Vets bill

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Re: Vets bill

Post by aimlessdesire » Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:31 pm

I paid £100 to get a rat PTS at the emergency vet and that was about 2 years ago so I dread to think what it would cost these days.
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Post by hlcasey » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:25 pm

I had a rabbit put to sleep at the emergency vets on a Sunday evening and it was £130.00 and took two injections.

My Ivy had an eye removal and stitch up last year it was around the £80 - £100 mark. Generally for lump removals at our vets I have paid as little as £55 but more recently the last two (which were more complicated and had spread) where £98 each.
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Re: Vets bill

Post by HannahJ82 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:43 pm

I've spent thousands this year alone on my many rats. My mother, despite claiming to be an animal lover and has her own dog which is all wrong muscularly so always at the vet, complains all the time at me for spending "so much" on the rats.

She says it means I can't spend the money on "doing nice things" ... but before the rats came she would always make me feel bad for spending money on myself! :angry:
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Re: Vets bill

Post by a_wee_one » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:05 pm

I can't believe how much you guys get chargedfor lump removals. Chubbo has just come back from her 2nd. It was 24 quid initially, then i paid for baytril. This time i had the nice ratty vet and she charged 25 quid including baytril. Love love love my vets.
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Post by Beeratz » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:12 pm

I took two of my boys in on Monday as they were both a bit respy and for the consultation and two 15ml bottles of zithromax it was £75 :o it's a good job I've got a dedicated savings (ratty vet) account lol :)
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Re: Vets bill

Post by emily97 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:21 pm

Thank's for all the replies guy's! They have all been really helpful.
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Post by KellyTheCrazyRatLady » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:56 pm

i spent £203 on an emergency vets bill to save one of my 9 mon th old boys lives. he had a sudden onset of pneumonia and needed emergency care at 8pm on a sunday. i drove 45 mins to get to the vets. my mum found out and moaned about it. i had the comments about how they would have killed him for £10 etc etc. it saved laisrens life, he was only 9 months and had lots of life left to live so me saving it was the best i could do. and i would do it again for any of my boys. with my boys i have only had 2 operations. these are to remove 1 inch from eihbears tail, it cost £70-£80 and to have vanillas eye removed, it cost £89 with metacam added to the bill aswell. over the past 3 years of owning rats i have spent about £2000 on vets bills
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Post by Neotoma » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:58 am

Eye surgery on something rat sized is delicate and needs a certain amount of expertise - I'd expect something in the £100 range at least.

However I am really really grateful that my vets do their own out of hours stuff rather than contracting out. I had two out of hours visits in 3 days a few weeks ago - I was charged £45 for the first (which involved getting the vet out to the surgery at 11 pm, so can't complain), and nothing for the second, because the vet I saw had made a mistake booking me for an appointment the previous week, and felt guilty! PTS out of hours is usually about £30-40.
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Post by emily97 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:19 pm

Thank you KellyTheCrazyRatLady and Neotoma. :)
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Re: Vets bill

Post by MissBlackEyeliner » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:47 pm

The most expensive time I've ever paid at the vets was for my Spoon! I took him the emergancy vets, that cost £180 and then when I got home, he got worse and then on my pay back to put him to sleep he died!
It was worth paying for it because of my poor little baby, but I always just think, they are helping small animals in need, do they have to charge that much for that

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Re: Vets bill

Post by emily97 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 pm

Thank's for your reply.
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Post by Neotoma » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:59 pm

MissBlackEyeliner wrote:The most expensive time I've ever paid at the vets was for my Spoon! I took him the emergancy vets, that cost £180 and then when I got home, he got worse and then on my pay back to put him to sleep he died!
It was worth paying for it because of my poor little baby, but I always just think, they are helping small animals in need, do they have to charge that much for that

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It is rumoured that many companies specialising in out of hours care (i.e.the ones the normal vets contract out to), are owned by investment firms - which also means the underlying driving aim is maximising profit - the vets firms are just one business in a portfolio of all sorts of investments.

The good thing about the one I use is that they are owned by the partners, and the entire aim of the business is to provide a good quality vetinary service to the clients. They still aim to make a profit obviously, but it's a profit to keep the practice healthy and safe (i.e. invest in kit, more specialist vets etc), not a profit for the sake of pocketing it and swanning off to the caribbean. Hence the out of hours service, whilst not peanuts, is reasonably affordable, because they recognise that clients of all types need to be able to access emergency treatment when needed.

I think that's the main difference between good and bad management of this sort of thing. The good guys want a profit to be able to maintain their business. The bad guys want a business to maintain the maximum profit.
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Re: Vets bill

Post by KellyTheCrazyRatLady » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:04 pm

my vet did say it would be expensive so i was thinking around £150-£200 but when i went to pay they said £70ish i was very surprised. they are a very small practice and i trust my vet 100%, he is a dog and cat vet but knows about rats aswell.
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Re: Vets bill

Post by lilspaz68 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:09 pm

I have read about entropion surgery for dogs (thank you James Herriot!) where the lashes are actually in the eye rubbing and causing the eye to ulcerate, so they cut a little crescent-shaped piece out of the eyelid, and sew the edges of skin together to pull the eyelid/irritating eyelashes up and out of the eye. I have never heard of this happening for a rat. I am not sure of pricing in your neck of the woods, but as the eye itself is not truly involved its more like a strange skin repair/tightening up of the eyelid :P

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Re: Vets bill

Post by Neotoma » Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:30 am

My vet is considering it on one of mine (we can't decide if it's likely enough to help to be worth the risk, as it's not an eyelash problem, but the rim of the eye-socket is rolled in in places) - apparently it's not very common on rats but can be done.

I heard of it thanks to James Herriot as well...
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