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    hi all i took my cat to the vets sat to check her eye out, so he gave me some cream then told me to pay on the way out. I nearly fell over when the lady asked me for 39 pounds i thought it would be half that, no wonder there is so many sick animals out there! So my question is for all you pet owners was it more expensive cause it was a sat??? my bill said £10 something for the cream then £28 something for cat consaltation ...

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    No extra charge for a weekend as far as I know! Costs us £29 just to put our dog on the table!

    Depends on the Vet. Animal consultation at ours is £16 regardless of day, breed, type etc.

    Keeping you pet healthy isnt cheap we know - Believe it or not - Drugs arnt cheap.

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    Bigpoppaad;6903251

    Keeping you pet healthy isnt cheap we know - Believe it or not - Drugs … Keeping you pet healthy isnt cheap we know - Believe it or not - Drugs arnt cheap.



    the cream was only a tenner which i dont mind paying however if it costs nearly 30 pounds just for a five min consaltation then now i can understand why so many people cant afford to take them to the vets

    Our cat had some teeth out last week. Bill came to £246.65.

    Make sure you have pet insurance, its pays off in the end. . .

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    Syzable;6903226

    Depends on the Vet. Animal consultation at ours is £16 regardless of day, … Depends on the Vet. Animal consultation at ours is £16 regardless of day, breed, type etc.



    it said it was with the locum and they were only open 3-5 so this is why im wondering did it cost more cause it was out of hours sort of like maybe emergency appointment??

    steve1221;6903366

    Our cat had some teeth out last week. Bill came to £246.65.Make sure you … Our cat had some teeth out last week. Bill came to £246.65.Make sure you have pet insurance, its pays off in the end. . .



    Our Cat had bladder stones stuck in his pipes...........had to have all his male bits removed, just survived, is now a girl cat and the bill was just over £3000. :shock:

    Thanks again PetPlan :-D

    bellows;6903380

    it said it was with the locum and they were only open 3-5 so this is why … it said it was with the locum and they were only open 3-5 so this is why im wondering did it cost more cause it was out of hours sort of like maybe emergency appointment??



    Possibly. :-(

    We are lucky as our vet lives above the surgery so doesn't charge extra for out of hours etc as they are there anyway.

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    BabySmurfette;6903219

    No extra charge for a weekend as far as I know! Costs us £29 just to put … No extra charge for a weekend as far as I know! Costs us £29 just to put our dog on the table!



    i think its disgusting that its that much, no wonder so many pets dont have a home. I could understand a tenner but not nearly 30 quid especially in these times maybe if they lowered the price there wouldn be so many abandaned animals and all the rescue places wouldn be so packed out

    £30 consultation fee is normal....unwarranted rant,try pdsa next time

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    i dont have pet insurance as you still have to pay first 50 or 100 to start with and my cats are indoor cats so alot less chance of needing it. What i have been doing for last few months is putting a tenner a month into a web saver incase of vets visits but i didnt realise it was so expensive.listening to all your stories im now getting worried maybe i should just get pet insurance

    At the end of the day vets dont spend 7 years in university to offer a cut priced service!!

    This is bad, but if you struggle to pay, you can always take you animal to your local PDSA who will do the work for free, and you can give a donation. (this is right in my area, not sure about everywhere else) -

    And also, even though they are not as good as independent vets, the companion care vet in Pets at home stores are usually cheaper.

    Owning a pet is very expensive, luckily I was insured because they had my dog in for 2 nights, a few tests and some anti biotics, £1300 later.

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    boothy;6903453

    £30 consultation fee is normal....unwarranted rant,try pdsa next time



    so you believe this is a fair price for pet owners to pay?

    bellows;6903482

    i dont have pet insurance as you still have to pay first 50 or 100 to … i dont have pet insurance as you still have to pay first 50 or 100 to start with and my cats are indoor cats so alot less chance of needing it. What i have been doing for last few months is putting a tenner a month into a web saver incase of vets visits but i didnt realise it was so expensive.listening to all your stories im now getting worried maybe i should just get pet insurance



    I would. :thumbsup: Just as likely to get ill whether they are indoor or outdoor.

