Why is the Vet so Gosh Darn Expensive?

@Aurone (4757)
United States
June 6, 2008 12:03am CST
My cats have been to two different vets in 2 days and it has cost me like $1600. We still don't know what is wrong with one of them and the other has crystals in her bladder and I have to go get medicine for her tomorrow. I wonder why it is so expensive to go to the vet. I got to sit in an animal hospital for 3 hours today and watch people come in and out. I watched more than one person tearfully express that they couldn't afford their animals treatment. One lady even wanted to put her dog down since she couldn't afford to treat it anymore. How sad! Anyone have vet expense stories?
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Well, they go to veterinary school and that costs thousands, ok, tens of thousands. Then most of them have to buy lab equipment, microscopes, x-rays. The animals use the same equipment we do, but our doctors don't buy it, they send us to places to have it done. Then of course, we don't have pet insurance, so we must bear the whole cost plus the cost of meds. I remember one time my vet ordered some meds for my dog and told me they were $300 and I said is that for 3 or 4 months, she said no, that would be $300 a month for the rest of my dog's life. I don't spend that on me. As it turned out the vet was wrong, now I probably spend about 300 a year for the meds for the same condition, that would really get me going, if I had paid all that money for no reason.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Ah, so that is why they have results the next day instead of like a week when I get a blood test. So far only meds for my Carlye $34 hopefully a one time thing.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
7 Jun 08
That is so true. I'm looking around at vet schools to apply to, and I can't believe how so many of them are over $40,000 per year. And you can't work while you're there so then you go into debt from the rent you still must pay as well.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I have heard that veterinary school is more difficult to get into then medical school? IS this true? I know it is a tough job, none of your patients can talk..making a diagnosis very difficult. Good luck, I hope you get in.
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• United States
7 Jun 08
It just is. I have had to take all three of my cats to the vet for numerous amounts of problems. Frisky went to the vet for kidney stones and that was $350, Goldie went to the vet for a hairball caught in the intestine and that was $620, and Dubby went to the vet for a laceration on his leg and that was $320. Pets are not cheap, and to those of you who own pets and do not get them to the vet when they need it, SHAME ON YOU! If you do not get your pet to the vet when they need it, and I see you neglecting or abusing your pet I will call the ASPCA on you and I will not hesitate. Some people in my neighborhood had left their new puppy outside with no food and no water, and it was hot, the puppy wanted to go inside, but the neighbors were not home, so the puppy had nowhere to go. I was in a hurry to get to my classes for testing that day, so I was not able to take the puppy to the local ASPCA. If I see these people again and I see the puppy being neglected like that again, I will take that puppy and I will bring it to the ASPCA. Pets are people too, and they deserve love and respect just like everyone else.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Nobody said anything about not taking them to the vet. I was in fact doing something most people don't do which is take my kitties in for a yearly check-up. I was at a new vet this time (cat only vet) and finally got someone to really listen to my older cat Ashley cause I have always thought she had trouble breathing. And through the check-up testing we found that our second cat has crystal in her bladder and she is now on the medication to clear that up. So far between the yearly check-up for both, the 2 sets of x-rays for Ashley, and the electrocardiogram for Ashley, and the specialist(the first vet thought something was wrong with her heart-she does have a murmur but the specialist found out that something was wrong with her lungs and we are still working on it), the vet tab for the last two days is $1700. Two months rent.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I guess my pets are worth the expense to me even if I have to put it on credit. But I guess some people don't have that option. Its the pets meds or their kids food. Not much of a choice there. I feel for that little pup that got left out of the house. Those people should have known better.
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• United States
7 Jun 08
I did not mean you, but I know people out there who just do not care about taking their pets to the vet. It is great that you took your cats to the vet, but what you had to pay for your cats is insane.
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Mmmmm...crystals in the bladder...might look that up for you in that book..LOL..usually something like that sounds like cystitis and when people get it can drink cranberry juice to clear it up. Don't tell me about vet costs as I know they can be expensive..nuts more than people doctors. To be honest I haven't taken my cats to a vet in ages....not that I don't care, I DO!! But all these years I've really relied on natural remedies and have seemed to work wonders. My Pyewacket was having some breathing problems of his own and gave him some of that Petromalt stuff plus would open up a garlic pill and give it to him once in awhile. Then he had that cyst thing near his ear and used warm-hottish sage compresses to drain it out..he still gets it back again every once in awhile..what helps though is that my pet rescuer friend always has a lot of antibiotics on stock and send it to me--she's to send me some more next month.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Thats cool. The vet said that she probably wasn't getting enough water and that I may have to start feeding her only wet food or a special ie expensive prescription diet. The PH is off in her digestive tract. So I will give her the meds, anti-inflammatory so she doesn't hurt so much and an anti-bacterial just in case there is an infection. And try more wet food, I am sure she won't mind!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Thank you aurone for the br...how are your kitties now??? Any better?
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
7 Jun 08
I think a lot of people don't realize how expensive it is. People think I'm nuts when I tell them I've spent over $2,000 on a single guinea pig. What people don't realize, is that their own health care is actually much more expensive. My vet charges $65 for an x-ray. I don't have health insurance, and when I go to the doctor for a simple fracture I will end up with a bill near $1,000... and that's one where they don't even have to put a cast on it. I recently broke my heel and since I knew the doctor would just tell me it was broken and not be able to actually do anything, I let it heal on its own. I went in for a broken toe only once before I realized I too could tape my toes together, and not charge myself $1,000 to do it. But with my pets, they'll go in even if it has to go on my credit card. I worked at an animal hospital for awhile, and it is definitely something else watching it from the other perspective. The techs made about $12 an hour, the assistants made $8. Minimum wage was $6.75 at the time. And I worked for over a year for free, "in training" because a spot didn't open up (and when it did and went to a student, I quit). The vets did okay, but there wasn't enough money to pass around, despite what pet owners perceived as large bills.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Sounds a lot like health care. I paid $100 just for the visit to the specialist. I think she is probably doing alright. I am starting to think there might be something to this pet insurance stuff.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
6 Jun 08
My daughter accidentally broke my 5 month old kitties leg I took her in and they had to put a cast on her leg, they gave her pain meds and had to give her anistetic and keep her for 2 nights and the bill came to $180 I couldn't beleive it I thought it would be more like $500! I guess I have a good vet. They will also let you make payments.
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Geez, you got off light! But most of the money I have paid has been for diagnostic procedures. Thats the expensive part. I might have to look into payments if either cat needs more medical attention thanks for the info.