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    We always go to the same vet but the one that does let us pay it off is so expensive and instead of going in with a sore paw and getting t treated they bombard you with everything they could possibly offer you. The other vet my dad wasn't happy with the care the other provided for our last dog Beau, he suffered a lot rather than being put straight to sleep. (Vets said they would kept him overnight and see how he went)

    We were at the expensive one quite a bit with him. He had really bad skin and then old age problems.but mum and dad always could afford it.
    Our foxy x only went to the vets 4x in 19 years. Beau accidently bit her and she had a big tooth mark in her head, nails filed, a tick and then lastly had some dental stuff (teeth pulled and cleaned)

    Kimbas paw is still bad, I put a pad on the bottom of her paw and wrapped it up with a bandage then put one of the kids odd socks over it to stop her licking it and to try and keep it clean.
    I will admit it was quite funny watching her walk with the sock on. She was flicking her leg right out, but as soon as she forgot about it she was running around normal again. Vets tomorrow.

    My daughter is so much better, she was really in the wars, She had bad ezcema, an allergic reaction, a throat infection and a kin infection (from the ezcema) Imagine what all that would be like if left untreated for that long (this time next week) Her skin is clearing up and shes a lot happier and I'm sure her skin feels a lot better!

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    Good to hear your baby is on the way to recovery. Children can be so worriesome at times.

    I adore my Vets. I have known Keith and David for more than 20 years. I once worked with them as a Vet Nurse and then, a few years after I left, they actually went into partnership and purchased the clinic from our former employer.

    I am on the phone to them sometimes up to 3 times a day with rescues coming in! They really help me in every way they can. They'll tell me straight up if I am barking up the wrong tree and I can tell them if I think they are off base with their diagnoses.

    I know that if ever I needed emergency help they would help me without batting an eye lid knowing that when I was able to, I would pay them. I have never ever let them down yet and I never will. It is a mutual trusting and respectful relationship.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    $800 so far without answers. Vet has been ace - will pay them off over the next couple of months

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    We have seen the same Vet for over 20 years ( apart from when she had a career break to have a baby ). She always looks after us for which we are grateful..

    Today we took Kuro in for a check and she does not charge for new pups getting checked out. How many vets would say to you when asking about dog food that "You should get brand x at the supermarket because our dog food is rediculously (over)priced"

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    We have had Dozer for just over 2 months now and he has cost us a buket load already.

    He came down with a stomach bug and kennel cough within the first 2 weeks of us picking him up from the animal shelter. And now we just found out that it is highly possible he will need surgery in the next month to remove his ball joint in one of his legs - which will be around $1200. Having just bought a house and doing renovations there is not much spare change. I have actually got pet insurance for him - i thought it was a bit silly to begin with but for $400 he is covered for illness and injury. There is still a excess to pay but its not quite as bad a the vet bill!

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    As part of owning a dog, or any animal, you are responisble for their healthcare, no matter how expensive.
    Dont have the money?
    Maybe you dont have the money to own a dog.
    Roly came out of a two day and two night vet trip, and wacked up a big bill of $1021.
    Yeah, it probly is a little over priced, but im not complaining.
    Hospitals are expensive too, but no one denys medical treatment for your child lets say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Dont have the money?
    Maybe you dont have the money to own a dog.
    I think this is a little bit harsh. Surely you are not saying only the wealthy should own pets? Not everyone has a spare $3000 lying around if their healthy dog suddenly comes down with GDV for example.

    Of course you will find the money somehow even if you have to beg and borrow, although it's best to draw the line at stealing.

    Hospitals are expensive too, but no one denys medical treatment for your child lets say.
    Public hospitals are free. I've never heard of a free Veterinary hospital currently operating in Australia, although there was once free Vet care available for the needy many years ago.

    Lots of Vets are very understanding about unforseen expenses. Others are simply out for what they can get. This is why it's always best to get to know your Vet before an emergency occurs.

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    If you dont have the money for proper health care, then you cant own a dog. There is no excuse for holding off emergency vetanarian assitence.
    Yeah, you can borrow money or come up with some deal, but if you dont take your dog to a vet because you dont have the money, thats where the problem occurs.
    I dont have money lying around, but I am prepared to pay however much is needed because I am responisble for my pets and they deserve as much treatment as us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    As part of owning a dog, or any animal, you are responisble for their healthcare, no matter how expensive.
    Dont have the money?
    Maybe you dont have the money to own a dog.

    Hospitals are expensive too, but no one denys medical treatment for your child lets say.
    I am well aware of the costs involved in owning a dog. Last week I didn't have the money. When we got Kimba I had spare cash but now everything is getting more expensive and most is gone. I would never let Kimba suffer.
    The OP was about a thought that i had when I was thinking about asking my mum for money.
    What would people with no money do? Maybe that if there was a free/cheap vet a lot of animals wouldn't suffer or end up as neglected if there was something available.
    For Example on another website, a ladies cat was hit by a car. She dropped it off at the Rspca as a stray as it was cheaper to re-adopt it than pay for its vet bills. (Lots of Nasty things were said to her)

    As for denying medical care for a child, I said its easier to fix my dog up than it is my kids! Kimba had a 2 day wait yet Brooke had at least a week until the next available appointment.

    Both my girls are now fine.
    Brookes legs have dramatically improved and Kimbas sore foot was like an ingrown hair/callous thing and they told me to put a bandage or sock to stop her licking. Her bites are an allergic reaction and she also started coughing the night before (almost sounded like choking and she was put on a course of antibiotics and had an anti-inflammatory needle. It was a lot cheaper than I expected ($113) but I went to a different Vet so that might be why.
    I think this Vet will be 'our' vet now.
    They were really nice and gave me a lot more options on what they could do, rather than just telling me and giving me the bill.

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    Yeah I understand.
    But if there was a cheaper vet, a fully qualified vet wouldnt wanna work there when they can work somewhere else and get full pay.
    And the more expensive vets would probly run out of business because everyone would be at the cheap one.
    I dont mind too much because my dogs arn't regurlars in there anyway!

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