    bellows;6903495

    so you believe this is a fair price for pet owners to pay



    yes,for a highly trained professional to look at my pet it is very fair

    PDSA is the equivalent of NHS for pets,normal vets is private care....you get what you pay for....get pet insurance

    my advice dont have pets lol, just an extra expense for no reason

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    aircanman;6903486

    At the end of the day vets dont spend 7 years in university to offer a … At the end of the day vets dont spend 7 years in university to offer a cut priced service!! This is bad, but if you struggle to pay, you can always take you animal to your local PDSA who will do the work for free, and you can give a donation. (this is right in my area, not sure about everywhere else) - And also, even though they are not as good as independent vets, the companion care vet in Pets at home stores are usually cheaper. Owning a pet is very expensive, luckily I was insured because they had my dog in for 2 nights, a few tests and some anti biotics, £1300 later.



    i think you have to be on benifits to get free care i work full time so i wouldn be eligible for it

    bellows;6903520

    i think you have to be on benifits to get free care i work full time so i … i think you have to be on benifits to get free care i work full time so i wouldn be eligible for it



    Ah, gutted. Ok.

    More than did insurance, and I signed up with quidco and got £40 cashback. Not bad.

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    boothy;6903526

    http://www.pdsa.org.uk/eligibility.html



    To be eligible, pet owners need to live within the defined catchment area of a PDSA PetAid hospital or PetAid practice and must be receiving financial help with their housing costs through either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit. This means that one in five UK households is eligible for help by PDSA

    i work full time and dont recieve any benifits so im not eligible

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    whatsThePoint;6903605

    Fair has nothing to do with it, Its the going rate just like anything … Fair has nothing to do with it, Its the going rate just like anything else in lifeWould you buy a new car then complain you can't afford the cost of running it



    what i am getting at now i know it is the going rate is that in my view i think the consaltation fee is too high with the way things are at the moment there are so many animals without homes and it the past year this has increased so much with the credit crunch pet owners are finding it hard to care/feed their animals so i was just surprised the fee was very high. When someone buys a new car they know the cost of running it however i believe most people who get pets dont realise how much everything costs which is proved by the lastest figures of pet owners who have had to give their pet up as they cant afford it

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    aircanman;6903550

    Ah, gutted. Ok. More than did insurance, and I signed up with quidco … Ah, gutted. Ok. More than did insurance, and I signed up with quidco and got £40 cashback. Not bad.



    cheers im just gonna have a look at that is it quite easy to claim on the insurance???

    no thats about right.

    My vets charge £28 for consultations, a set price.

    When she had a dry patch on her coat we thought she may have a ring worm as the neigbours cats are always in our garden, and they can spread it. So we took her to the vets, who looked at her literally for a minute and said it was not a ring worm just a dry patch and that he could provide a shampoo for it. I dint even think to ask how much it would be, but walked out with a bill over £60, for a 1 minute consulation and small bottle of shampoo.

    My fault as i should have asked about prices, but i never expected it to be so high.


    Edit: For my pet rabbit

    I have a Bull Mastif and have spent thousand of ££££ on vets fees but i look at it as my dog is part of my family and would not think twice about spending another load of money on keeping her in good health.
    You sould have insurance if you are going to have a problem when vets fees come in,because if you are unhappy with a bill of £39 then god help you if you have any real problems with your pet.

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    s_paul;6903825

    no thats about right.My vets charge £28 for consultations, a set … no thats about right.My vets charge £28 for consultations, a set price.When she had a dry patch on her coat we thought she may have a ring worm as the neigbours cats are always in our garden, and they can spread it. So we took her to the vets, who looked at her literally for a minute and said it was not a ring worm just a dry patch and that he could provide a shampoo for it. I dint even think to ask how much it would be, but walked out with a bill over £60, for a 1 minute consulation and small bottle of shampoo.My fault as i should have asked about prices, but i never expected it to be so high.



    yep my point exactly people dont realise how expensive these things are when they get a pet which is why so many are givin up i was expecting it to be no more then 15 pounds for the consaltation fee

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    tara1082;6903834

    I have a Bull Mastif and have spent thousand of ££££ on vets fees but i lo … I have a Bull Mastif and have spent thousand of ££££ on vets fees but i look at it as my dog is part of my family and would not think twice about spending another load of money on keeping her in good health. You sould have insurance if you are going to have a problem when vets fees come in,because if you are unhappy with a bill of £39 then god help you if you have any real problems with your pet.



    i wouldn begrudge paying anything for my cats for operations and drugs etc but i was just surprised at how much they charge for a 5 min consaltation thats all

    Having a pet is an expensive business. My advice would be only buy a pet if you can afford to look after it, and take out insurance in case you need it.

    When you pay for a vet consulation, that money isn't just going into the vet's pocket - it is paying for the lease, utilities, nursing staff, receptionist, equipment costs, professional fees, consumables.........the list goes on.

