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Postby eashanna » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:37 pm

since we are talking about vets, what do u guys think about Banfield. The vet inside petsmart? i think they have some sort of wellness plan where u pay sumthin like 100 for the first month, then 20 every month for like a year? but all shots, neuter, office visits (unlimited) etc come free. any ideas?

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Postby MsPsychotic » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:43 pm

Bear's original/first vet charged $50 for the initial exam (Professional Fee). She looked at him from across the room. A tech listened to his heartbeat. She set up appointments for his mange treatment. That was it. It wasn't a very welcoming visit.

Bear's new vet charged $42.50 for the initial exam (Professional Fee). She checked his mouth; ears; toes; eyes. Listened to his heart. Kissed his muzzle after listening to his heart. She gave him a treat for being so good. He got a piece of doggy jerky when we left the exam room for being well behaved.

So, we ended up paying less and getting quality service rather than being paid more just because we have a wallet. That's how I saw it.

Bear isn't a puppy. He's a year old. I've only had a puppy once and they're expensive, no doubt about it.

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Postby merriterrier » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:49 pm

Ahh, just another reason living BFE is great.

You are getting ripped off! lol

JK, That seems about in line with what I have paid in the city for vet care.

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Postby mtlu » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:23 pm

eashanna wrote:since we are talking about vets, what do u guys think about Banfield. The vet inside petsmart? i think they have some sort of wellness plan where u pay sumthin like 100 for the first month, then 20 every month for like a year? but all shots, neuter, office visits (unlimited) etc come free. any ideas?


I've never looked into Banfield but based on your info, that would be $340 a year. We just did Molly's annual vetting and it was about $250. I don't know if the Banfield works out to be a great deal or not. Also, my vet does the 3yr protocols for rabies and vaccines (except lepto/bordetella) so next year's annual visit will just be an exam and heartworm/fecal tests. We have taken her in twice in the past 12 months for skin/nail issues ($50 an exam) so it's not much different in cost overall.

We got her spayed from the shelter so that wasn't an expense we had to factor in but I imagine it would be a good deal if you have dog that needs speutering but there are low-cost/free options available in some areas for that.

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Postby Sariss » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:39 pm

The third exam they "tried to line you up with" is for their third and final booster, as well as rabies vaccine. I don't suggest putting that off, as many times if you do not get the whole series done in a certain amount of time, you will have to start all over again.

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Postby Murfins » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:50 pm

Wow, I WISH our vet expenses were that cheap. Vet care is WAY more expensive in Canada.

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Postby eashanna » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:25 pm

mtlu wrote:
eashanna wrote:since we are talking about vets, what do u guys think about Banfield. The vet inside petsmart? i think they have some sort of wellness plan where u pay sumthin like 100 for the first month, then 20 every month for like a year? but all shots, neuter, office visits (unlimited) etc come free. any ideas?


I've never looked into Banfield but based on your info, that would be $340 a year. We just did Molly's annual vetting and it was about $250. I don't know if the Banfield works out to be a great deal or not. Also, my vet does the 3yr protocols for rabies and vaccines (except lepto/bordetella) so next year's annual visit will just be an exam and heartworm/fecal tests. We have taken her in twice in the past 12 months for skin/nail issues ($50 an exam) so it's not much different in cost overall.

We got her spayed from the shelter so that wasn't an expense we had to factor in but I imagine it would be a good deal if you have dog that needs speutering but there are low-cost/free options available in some areas for that.


im asking coz a friend of mine is on the plan and everytime she pays, it gives hear like her total savings for being on the plan and shes saved over 2000 dollars.

when lexie got a hotspot, i went to Banfield. i paid 210 dollars. if she had been on the plan, i would have only paid like 35 for the medicines.

my dogs both have allergies so we frequent the vet. i dont know, just seems like a nice plan.

