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        12-04-2009, 10:01 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Vet Bill Blues

    I had the vet out a few weeks ago to do fall shots and float teeth.

    Got the bill.

    $355.00.

    I about died.

    I'll be making payments on it. I don't have that kind of extra money this time of the year. In fact, any more, I NEVER have that kind of extra money.

    In the spring I'm doing my own shots.
         
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        12-04-2009, 10:05 PM
      #2
    Trained
    *Gulp*

    I had the vet out about a month ago 'cos my girl colicked. Same-ish amount since it was an emergency call.

    Worth it of course...but still...yikes!
         
        12-04-2009, 10:07 PM
      #3
    Foal
    I always do my own shots, saves big time! Teeth are something you have to have done. 355 really doesnt sound all that bad if you have more than 2 horses! My dentist charges 100 just for the basic. And the vet is over 60 a horse for shots plus 50 to pull in the drive. We have two horses.
         
        12-04-2009, 10:12 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    I have two horses. Floating the teeth was $68.00 each. The shots were VERY expensive, IMHO. I will be buying my own in the spring.
         
        12-05-2009, 12:19 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    That actually sounds pretty average for two horses. I just got my boys early October, but I was given all their records from the last two years and it looks like my vet charges 75.00 per horse for floating and then for both horses it was 40 for their 4 way, 30 for their rabies, and 50 their WNV. I also see a charge for sheath cleaning of 50 for both and of course Coggins at 68 for both. The total bill was 445.00 after it was all said and done and that included a 65 trip charge. OUCH!!! I'm going to look into doing shots myself too and for those of you with geldings, do y'all do your own sheath cleaning? I mean 25 a pop just for that? Anyway, I hope my vet also has a payment plan. I haven't met her yet since I got my boys so we'll see.
         
        12-05-2009, 02:11 AM
      #6
    Trained
    Sheath cleaning you could definitely learn how to do yourself.

    I've done my own shots for years, because of the ridiculous charges to have a vet to it. Rabies is the only one you can't do without a vet; you 'normally' can not even purchase it, unless you're in a state that doesn't require a vet certificate to verify the horse actually has had it; your own records won't suffice there.

    As far as the charges you've gotten, it does sound about 'right' for all the work you had done; ridiculous yes, but 'normal'.
         
        12-05-2009, 09:09 AM
      #7
    Trained
    We always do all routine care (shots, minor cuts, sprains, etc) ourselves and put the $$s we save away for vet emergencies (knock on wood). Our vet is very reasonable for emergencies and freely admits that the 'bread and butter' for them is 1) folks who don't do their own shots, 2) rabies (can't do yourself in NC) and 3) Coggins (which he calls a horse tax ).
         
        12-05-2009, 09:24 AM
      #8
    Trained
    I've never actually thought about doing my own shots. Can you just buy them or do you need a 'script from the vet? Not saying I will do this in the spring but definitely something I'd like to know more about.
         
        12-05-2009, 09:53 AM
      #9
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jake and Dai    
    I've never actually thought about doing my own shots. Can you just buy them or do you need a 'script from the vet? Not saying I will do this in the spring but definitely something I'd like to know more about.
    Except for rabies, which most states restrict to vets, no script is required. You can buy them from the large internet equine sites or from most feed stores.
         
        12-05-2009, 10:00 AM
      #10
    Trained
    Thanks PaintHorseMares for the info! And I have plenty of time before the next round of shots to do more research. Cool!

    The only other thing...my mare freaks when the vet comes near her with a needle. She will plant her head on his chest any other time but as soon as the needle is in his hand...she starts circling. A topic for another thread for sure but also something I have time to solve.

    Sorry 7Ponies for going off topic.
         

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