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Old 02-15-2014, 09:57 AM
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I'm starting to feel like I have a very expensive vet.

The everyday stuff is not bad at all but the more people I tell about his 2 teeth the more people are like WHAT???
but I went to TWO vets and both gave me the same estimate!

...maybe I should travel.
I mean I would personally love not to spend almost a months rent on his teeth lol
Cost of living is the issue here, i think. $1,500 is a months rent? For a one bedroom? I'm not saying the vet is cheap but definitely take cost of living into consideration. My rent is $550. I would die if my bill was $1,500.... or if my rent was!
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We routinely have dentals that are that expensive. I think the area is a huge factor.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:10 AM
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I need to call around.
This is madness.
I haven't needed to do a dental yet, but I was quoted around $2000-2500 to do a spay, teeth extraction (all of them), and remove one or both of Coconut's (RIP) eyes.
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Wow. I paid $350 for bloodwork and dental/excraction of 20 teeth for Billy last year. I couldn't imagine those prices!
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:53 AM
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I paid roughly $1500 per cat for dentals with full mouth rads, bloodwork, and extractions about a year ago. You have to take into account the area and the expertise.
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Cost of living is the issue here, i think. $1,500 is a months rent? For a one bedroom? I'm not saying the vet is cheap but definitely take cost of living into consideration. My rent is $550. I would die if my bill was $1,500.... or if my rent was!
lol yup, one bedroom...studio in fact. Don't move to the city unless you really really love it

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I paid roughly $1500 per cat for dentals with full mouth rads, bloodwork, and extractions about a year ago. You have to take into account the area and the expertise.
Honestly, I am starting to just think it's a boston thing. I called three private vets and the SPCA vet and all gave me around the same figures.

I love his vet, they are very good at what they do...

what I did not realize when I chose the vet from the top school with the coolest equipment and the fully licensed staff in the nice area with the pretty office is that ummm...
somebodies gotta pay for all that stuff
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:36 PM
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Cost of living is the issue here, i think. $1,500 is a months rent? For a one bedroom? I'm not saying the vet is cheap but definitely take cost of living into consideration. My rent is $550. I would die if my bill was $1,500.... or if my rent was!
Yeah that too. Rent for an apartment is about $700-800 and for a 3 bdrm house is around $1000.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:12 PM
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This... not including bloodwork and praying the surgery is only an hour.


although I stand corrected it's 1,174 (+250 for bloodwork) not 1,471.
but still.
ouch.

Do you guys really think I should keep looking and get more estimates?
I just choked.


That, plus bloodwork, would run you about $450-550 max. Maybe even less.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:30 PM
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It never hurts to ask around! It looks like they expect the procedure to take 90 mins - that third 3 figure charge is for "additional 30 mins".

I'd also call your vet office when you can listen sans price shock and ask for them to explain the process a bit more. Since he's only a year, I'd also ask if the cleaning part is actually needed or not - they may put that in there because most dogs would benefit from a full cleaning and it may not apply for him.

When Maggie had a 3 root molar extracted (carnassial), her procedure was only about $300 including everything because they ended up not charging me for a cleaning as the vet felt she didn't need one at that point. (That was in a city where rent for a 1500 sq ft single family home was about $1200/mo, too, btw)
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Summer's was 9 extractions + full cleaning+ x rays + blood work AND I asked for a different type of drug than usual for anesthesia. It was a little over $600, I believe.
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