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Old 01-02-2010, 10:11 PM
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And the thing about the cost of the treatment only being $100 is bullshit, flat out. You may have taken the medical supplies into account but not the cost of the clinic and equipment that's required to utilize those supplies.
Well, yes if you would like to get technical about it. It would cost more than that. But if they are just putting the dog down and it spending a total of not more than a half hour in the facility...I don't think that the cost of rent and utilities and equipment and etc can come into play. Even for a surgery and an overnight stay would add to that much in cost of all the extras other than supplies.

At least the vet that I work for can afford it, because an emergency that doesn't get paid for doesn't happen that often. Probably only once a year. Guess it depends on the person and where they are at financially.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:36 PM
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Well, yes if you would like to get technical about it. It would cost more than that. But if they are just putting the dog down and it spending a total of not more than a half hour in the facility...I don't think that the cost of rent and utilities and equipment and etc can come into play. Even for a surgery and an overnight stay would add to that much in cost of all the extras other than supplies.
But it's not a technicality. It's a cost of business. It's a cost that needs to be included in every procedure, including euthanasia's, or else the vet may not be able to pay their next set of bills. So even for a half hour spent euthanising the animal and letting the clients grieve, the sunk costs, opportunity costs, and associated costs (bills) involved in that have to be accounted for because it's a business first and foremost and can't run if they just disregard those costs.

And again, the vet could have stabilized the animal with a shot of a pain killer while the animal was transported to another vet, yet the owners didn't elect to do that. Also, maybe there was some other reason for them refusing the euthanasia that the vet didn't disclose? Or the story teller didn't disclose to make it more sensational? One day we had to cancel and move all our surgeries onto other vets in the area for the day because a technician dropped the bottle of Isofluorane (a $200 bottle at that) and it shattered on the floor and our replacement bottle (which was already on order) wasn't due to arrive until the next day.

It may not be a devil vet refusing to euthanize the animal because they're morally demonic like people in the thread would like to believe. Instead, perhaps he simply couldn't do it because the anesthetic he uses to OD the animal wasn't available, he was out of it, or some other viable reason.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:38 PM
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But it's not a technicality. It's a cost of business. It's a cost that needs to be included in every procedure, including euthanasia's, or else the vet may not be able to pay their next set of bills. So even for a half hour spent euthanising the animal and letting the clients grieve, the sunk costs, opportunity costs, and associated costs (bills) involved in that have to be accounted for because it's a business first and foremost and can't run with such losses.
Like I posted earlier, I guess it depends on the financial stability of the vet for them to decide whether they can take on unpaid emergency visits.
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:54 PM
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IMO a vet in that situation should PTS a suffering animal (when there are no other alternatives). I think it's the humane thing to do and I can't imagine that it's a big out of pocket cost. If for some reason the vet was then flooded with euthanasia requests, then perhaps the office would need to reevaluate, but for this instance, I think it's the right thing to do.

I don't think a vet should be required to do anything more than alleviate acute, immediate suffering. And maybe "required" is the wrong word -- but I think that they should.

Realistically, veterinary practices would sell their debts to a collection agency and see cents on the dollar (if anything, as a lot of these people are probably judgment proof).
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My vet's clinic has a sign " Payments due upon service " , but I doubt they would turn away a suffering animal .
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