> > A friend on another group has a cat that may need medical attention,
> > but cannot afford avet.
> > I have suggested the localvetschools and the ASPCA as possible
> > places that might help. Were there any other suggestions I might
> > make?
> > The symptoms are that the 15 year old has started urinating in the
> > clothes basket and other places, but has never had a problem with the
> > litter box before.
> > Thanks very much.
> >Thanks for the replies, they were helpful.
> >She did dig up the money, got the vet to look. Of course, the vet said
> >there was nothing wrong (that's the good news) and here's a bill for $160
> >( that
> >was the bad news).
> >Which, in the end, is what she was hoping for. ?Paid off the bill, has
> >a healthy cat.
> Right. When an animal begins eliminating inappropriately, a checkup in in
> order. When people complain about "there's nothing wrong and here's a bill
> for $160" I generally think they probably should not have animals.
I don't mind paying for real services, but for that price, I would
expect a full ***work panel, and some medications for whatever was
found. Or a really expensive area. A simple checkup, which is what I
assumed the cat got, would be less than half that cost. That is why I
> As for what $160 will get you, it varies per vet, and I find it helpful to
> discuss money with the person I am making an appointment with, AND with the
> vet before they do anything. I want to know what things cost, and I want to
> be advised before anything is done. I have not yet said "no" to anything the
> vet suggested, but have had one vet that charged different amounts
> consistently for the exact same thing (a depo shot) and that sometimes
> charges an "office visit" fee and sometimes did not. One vet charged for an
> exam every single time I asked her to weigh the cat, and that was ALL she
> did. I take good care of my animals but am not giving any vet carte blanche
> after these recent experiences. Point: if the OP did not know what she was
> getting for what price, shame on her.
I tried a vet that was close to us when my dog had a small problem. It
turned out to be mange, which usually means a simple pill for
treatment. But my dog was a sheltie, and could not take that
medication. So, instead, she had to have a special treatment every
other week for 3 months. Same treatment each time, but different price
each time. At the end of it, it was clear they were preparing me for
a positive test result that would mean another 3 months of treatment.
The first two tests after month 1 and 2 were negative, and the hair
had all grown back in, so clearly the treatment had worked. I would
have changed vets during treatment except I had to buy the bottle of
special medicine that they had to special order. But I never went
back. My old vet (across town) has always been good. Last year, he
retired, but the two new vets are both great, and their prices have
remained reasonable. Their basic ***work is now done inhouse, and
doesn't cost any more, so the results are available faster.