about costs now that Im retired and he was helpful we did away with the silly checkup costs on vaccine visits and allows me to bring all 3 in at one and foregoes the office visit fee. I value the relationship and his skill.

My wife is a crazy cat lady and rescues a lot too. For that we use the ASPCA and the tractor supply vet, its just to costly to do other wise. 

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My Vet charges more than my Cardiologist.

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My vet charges $100 just for a health certificate (less then 10 days old) which is required to take my pup to Pa for training.  Seems insane as its a printed form that shows the shots and is just signed by the vet.  She listens to the pups heart and checks the teeth and bingo we are done.  I love her to death as a vet, but to me the price is crazy high considering Sophie may have been seen just two months ago for shots. 

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What drives me nuts is when they go on auto-pilot.  We recently took in a stray cat who clearly had worms.  Not only did they require us to bring her in for an office visit and rabies shot, but they also wanted a fecal sample - which they called and told us was negative.  Despite worms actually crawling out of her butt occasionally.  Apparently they only test for egg suspension, not hatched worms.  So, just trying to help out a stray cost me $200 instead of just giving me some wormer.

 

10 years ago, when our dogs had surgery for anything, they would stay at the vets office overnight.  Now we have to pick them up at 5PM and transport to the outrageously priced Blue Pearl ER vet 20 miles away to the tune of at least $800/night.  Just had to do that with Toby, two hours post abdominal surgery with a fresh incision from sternum to butt - real fun loading a 90 lb dog with a fresh huge incision into a 3/4 ton truck.  And when he got into it with a porcupine last year, I called at 4:30 and they again referred me to the ER vet 20 miles away - because god forbid they have to stay until 5:30.

 

Don't even get me started on Blue Pearl.  $800 a night (4 nights for Toby recently) and they were pressuring me into doing the surgery there one night to the tune of $7-9k when my regular vet did it the next morning for under $1500.  What a racket that place is - allows all the local vets to close at 5PM sharp no matter what and then they charge insane prices because they know the other vets are closed and they have you over a barrel with your dying pet.

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I think student debt is the driving force of costs in the industry.  Older vets about give their service away.

 

I have very pleasant experiences with large animal vets.

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i dont know anyone who spent more on one dog than we did on our last one. emergency vets- yes several, specialists- yes several, lots of health problems and accidents, you bet. 

 

i went through a few vets till i latched onto one i liked. he was great. would do lots of things like prescribe me stuff over the phone- he knew we have paid more than our fair share. the practice however strarted going downhill when they got a "business manager". all kinds of things changed and lots of issues, policies and BS. switched to a new vet with the new pup, she owns and manages the practice herself and has been good so far with customer service. i chose her for 2 reasons. they have 24 on call capability, and she grew up in texas- her family was big into quail hunting. the fact that she has a DD was another plus. so far so good with her. already she has done a few things that saved me money and her time. win win. 

 

vets that have 24 on call are worth seeking out. but yes they are few and far between. 

 

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On 8/4/2020 at 12:15 PM, tut said:

My vet charges $100 just for a health certificate (less then 10 days old) which is required to take my pup to Pa for training.  Seems insane as its a printed form that shows the shots and is just signed by the vet.  She listens to the pups heart and checks the teeth and bingo we are done.  I love her to death as a vet, but to me the price is crazy high considering Sophie may have been seen just two months ago for shots. 

Ouch!

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Not hating on anyone...not dinging anyone including the OP on this Topic....and nobody is beyond reproach...but as the owner Administrator and Moderator here for nearly 19 years, I will say that vets get the snot kicked out of them on Boards, and UJ is no exception. Many have come and gone from our ranks. It’s a wonder any stick around and help out Members like they do here. I commend those that do for having a thick skin. 
 

IMO, If your vet won’t talk about cost, and alternatives, or try and help you afford treatments for your animals, then find another vet. I always ask for an estimate unless it’s an emergency, And talk about generic subscriptions, what’s covered, and what the costs are for follow up visits etc. Many vets clientele are now the new phenomenon of pet parents and their fur babies, who will pay for anything without question. I dont believe vets in general are purposely gouging, but are providing modern services and treatments and drugs not available back when we kept our dogs under the front stoop and threw out table scraps. I am lucky and found a great vet after going through a few. She also does large animals, understands the unique nature of bird hunting dogs, and that I’m not made of money.

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11 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

Not hating on anyone...not dinging anyone including the OP on this Topic....and nobody is beyond reproach...but as the owner Administrator and Moderator here for nearly 19 years, I will say that vets get the snot kicked out of them on Boards, and UJ is no exception. Many have come and gone from our ranks. It’s a wonder any stick around and help out Members like they do here. I commend those that do for having a thick skin. 
 

IMO, If your vet won’t talk about cost, and alternatives, or try and help you afford treatments for your animals, then find another vet. I always ask for an estimate unless it’s an emergency, And talk about generic subscriptions, what’s covered, and what the costs are for follow up visits etc. Many vets clientele are now the new phenomenon of pet parents and their fur babies, who will pay for anything without question. I dont believe vets in general are purposely gouging, but are providing modern services and treatments and drugs not available back when we kept our dogs under the front stoop and threw out table scraps. I am lucky and found a great vet after going through a few. She understands the unique nature of bird hunting dogs, and that I’m not made of money.

 

Fair enough.

 

My complaints are leveled at my small animal vet and the more national Blue Pearl specifically - I'd probably just been looking for an outlet after my Toby ordeal in July.  My large animal vet for the horses is fantastic - and so is the vet I've used hunting in North Dakota.

 

Very appreciative of any vet willing to share their expertise on here and those vets giving good experiences to our members across the country.

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2 hours ago, OutlawTorn said:

 

Fair enough.

 

My complaints are leveled at my small animal vet and the more national Blue Pearl specifically - I'd probably just been looking for an outlet after my Toby ordeal in July.  My large animal vet for the horses is fantastic - and so is the vet I've used hunting in North Dakota.

 

Very appreciative of any vet willing to share their expertise on here and those vets giving good experiences to our members across the country.


Like I said, not dinging you or anyone who has posted on this Topic or otherwise. Just an observation from years of managing the Board. I do think that vet costs can sometimes be wallet breaking, especially when dogs get old. 

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One nice thought regarding vets.  When Sophie was a young pup on her first trip to Maine, she came down with a horrible case of UTI.  She was 10 months old at the time.  I called up a vet in Belfast Maine and they said bring her in.  I was there within 30 minutes and they provided the required antibiotics and within 8 hours she was in good shape.   The cost was half of what it cost in Northern Va.  The nicer thing is I got a Christmas card from that vet for the next 2 years.  Gentleman that is something that never ever happens in Northern Va.  

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When we were contemplating moving to Maine full time I took all the dogs info from Ma and brought it to the local Vet up there . It was a great idea even if I wasn't sure how much time we would spend up there . We have used them several times , some emergencies , porcupine , sinus infections .

We get Christmas cards and notices when they will be closed . 

I have done the same with a Vet in Vermont . 

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On 8/4/2020 at 12:10 PM, Brdhntr47 said:

My Vet charges more than my Cardiologist.

Meaning your DVM charges in total what your cardiologist co-pay is.

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My all time favorite vet retired last year. I know he wanted to retire for a few years but selling a vet practice is easier said than done. He was an old time country vet, who pretty much had done it all. I will miss his service and friendship.

 

When you have multiple dogs and horses,,,,, there are going to be vet bills. I'm not afraid to ask for a more conservative treatment plan, if I think it will work and/or the animal is of an age where it's best days are behind it.

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