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I had to take Lady to the vet Friday. I thought she was getting a cataract - the whole lens of her eye turned cloudy gray. Turns out it was uveitis, an inflamation behind the cornea that is treatable. Yippee! Four years with diabetes and she still has her vision. Most diabetic dogs go blind withing the first 8 months after diagnosis.

Of course, I was thrilled, but had real sticker shock when I saw the bill. I expected it to be up there since she had a thorough eye exam, glaucoma test, eye stain, etc., but it was the basic office charge that floored me. It's up to $45! Ouch!

I am just curious what all of you pay for the basic office visit and what area of the country you are in. (I'm in Raleigh, North Carolina)
 

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I have paid $30 & $32 here in Texarkana, TX with follow-ups being $16.50 and $18.55. (2 different vets)
 

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I've never gotten out of the vet's for less than $75. Usually there is some sort of test/booster/extra service involved. I don't know what the basic charge is, but I imagine it's around $50.
 

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around $42 or $45 ... i forget ....the specialist place i took kodie was $80 just to have the appointment.. PLUS any treatments.
 

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Looking back over Pico's records I see a charge of $27 for a Medical Progress Exam a couple of times but all other visits were only charged for medication, vacine or service rendered. So I guess I am not charged an office visit with a diagnosis, only with a routine exam. Hmmm. And my vet is a high profile vet here in SAn Antonio.....now I see why. He's fair!
 

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Originally posted by saltymalty@Oct 24 2005, 01:11 PM
I've never gotten out of the vet's for less than $75.  Usually there is some sort of test/booster/extra service involved.  I don't know what the basic charge is, but I imagine it's around $50.
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I never get out for under $100. There is always something extra, as you say!

This is when I'm glad I only have one! Lady also needs another dental which will set me back about $200. I can't imagine doubling all these costs! Those of you with two close in age better start saving now. Just like with people, just the annual costs of maintaining an older dog (bloodwork, dentals, eye exams) is expensive.

Of course, it is worth every penny. As my mom says, "an ounce of preventation is worth a pound of cure". Even with all her health issues, Lady's teeth are gorgeous at age 10 and I am just so thrilled that her eyes are still so healthy!
 

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Basic office visit alone is $32-$35, more on Saturdays or if you are a walk in. I'm in Lubbock, TX. Everytime I've gone to the vet for anything other than vaccinations I've never gotten out under $100. The last two times I've had to take Tuffy to the vet it's been over $150. One of those times was a total waste because they refused to run tests on him despite my constant asking and the vet ended up giving him medication to treat a problem he didn't even have! So $195 later he was still sick as before. I changed vets after that and the new vet ran tests, diagnosed him correctly, gave him medication and finally got him fixed up and all that was about $150.
 

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The office visit is $40 for me here in MA. When I have appts for both boys they only charge me one office visit. Of course, I've never walked out of there without spending more that $100. I have a savings account for the boys for the future. I pay for their visits now out of my pocket.
 

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The basic office vist at my Vet is $30.00 but by the time we are through it's always $100.00. My vet gives a "free bag" of treats with each visit. I call them the $100.00 dollar treats


Just out of curiosity I added up what the first six months Vet expenses have been for Ty, all his shots, neuter, teeth pulled , flea stuff, heart worm, an hysterical mother visit or two............... so far we've spent $952.75 at the vets!!! :eek: Nobady said these babies were cheap!!!
 

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Originally posted by Mystify79@Oct 24 2005, 01:56 PM
Basic office visit alone is $32-$35, more on Saturdays or if you are a walk in.  I'm in Lubbock, TX.  Everytime I've gone to the vet for anything other than vaccinations I've never gotten out under $100.  The last two times I've had to take Tuffy to the vet it's been over $150.  One of those times was a total waste because they refused to run tests on him despite my constant asking and the vet ended up giving him medication to treat a problem he didn't even have!  So $195 later he was still sick as before.  I changed vets after that and the new vet ran tests, diagnosed him correctly, gave him medication and finally got him fixed up and all that was about $150.
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I LOVE Tuffy's pictures!! As my granddaughter says "He looks HOT!"
 

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$35 for the basic exam (Wichita Falls, TX). I love my vet, Harley was spayed Wednesday and then Bella had an appointment Thursday, so I feel like I've been camping out there or something, but they're really nice. I think if you trust your vet, sometimes the price doesn't seem as bad, even if it does make me flat out broke for a few weeks
 

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One vet I use only charges me $15.00 I try to go to him most the time he did the c-section and was very reasonable to. but he is not there but couple days a week. The other vet I use and have to drive quite a ways charges $35 for a visit.
I live in Oklahoama
 

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A regular office visit is $16.00. The last bill I have is for Spencer Cat's visit and blood chem. The blood test was 38.00.
 

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i think our office visit is about 35.00 but i never get out that cheap
 

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Basic office visit = $0.00. He only charges if he finds something wrong and even then, it's just the for the medication. The dogs and I have trooped in there numerous times and left without paying a thing. Sometimes I feel guilty and buy a dog snack or a little dog outfit, but not that often as he doesn't have a good selection and I already own most of what he sells.
 

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Our vet charges $20 for the visit and then there are the add ons like, meds, shots, fecal checks etc. Fortunately we haven't had to take Scooby for more than the normal checks. We are in rural Illinois.
 

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They charge us 60 go 65 dollers when enter the door , we have not even told them the problem yet. Then they add the meds and the treatment after that. We alway pay 150 and up.
The chepest visit I every had was getting chelsey stitiches out.. I thoght that would be an arm and leg, so I save up money. Well they only charged 25$... I went shoping the following week

When we heave to bring in the two puppies we are looking 300.00 . It's a real killer..

I'm glad lady is ok.

I forgot to mention that we live in canada
 

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Gosh, I have paid anything from $30 to $45 depending on who you go to. But just like everyone else said, I have yet to walk out just paying that (its always more -- usually around $100). I just want to reiterate again how much I love Petcare. They have been covering everything for us (UTIs, retesting and testing for recurrent UTI, non-ending ear infections, allergies, rashes, torn off nails -- anything and everything). And with all these problems, we had multiple vet visits, different medications for same problems and everything has been covered. Yes, you do have to pay up front, but it all gets reimbursed. I love it!!!!
 

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It's $41.50 for an office call. Today we walked out after getting a flea bath, Frontline Plus 6 pack (included 1 free so actually a 7 pack), Knockout Area Treatment and fecal float for $199.06.
But, she and the house will be flea free after a couple of days!!


Glad to hear Lady doesn't have a cataract!
 
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