My cat injured her foot about a week ago (cause unknown but suspected fall from a carport roof) She’s a somewhat delicate RSPCA moggie with whom I have yet to bond, so spending a lot of money on her at this stage makes me feel a little uncomfortable.
First trip to the vet a week ago = $100 (examination + some food (unrelated to foot problem) + some anti-imflammatory drugs).
Today I brought her back as she was still limping. I was horrified to be charged over $400 (as far as I could tell for examination, x-ray and a very fine foot bandaging). I was too shocked to query the charges and am reluctant to return in a couple of weeks as instructed lest I end up with an even larger bill.
Perhaps it isn’t overservicing … but I can’t help but wonder whether her foot would have healed in its own good time had I not taken her to the vet in the first place. And I am a little suspicious about the level of service provided.
Has anyone experienced what they consider over the top charging? All I could think at the time was that if that was my car in for a service, I would get a phone call asking if I was prepared to spend that much? I guess it make me wonder whether vets have now reached a point where they think it’s ok to charge anything they like, and without consulting the owner first.
The only solution I can think of at this stage is taking out pet insurance.