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    Kristy.Maree, I've been going to this Vet for about 30 years, so that could be the reason... but from what I have observed of him {and his nurses too}, he's like that with everyone - a genuine animal lover who actually cares about what he's doing. He's a real credit to his profession.

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    Thank you Pinkest!

    The vet charges $65 per consult and 118 for the xrays. She gave Hooch an injection (that she only told us about when we were going to pay - she apparently did it at the xray room).
    My mum had xrays done 2 months ago - paid $70 not covered by medicare as she is not an Aussie citizen.
    My private doctor charges $65 per consult also before medicare rebate.
    I totally understand that they have to charge and they dont have to be cheap. However it makes me wonder how many people dont take their pets to the vet because it ends up being so expensive. Many people do not have insurance.

    Good luck Sean!

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    two hundred odd for xrays is cheap!

    We have to get Barney xrays on his hips and they are $470. However, they did say they will have to knock him out so maybe that is the difference.

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    humans can generally be expected to sit still enough for an xray when told, but critters tend to wriggle - hence the injection...

    I thought dog xrays were usually done under general anaesthetic - breathing tubes and everything. So not sure how they did it with only an injection... you could have got hip score xrays at the same time... but I bet that would have cost extra.

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    The injection was to stop nausea. xrays took 2 minutes one shot of his intestines.
    I guess it is normal from the replies but I guess as a new dog owner I was surprised how much one visit at the vet for something that is not too serious cost.
    Lucky I have dog insurance!

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    LOL Sean!! I just suppose the Vet is like majority of specialists out there!! I mean, they do need to make payments on their ferarri's and porsches!

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    xrays took 2 minutes one shot of his intestines.
    Did you see him sit still at all at the vet for 2 minutes or even 5 seconds? My dog is pretty calm at the vet - loves liver treats but not usually still enough for an xray.

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    Hooch is a calm dog but I doubt he would have volunteered laying down on the xray table. No idea how they did it.. but when we came back through the room to look at the results on the computer he did NOT want to get into that room again... (heart breaking). So no idea what went on there. But it was basically him going with the vet in, less than 5 minutes later he went out. She told us she gave him an injection called Cerenia for nausea while he was in there. I wish they let us to go in with him.

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    Sean - OMG, raping your wallet? I LOVE your descriptive use of the english language..cracks me up EVERYTIME! Hope that gorgeous hunk of a dog of yours is doing ok.

    Bunny, So sorry Hooch has been in the wars again, and yes, you do need to check that PDS everytime, there are some cunning little exclusions in there.
    When I saw your post re: swallowed objects i went to look as I was sure you could only claim once, but then saw you had already found it. But what I did see, that I must have missed was ...

    We will NOT PAY for any treatment to:

    "Treatment of any dog that is banned/restricted by any Australian government, Public or local Authority, or that is CROSSED with any banned or resticted breed or any American Pit Bull Terrier or crosses of these breeds" What the.......?

    This is Medibank, but most have the same PDS as they are from "hollands"

    I am with Medibank, I pay between $25,00 per month and $30.00 per month each, for my 4 dogs, with a $100,00 excess PER CONDITION, so no extra excess for repeat treatments for the same condition,not sure why they are a different cost as all the same breed. That is with a 10% discount as I also have human health insurance. It used to be 100%, but as each policy has renewed they put it down to 80%.

    I am also on the hunt for a new vet, mine left to have a baby and I dont like paying 200-300 each visit for the OWNER of the practice to say he dosent know, lets try this ridiculas tablet or that one, and oh, that lump in her mammary glands is PROBABLY nothing, lets just wait and see thanks for the 120.00.
    I also rang him to ask why his practice was taking 2-3 weeks to fill out the insurance forms for me to pick up and send to medibank who then take 1=2 weeks to pay (5-6 weeks waiting for payment)? he got really angry, saying they had no time to do them as they have other more important things to do.
    That maybe the case, but if they are to busy to do the forms....i feel they should not advertise they accept insurance clients...and let folks find another vet who is able to proccess the forms in a timely manner.
    I used to let them send them off but that was taking even longer so I started picking them up when they were done, and posting myself and he said.....well if you want them sent faster bring in a stamped and addressed envelope??? I said wtf....I just spent 1,700 with you THIS TIME and you want me to buy the 50cent stamp? I was a bit more polite than that as I havent found a better vet yet, but did tell him not everyone can afford to wait 5-6 weeks for that amount of money.

    Do you guys think thats acceptable seeing as they do get a lot more work from owners who insure and pay the bills rather than PTS?
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    I think the most important thing about a vet is the quality of their patient care. I don't really mind if they have crap people and business skills (ie don't know the value of keeping a good customer happy).

    But it is really hard to find a vet that knows what they're doing. I'm finding it hard - to get the same vet twice - ie someone who knows my dog and her (skin) problems. Which is frustrating. But there are lots of vets around here, and I know lots of people to ask for recommendations. There's even one who does agility in the same club as me. Her practice is very far away though.

    Maybe you could sneak in on the dark side and ask for recommendations in your area.

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