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Sticker shock at the vet's

October 10th, 2016 at 12:51 pm

So instead of the vet just pulling the one tooth that was sticking out of Luther's mouth, he said he needed to pull 4 more. He also cleaned the other teeth.

I came home with antibiotics and pain meds.

The bill was $837.

I'm pretty upset about it. I compared the bill to Waldo's bill from 11 months ago when he had 6 teeth pulled and I see the vet raised his price on most of the itemized procedures by $10. The cleaning alone cost $150.

The vet is good. He went to Cornell, but these prices are ridiculous, plus it's a longer drive, about 15 minutes with a stressed out cat, and his office is small, not segregated between cats and dogs, and his 2 gray parrots are always screching, which just adds to the chaotic feel of every office visit.

I had stuck with this vet becus he was the one who cared for Waldo before I adopted him, so for the sake of continuity, I stayed with him.

But at this point I feel ready to try the local vet who's much closer to my home. He may not have the same nice bedside manner, but as long as his skills are there, I can't imagine he could be pricier.

6 Responses to “Sticker shock at the vet's”

  1. Jenn Says:

    Yikes! That is indeed expensive - your plan to change vets is reasonable. I think the screeching parrots after a car ride would push my cats over the edge...

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Ouch. I think looking for someone else is wise.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    A lot of costs will be similar between vets. Our dog was $1500 mostly because it's most expensive to put them under. The anesthesia and cost of "holding" them steady is the most expensive. We had 9 teeth and all these moles removed.

    Personally more than the cost the hardest part was worrying that I had killed our dog. Seriously the vet told us to stay by the phone because as pets age putting them under is risky. They could easily dose to much and you are stuck with a bill and no pet. Last September they recommended no oral surgery based on age and condition. Then in June they said I had no choice with a cracked tooth on a 15 year old dog. He's still alive.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    That is scary, living almost large. My cats were not anesthetized during these procedures. They were given a gas that rendered them pretty much unconscious and which I hope does not carry the same risks as anesthesia.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is a pretty penny! I just spent $166 on Baby, the patriarch of our furkids - just for a visit and blood work. (was told he's in great shape for 15)

  6. klarose Says:

    That's RIDICULOUS! The vet I go to/worked for only charges $75 for dog dental cleaning, and then I believe something like $40 for each tooth extracted. This does include anesthesia, and monitoring them. It's not THAT expensive to anesthetize animals, and sorry LivingAlmostLarge but they put you through the ringer. $1,500 is crazy.

    Yes, older pets are high risk during anesthesia. Glad he pulled through okay,

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