    To be fair, you probably pay about the same per consultation when you go to see your GP - you just don't notice it, as is being paid for by your NI and taxes, rather than coming out of your back pocket.

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    I got charged £32 for a 5 mins work. They only weighed my rabbit and checked his teeth but said it was a standard charge. Never went back and now found a vet that is excellent and doesn't have rip off fees.

    As for tara1082's comments. Its nothing to do with how much you spend on your pets or how much you love them getting a rip off charge. I've spent a fortune at my new vets for operations and everything but I am happy to pay it as I know they price fairly and don't try rip customers off

    bellows;6903419

    i think its disgusting that its that much, no wonder so many pets dont … i think its disgusting that its that much, no wonder so many pets dont have a home. I could understand a tenner but not nearly 30 quid especially in these times maybe if they lowered the price there wouldn be so many abandaned animals and all the rescue places wouldn be so packed out



    I think its disgusting that people keep pets, and cannot afford their veterinary care.
    If you cant afford the vet bills, you cant afford the pet.

    Vet fees are completely ridiculous.. consultation at ours is £27 - no matter what happens.

    we lost our cat a couple of months ago, at the till, were charged £400 - because we had an xray and some bloods done... then just as we were paying, someone mentioned how we were taking him home... oh do you need a box?... that'll be £20...
    Already horribly upset, the choice was carry our dead cat, for everyone to see, out to the car. Or pay £20 for a flimsy cardboard box. I was about ready to murder someone.

    Having said that, he was a fairly trouble free cat, cant have been to the vet more than twice, for minor things. The cost of insurance every year for 14 years would have been 10 times that.

    £39 isn't expensive? unless you're very poor?

    You can get pet medicines off the internet cheaper than the vets will be. Just ask your vet for a prescription and then you send this to the internet company.

    It used to be law that the vet couldn't charge you for this prescription but I know that was due to change to a 'fair' amount which would be monitored.

    We used to have to buy metacam and fortikor and saved about £20 a month buying from the internet. The only stipulation was that our dog had a check up at the vets every 3 months and they only gave you a 1 month prescription at a time, so you had to ring each month.

    But all you then do is find companies that accept faxed or scanned copies of the prescription and order from 2 or 3 each month.

    dataload;6904784

    £39 isn't expensive? unless you're very poor?



    Expense is relative.

    Buy a £3000 pedigree dog known to have breeding issues then £39 should be pocket change.

    Rescue a dog from a centre and be charged £39 for it to be 'looked at' is expensive.

    Banned

    RSPCA have vets and it dont cost the earth if you have 1 local

    they rely on donations tho

    Low-cost veterinary service
    RSPCA companion animal hospitals provide low-cost treatment for animals belonging to people in receipt of certain state benefits, or to those who otherwise cannot afford the fees of a private veterinary surgeon.

    The RSPCA veterinary division provides low-cost treatment at several locations, which include Finsbury Park (Harmsworth Memorial Hospital), Putney Hospital, and Edmonton, Kilburn, Camberwell and Ealing clinics in London, as well as Birmingham and Manchester hospitals, and Merthyr Tydfil Clinic in South Wales. The division also licenses the provision of a similar veterinary service through 39 local RSPCA branches.

    To find an RSPCA location near you which provides this service you can search for establishments which provide 'help with vet bills' in the local RSPCA section.

    Note: There is no national structure for veterinary fees. The fees charged by each individual veterinary practice reflect where the practice is located in the country and the level of equipment and service provided. The RSPCA has no influence on the fees and there is no ombudsman to whom complaints can be made. We recommend that quotes are always obtained before commencing expensive treatment.

    Remember: It is a criminal offence to knowingly deny an animal veterinary treatment and subsequently cause that animal to suffer unnecessarily.


    rspca.org.uk/ser…799

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    DKLS;6904608

    I think its disgusting that people keep pets, and cannot afford their … I think its disgusting that people keep pets, and cannot afford their veterinary care.If you cant afford the vet bills, you cant afford the pet.



    i agree people shouldn keep pets if they cannot afford to look after them!! however my point is i didnt realise, and i think about half the people who buy pets dont realise how expensive vets treatment is ie just the charge to look at your animal. 39 pounds is not a great fortune but my point was i was just surprised how much they charge just for the 5 min consaltation fee i thought it would be less then that i love my two cats to pieces and will pay whatever it cost for them however its about what your getting for your money, yes i expect to pay a tenner for cream and in the hundreds for an operation etc but i didnt expect to pay nearly 30 pounds for him just to look at my baby for 5 mins now i know its the going rate i will be ready next time
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