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    I don't get charged consult fees thankfully on the rescues or my own dogs so I have no idea what they are.
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    Any time I get out of the door with a fee of under $100, I'm really happy !!

    Fantastic Anne that you don't get charged. Great to see there are professionals out there with their heart in the right place.

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    I think the idea of a quick consult fee, if the problem is something simple, is great. How many people out there don't take their dog to the vets for a relatively simple problem because of the price tag and then things deteriorate for the poor animal.
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    But that is what pet insurance is for. Let's face it, you have to pay for medical things for your children and yourself, so why do people think that you should't have to pay for your animals?

    Personally, I think it is people's attitudes and expectations that need to change.

    I count myself extremely fortunate that I have a great relationship with my Vets. But, by the same token, I expect that my animals are going to cost me money in health care.
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    I've got a terrific relationship with my vet surgery. We often "converse" via email & I'll send through photos of the problem area if needed, so they can have a look & think about things in order to decide whether I should come in or not.

    Both Tara & Spirit are on "follow ups" for different things at the moment. I sent a report on Tara this morning & they are expecting one on Spirit by Monday morning.

    I think their thinking is very much in line with what you've just said Tkay. They'd rather know every little thing that's going on when it's happening, rather than have to go into "damage control" & perhaps be too late to save a much loved animal.

    By using the email system, they can take their time & not be rushed with a unexpected phone call enquiry. It certainly works for me, that's for sure !!

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    That's a very generous service they offer you. It must take time to respond to emails, not to mention the likelihood of a misdiagnoses and all for free.
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    I've noticed a big difference in Vet fees sinces we moved up here. Everything seems to be more expensive in Cairns.

    Last time I went to the Vet it was for a vaccination and there was no consult fee, although the Vet took time to check out a slight limp in the dog's front leg. I think the usual fee is around the $50 mark.

    When I lived in Vic I used several different Vets.

    The Vet I had worked for for 9 years was the cheapest. No consult fee of course and everything at cost price.

    Another was a 24/7 Veterinary Hospital. The head Vet specialised in cats and Sighthounds and was a real miracle worker. She had remarkable sucess with cases other Vets had given up on. The first time I met Julie was when I took my favourite cat to her for euthanasia as she was the closest Vet. The cat had been missing for four days and when she dragged herself home her face was crawling with maggots. The cat had a fractured scull, a badly damaged eye, broken jaw and many of the bones in her face were totally shattered. Despite the pain she was still purring and so happy to be back with me. Just seconds away from the final needle Julie said: "She wants to live. God knows how I'm going to do it but will you let me try and save her?" Four or five operations and 6 weeks hospitalisation later Miz Amy Needles came home. The bill? Around $1000 from memory. Certainly a fraction of what it should have been. "Just pay it off when you can." Now that is a good Vet.

    The other Vets I had been going to for years. One specialised in eyes and hearts. The other was a neighbour and used a lot of alternative as well as traditional treatments. I always got a nice discount due to multiple animals and rescues were treated free of charge.

    It was a big shock to the system to move up here and have to start paying full price again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    But that is what pet insurance is for. Let's face it, you have to pay for medical things for your children and yourself, so why do people think that you should't have to pay for your animals?

    Personally, I think it is people's attitudes and expectations that need to change.

    I count myself extremely fortunate that I have a great relationship with my Vets. But, by the same token, I expect that my animals are going to cost me money in health care.
    I think you have got the wrong impression of me Anne. I did not say that I shouldn't have to pay for my animals. Jenna is insured, as was Holly and I am perfectly aware that they are going to cost money to look after. The reason I have insurance is because I never want money to be a factor when I am deciding whether or not to treat my dog. However, not everyone can afford insurance and my policy has a $100 excess.

    The idea of charging a 'short consult' fee was brought up on here and I was merely saying it was good idea for the simple things. A bit like going to the pharmacy for our kids when it's a simple problem. I was 99% sure Jenna had a simple case of conjuntivitis and I really just wanted a quick check to see if I was right and some drops/ointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    That's a very generous service they offer you. It must take time to respond to emails, not to mention the likelihood of a misdiagnoses and all for free.
    Yep, they're pretty terrific. In all the time I've been going to them, they haven't got it wrong once. They call me in if they're in doubt & of course I know to take my animals in when it's serious.

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    I'm happy with the fees & service provided by Floyd's Vet


    Floyd's nice Vet charges $45- for full consultation, ( no charge for follow up visit if for same prob) & the consultation price includes simple things such as anal gland emptying, nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning, flea & tick checks....

    $35- consultation fee if only going in for quick visit- yearly vacs, heart worm vacs etc


    Now here's a case of highway robbery, this is a copy of Zeppelin's 3hr Vet visit, my oh paid the account that arvo not realizing that "no" Euthanasia took place, Zep died naturally & in my arms/lap ... i did'nt even look at vet receipt until about 5 months after Zep died, & i was still too distraught to argue the costs etc with the Vet, i never went back to that Vet's again for obvious reasons.


    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 09-04-2009 at 12:26 PM.

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