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    Question Veterinary Care Expenses

    Do you think there would be less cases of animal neglect/cruelty if veterinary care was cheaper?
    I know a lot of people are just cruel but the other end where it was preventable or curable with a trip to the vet.

    What prompted this thought for me was Kimba. She was attacked by either mozzies or sand flies the other day and her whole back is covered in little lumps and sores and then today she started limping. Her foot is red all between the pads and she keeps licking it.

    I have to call around at vets tomorrow to see if I can find one I can either pay off or in a week or 2 pay everything. My car needs to be fixed and registered in a month and along with the rest of everyday expenses I just don't have anything left over. I am hoping I can borrow money off my mum.
    But it made me think of those people who do not have that option.

    What happens when your dog is sick or hurt and you cannot afford the vet bills?(you have to admit they are expensive)

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    My vets have always always ALWAYS given me accounts - the only difference was when I used an emergency centre when flash had bloat - they wanted the money BEFORE they treated him. My regular time vets have always done accounts - I owe $270 right now as Cappy has been very ill - still it. Not his fault he is sick the wrong side of payday!! I spend an average of $100-200 a month on vets I reckon. Such is the joy of older dogs.

    Lack of adequate vet care is inexcusable and also breaks the laws which state that an animal must be looked after to a certain standard.

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    Looking at it from the Vet's point of view they have to supply specialised equipment for surgery etc. that is very expensive. Drugs used for both animals and people are also more expensive when prescribed for animals. I know a lot of rich Vets but many don't make a great profit (after expenses) on the average consultation.

    I agree with you. Vets are expensive. Certainly if I ever have another Deerhound I would be getting pet insurance as they are prone to bloat, cardiomyopathy, osteosarcoma etc.

    The best thing to do is establish a rapport with a Vet you like and trust. Then if you are short of cash they are usually happy to let you pay it off.

    You can't blame a Vet who doesn't know you if he demands cash up front. I know a number of Vets who have lost a lot of money through first time clients who receive a service and never pay for it.

    Some animal shelters have a Vet clinic attached. These often offer reduced fees, particularly for basics like desexing and vaccinations. If there is one near you perhaps they could help.

    I wish you luck in finding a Vet who will let you pay it off. There are some out there.

    Hope all goes well with Kimba.

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    I really don't feel that Vets are expensive at all. Compared to human medical costs, Vets charge a pittance.

    There are many options for people who want to own pets. Insurance, regular savings for that unexpected cost.

    The fact is, owning pets costs money. These are not 'hidden' costs. If you own a dog you surely must expect that you will incur Veterinary costs at some point? Surely dog owners don't stick their heads in the sand and think that their dogs will never succumb to an illness, disease or accident?

    Most Vets will negotiate in my view. Talk to them. Offer at least some money upfront and and a plan to pay weekly and this will most often work with any creditor.
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    I know in a perfect world we'd always have enough put aside to cover vet emergencies, but life is so unpredictable, and bills tend to lump up at once!

    If you go to the same vet all the time you'll build a rapport with them. Then if you get stuck and need an account or payment plan it's much easier for them to make the decision.

    Vet practices are expensive to run, and I don't think all vets are millionares!

    Dentist bills are the same - I've been doing some nasty ones with my human kids - ouch!!

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    Here is me complaining about vet care and my daughter comes home from Daycare sick, covered in a bumpy rash head to toe (like execema) I called the Drs surgery and the next appointment for a 3 year old is NEXT Thursday!

    I took her to the hospital instead and waited for 4 hours. They were actually asking people to go and come back later! We were the only ones who weren't asked to leave.

    I called the Vet today and was asked when I wanted to appointment. Its a shame they don't treat kids too! Its easier to have my dog treated than it is for my kids! Kimba is booked in for Friday. I don't have anyone to watch the kids until then and No way would I attempt to leave the house with 2 sick kids a dog!

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    That's really crap isn't. Next Thursday for a baby, good dog! The health system for humans is pathetic at times.

    I hope your daughter is ok.
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    Wow Sharoo...that is truely ridiculous with the GP and a sick child!!!
    Not good at all I hope your daughter gets well soon.

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    Makes me soooo angry! I've always said that my dogs get better medical care then us. The system sucks alot of the times!
    Hope your little girl gets better real soon!

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    It's true about keeping the same vet though....I stick with 2 vets....one being my local vet and the other being a 24/7 vet and both will accept an account (payoff method) as I'm a reg, relieble customer

    I for one...sure as heck don't have any spare cash ever..so it's good to have a vet that will accept payments.

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