One of our little dogs had a vet appointment this week for what was supposed to be a single-vaccine distemper booster shot. Our previous vet charged only for the vaccines and the office visit. When he retired a few years ago, just before we got our puppies, we had to find another vet… and this one’s requirements and prices came as somewhat of a shock.
I understand the value of vaccines and regular physical examinations… but especially in their first year, when the puppies had to have vaccines every few weeks, all those charges for physicals really added up. The price of spaying was also unexpectedly higher than the quoted price after all the “extras” had been added in. (We WERE pleased with the tiny scars and that the dogs didn’t need to stay overnight.) We have two dogs… they’re still like puppies, really… and during the first two years of their lives, we spent a few thousand dollars at this vet for vaccines, physicals, spayings, and two emergencies that were direct results of a previous vet visit. And this is the higher cost of veterinary care that doesn’t have anything to do with money.
We’re actually very angry with this vet right now because of what happened at this last visit. This visit started as they always do with the very complete and required physical examination… and quickly became a heated discussion when it became obvious that the vet was about to administer the same five-way distemper vaccine that had caused life-threatening reactions in both of our dogs before. And this was despite this vet’s recommendation at our last visit that these dogs NEVER be given a multi-vaccine again… the risks, she told us then, for serious reactions and possible death were just too great. She said she had made a notation to this effect on our files. So between that visit and this one what happened… did she forget? Thankfully, we had not.
I guess it goes without saying that this woman is no longer our vet.