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Postby Red Chrome » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:36 pm

At the clinic I work at the first Vet visit is 53.00 for everything, the second is 48.00 for everything, 3rd is 48.00 and then the 4th and final is 53.00 BUT the last 3 sets you don't get exams unless you request them and then it is an extra 28.00. I personally do 4 sets of shots and the rabies.

Also......It is much more expensive for health testing....$500 for x-rays for hips, elbows and patellas. Cheap compared to other places. That quote is from an Orthopedic Specialist 2 hours away...you ahve to ahve a vet that knows what they're doing when it comes to health testing.

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Postby mrpps » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:44 pm

For puppies, I have for as long as I can remember, taken them in for an initial exam and first shots and any wormer that may be needed. I have always given all initial boosters myself, and taken them in for a second and final exam when they get their rabies shots.

My vet charges for what they actually do without any "professional fee" unattached to any actual service or product they perform or sell. Their fees for rabies, and other virus shots are similar to others listed here.

After puppyhood I take them in yearly for an exam, boosters, rabies, heartworm preventative supply, etc. Generally costs around $80-$120 including heartworm medication.

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Postby LCD » Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:54 pm

My first vet visit is going to be about $130... it's $69 for the visit and 1st set of shots but then I have to itemize the fecal, etc.... so looks like you're making out well... my next visit isn't for a month tho, not 2 weeks... and it will be a bit cheaper.

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Postby LilacDragon » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:01 pm

Jason wrote:sorry for the dp but I also wanted to ad, she had no clue what a spring pole or flurt pole was. And when I asked her about showing the dog she also seem lost and she said, she wasnt the person to talk to.



I am not a "pittie" person ( I joined because I try to be active in fighting BSL - I am a rottie person) and I have no clue about spring poles or flirt poles. I wouldn't expect my vet to know about carting harnesses though.

My vet is a chihuahua/labrador person - so I wouldn't ask his advice about showing either.

I do, however, expect my vet to be well educated and technologically prepared for diseases and illnesses that my dog is prone to or contracts.

Sounds like your vet bill is about average for services rendered, however.

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Postby SadiesHuman » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:02 pm

i also work at a vets office, and those prices are rather reasonable.

also - make sure to make your last appointment or else you will be starting ALL over with all the shots and exams. Then you'll be free until the next year, except if you plan on spaying/neutering.

If you are going to breeding, make sure this is an expense you want to deal with while having multiple puppies. From my understanding most decent breeders will at least give first shorts and dewormer. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think thats who it works)

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Postby HersheyBear » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:11 pm

eashanna wrote:since we are talking about vets, what do u guys think about Banfield. The vet inside petsmart? i think they have some sort of wellness plan where u pay sumthin like 100 for the first month, then 20 every month for like a year? but all shots, neuter, office visits (unlimited) etc come free. any ideas?


There have been a LOT of complaints all over the internet regarding Banfield.
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/banfield.html
There's a lot of problems with their various "plans".

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Postby LOVEMYPITTS » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:12 pm

You are all sooooo lucky! The vet I use charges $150 for initial visit/exam ($75 if the dog is a rescue Yeah she is BIG on rescuing instead of buying :inlove: ). I am willing to pay the high price because she is great with my dogs! My family has used her all my life. She is a friend of my family so I can call her at home with any questions I have about my pups. We even have pup play dates. Her APBT loves Rebel!

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Postby Circe » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:37 pm

I work at a vet, and that's roughly what we charge, with the sole exception of only charging for an office visit(professional fee) the first time we see the pup. We're also one of the cheapest vets around, according to many of our clients.

With regards to Banfield, you couldn't PAY me to take a goldfish there. I stay FAR away from any vet that works for a large corporation. According to my aunt, (who worked for an animal hospital that got bought out by one such corporation), profits are put waaay before the animals, and many times the staff is treated poorly. They tried to 'promote' her--it involved much less pay for much more work. Then, they wanted her to tell them which of the employees they could make the most money by firing. At that point, my aunt quit.


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