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Old 12-11-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I'm talking VET BILLS

This is a topic that gets tossed around a bit from time to time so I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to it! Posting our most recent visits for a line by line comparison of services - please a general area the services were provided in and what type of Vet you saw such as a specialist or chain hospital or rescue group etc.

Sometimes I can justify the expenses but sometimes I really think things are getting out of hand and I'd like to know how others feel and how things stack up across the areas.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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So - I'm going first. I am in Virginia Beach and I took my dog into our regular vet -a privately owned hospital facility with about 6 doctors in the practice. Here's the breakdown:

Office Visit $53
Intestinal Parasite Exam $26.50
Senior Wellness Profile $170.95 -This was complete chem blood woork, urine, and heartworm sent to lab
Cytology Collection $17.50 -To collect Urine, Stain Slides to read in house from a FNA
Pathology sent to lab $166.50

TOTAL BILL for the day $434.45
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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So - I'm going first. I am in Virginia Beach and I took my dog into our regular vet -a privately owned hospital facility with about 6 doctors in the practice. Here's the breakdown:

Office Visit $53
Intestinal Parasite Exam $26.50
Senior Wellness Profile $170.95 -This was complete chem blood woork, urine, and heartworm sent to lab
Cytology Collection $17.50 -To collect Urine, Stain Slides to read in house from a FNA
Pathology sent to lab $166.50

TOTAL BILL for the day $434.45
It's hard to compare since all vets do it differently. Office visits here for cats are $35.

No Office Visit charge to have her spayed. Spay was $85.
Injection for pain $21
Rabies shot $16.

I can't find the bill for the first visit but ... do remember it was $12.50 to run the fecal.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:11 AM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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My dog, Chelsea, was diagnosed with diabetes when she went in in diabetic ketoacidosis and a blood sugar at 675. She had to stay at the vets for six days and it cost me $2500. For a while I got her insulin from a friend who was getting two bottles a month and would give me the extra, then he no longer got the second bottle and when I went to buy it, it was $150 a bottle. He needles, test strips and insuling, plus heart pills was costing me about $320 a month and her dog food was costing me a bit more than $100 a month. I found the insulin, needles and strips at Walmart for a low cost of $59, I am now saving $308 a month on those. Unfortunatly she went blind in 3 days and the costs of cataract surgery could run me $2000 to $5000 per eye, but the good thing is she incorporated blindness into her life and gets along very well with out seeing. She never cost me anything in her first 11 years and has always been a wonderful dog.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Space Coast
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I just took my pup for her puppy shots the other day. I don't have the receipt with the break down with me, but the total was $110.18. That was vaccination (DHLPP) , fecal, dewormer (for roundworms), and albon (for coccidia).
When I took my older dog for his annual a few months ago, it was around $225 (rabies, DHLPP, fecal, heartworm test, and a 6 month supply of Trifexis). I take my dogs to a private clinic that has 3 vets working there.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I don't even want to know how much I've spent on vet bills just the past 7 years since retiring here. I'd probably stroke out and die.

I just know that when I get out of the vets office for under $500 I'm happy.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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We used to have ferrets. I paid $10,000 just in 2008 for 4 out of 8 ferrets in our home. The four had cancers, diabetes, Adrenal cancer,,,. This was our last big year for pet expenses.

My friend Joe paid $40,000 for hip surgery for his beagle. He said the dog needed one more operation on the other hip surgery. He said since they had the money and no children they had no problem with the expense.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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We used to have ferrets. I paid $10,000 just in 2008 for 4 out of 8 ferrets in our home. The four had cancers, diabetes, Adrenal cancer,,,. This was our last big year for pet expenses.

My friend Joe paid $40,000 for hip surgery for his beagle. He said the dog needed one more operation on the other hip surgery. He said since they had the money and no children they had no problem with the expense.

Good Lord!
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