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Well, I have just returned from a vet visit with Cassie. Nothing major, nothing taxing for the vet, nothing requiring anything other than a couple of quick peeks and a rub of the chin and I find myself coming away with a tube of Fuciderm, only a tiny one a 15g one, and a fat bill of £60.08.

Maybe it was my fault as I do admit to treating Cassie to a couple of those tasty vegetable hedgehogs totalling £3.40, maybe there is now a heavy surcharge on hedgehogs these days.

Cass had been suffering with an extremely itchy chin, which, if you you rub it, leaves an unpleasant smell on your hands. I was worried that this was the start of a deep skin infection that our last girl suffered. The vet said that it could just be an allergy to a mystery entity and said to rub in some fuciderm and give a Piriton tablet (she didn't prescribe any, just confirmed that I should give her one a day) and also if her paws were itchy then to rub a little in those.

Next was the end of Cassie's tail had looked like it was dead. The vet had a check and it is nothing, just normal for some dogs and nothing to worry about. This consultation must have taken no more than 10 minutes if that.

So why the hefty £56.58 for the trip? We checked the cream online and it is available for around £9 to purchase direct and £14 via a vet. Even when, only about 2.5 years ago when I was taking our Gemma for a nasty deep skin infection, the same cream, consultation and expensive ABs were around the £60 mark.

Have vet prices honestly gone up so high in the last two years?
 

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My vet gives me a completely itemised bill so I can see where every penny has gone. Consultations are about £20 at our surgery so your bill does seem rather hefty.
 

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Thanks Pam. I expected around £40 not £60 for a quick consultation and a tube of cream. I guess our vets must charge over £40 for a consultation nowadays.

I am going to pop in on Monday to enquire, just in case they have made a mistake but I doubt it.

At least there is nothing much wrong with Cass. The worst was, when we got home and I was rushing around making a quick beans on toast tea, Cass was with us in the kitchen and we both turned around and saw all this dribble pouring out of her mouth. I bet that is the real reason she has an itchy mouth - all that dribble drying on her fur! Dirty beast!
 

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I must admit, where I can, I try and sort things out at home first before going to the vet as I always feel a little diddled, even though I like my vet. So when Merlin's ears were itching I picked up some thornit as recommended on here and was prepared to try it for a couple of days rather than rush to the vet and have him loaded with ABs. Anyway, the thornit cured it. Of course if it was something serious or that kept getting worse I would be at the vets, but all more minor things I try and solve myself first.
 

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Yes us too Chocice but Cass has had this itchy chin for about a month now and as it was smelling I was getting a bit concerned. Also my lads were concerned about the end of her tail - they had fears her tail was dying or had been damaged in some way but it is fine. The vet says it will probably fall off and you can imagine their faces when I said that to them. (The vet meant just the tiny bit at the end).

I must get some thornit - is that at the chemist?

Come on John - how far are you going back.....?
 

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Some may feel living and many professional fee costs are increasingly disproportionate to acceptable affordability of many.

Arguably silly official inflation figures do little to push up wages to close the acceptable affordability gap either.

Excesses and claim resultant premium hikes don't help clients either.


I suspect many vets are struggling a little less than some clients. I suspect it would be too much for pet owners to be cut a little slack.
 

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Consults with Luna's specialist are just under £30 and they last as long as needed and I never feel rushed. I'd say they are at least 15mins a time for a quick 'check up' and update on how she is doing, much longer if it is before/after or to discuss an op. I always go knowing the appointment time is obviously going to be flexible because he goes out of his way to give everyone the time needed.

I think consults with our normal vets are around the £20 mark and again they last as long as needed. I am always pleased that our appointments don't take up too much time as there will always be other pets there who need more time and attention which the vets do give when needed so when/if we ever need the extra time it'll balance out.

Your costs do seem high!!
 

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Hugo cut the pad on his paw at the park on Monday.

He had to have a general anaesthetic and stitches. Lots of tablets bill so far £420.

£35 a consultation at his vets. Someone is making a fortune
 

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You can buy Thornit from VetUK too:
http://www.vetuk.co.uk/ear-products-c-8/thornit-canker-powder-for-dogs-cat-and-rabbits-p-7223?zenid=g0h58oaje9bcavemkjeub0go30

(and if you go via the Oldies Club link ... sorry, broken record)

You'll only need the small bottle - it will last ages, especially with one dog. It's great stuff. Mr Moo arrived with terrible ears and we had stuff from the vet, but then a few people recommended Thornit so I started using it about 14 years ago now and it's brilliant! :)

Hope Cassie is all healed up soon x
 
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My vet gives me a completely itemised bill so I can see where every penny has gone.
My vet does too. I'd go back and ask for one, so you can see exactly where your money went.

It's £30 for an initial consultation here, could yours have been more than that?
 

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JohnW said:
Dont pay your vets for castration, I will sell you a DIY kit for just £50. (2 house bricks.)

John :D
Naughty John! :D

I am going to pop into the vets on Monday and ask for an itemised bill. I suspect that the consultation charges must be around the £43 mark but when Cass had her bit of whatever in her eye and blocked anal glands I don't remember being shocked at the cost (that was only a few months back). I wonder if I was overcharged for the hedgehogs as the lady did say they weren't showing on her system and she put them through manually.

On the good side, Cassie hasn't been itchy today. She has only had to rubs of the Fuciderm and a Piriton tablet but so far so good.
 

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My vet has 2 consultation prices, I think a "quick consult" is about £12, the full consultation is about £20 off the top of my head so you might have been charged a different amount for an earlier consultation. It is worth questioning though.
 

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I will find out tomorrow and let you guys know. I am wondering whether they charged me for two consultations. One for her itchy chin and the other for her 'dead' tail end - but surely not! Our last vet you could ask as many questions as you liked for the same consultation charge.
 

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I know we've paid approx. £270 to our Vet in less than a week. Ernie's emergency visit at midnight last Saturday was £135 + his treatment = £179 + Oslo at the Vet on Monday.....£60+, Pearl's teeth check was free on Tuesday, then Ernie's check-up visit on Wednesday was approx. £25. I 'think' our normal consultation fee is £35, then it decreases with further visits for the same problem.
 

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In the early 70's my BF's Great Dane puppy had a lump removed from his leg :cry: . We were going on holiday, so, our vet gave us the name of a vet he knew in that area for removal of the stitches. He removed the stitches and checked him over. The cost was 10 bob!!!!(it was a brown note :wink: ) in today's money 50p!!!!!

I can remember the "good old days", just like John W!!!! :D



Chel and Dilys xxx
 

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Well folks - just a quick update. Turns out I was over-charged in error. They charged me for two tubes of Fuciderm instead of 1. The tubes were £17.33 each. This vet charges £24 for a consultation (and then I had two hedgehogs at £2.40, not the £3.50 I thought).

Anyway, all sorted now - they have credited our account as we are bound to be popping back in the near future. So at least it wasn't as bad as I first feared.

I can also remember my mum doing the weekly food shop and getting change from a £1 note. Oh I wish that were true nowadays...
 
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