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post #21 of 25 Old 08-22-2017, 08:51 PM
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Vet's been out twice this month. The first was when Brooke jumped the 4' fence and went down in gravel on the other side. I didn't ask, I just paid. The second time was to have an ophthalmologist come out and do a work up on the going-blind pony I was considering adopting. I asked, the receptionist said, ballpark it's going to be $350. She was right.

My experience is, they will tell you if you ask, if you don't ask, they'll just bill you.

With dogs & cats, they usually give you a estimate with a range on it and make you sign it. Partly I imagine this is because they have more desk help.

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post #22 of 25 Old 08-22-2017, 10:05 PM
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[BHorseLovingGuy[/B] until 2007, my dogs and cats have always cost more money than the horses.

If I have to take a dog or cat to the vet, I know it's going to be big dollars and the receptionist will always print out an "estimate".

After all these years of paying horse vet bills and using the same clinic for the last ten years, I don't need to ask the cost of any of the routine stuff And routine these days includes x-Rays and ultra sounds.

If one of the horses needed ten stitches, I would just wait for the bill. If it was 110 stiches, I would say "how the h*** much is this going to cost!?" and pay it.

If the vet floats the teeth, I don't ask the cost. However, we have a new equine dentist in the area, I would ask her the approximate cost in advance.

Please don't think some of us just blindly pay without asking. Many of us have been using the same clinics long enough that we can pretty much guess the cost of certain procedures:)

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post #23 of 25 Old 08-23-2017, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by horselovinguy View Post
You've never been told what a farm call fee was just to arrive?
In all your years with OSU, hopefully not for emergent care...but if it was, the referring vet didn't give you a "ballpark" cost before making the initial referral to them?
You went to a place like that with no idea of costs possibly faced? Wow, just wow!

I guess maybe I did ask or alluded to wanting to know $$. I truly don't remember...
I knew what my local vet charges to come and he tells me $ before he does anything...
Although I have never said "No" to a needed anything, I do want to know beforehand.
Then I have to figure out how to pay for those extra expenses we all face at some critical point in time.

I know when our dog needed emergent care, I had a baseline number to approve before they would continue.
Each time new information was found, pricing was updated....
I did not ask, it was provided.
HLG, I think part of it may be a difference in how things are done out here. I was never 'referred' to OSU, I just started using them for everything since one of the reasons I moved where I did was to be close. In all my 15 years, I may have had 5 actual ranch calls, 97% of the time, I haul in. I don't have a ranch call unless it's a true emergency, and usually not one of my horses. When the vet gets here and has had a look, I ask for an estimate for either me or to give the horse owner (my horse owner's are out of state) and then I call with the info that the horse had an emergency, the vet is here, this is the problem, prognosis is XXXX, initial treatment is XXXX, continuing treatment will be XXXX ballpark if needed. When I take a boarder in, I get an authorization to have the vet out and spend up to XXX before notifying the owner, if vet care is needed. For my own, I've been doing business with them so long that I either pay right then or ask them to send the charges through the Bursar who sets up payments. If it's one of mine, I also let the vet know that we're pulling out all the stops for this one or go this far for this one or euthanize.

I prefer to haul in, it saves time and IMO, money in the long run because once I'm at the school, we have access to all the labs, surgery, recovery, isolation, Xrays, Cat Scans, MRI's, whatever we need.
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post #24 of 25 Old 08-24-2017, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
NEVER had a vet offer me prices up front.
Me neither.

Whether it was for my horse or dog, or even a medical doctor visit for myself, when I call to make an appointment I've NEVER had the place give me a price estimate right up front.

But if I want to know something, then I ask, and then they tell me.

But most times, I don't ask because I know that my animal (or myself) needs it so I'm going to pay the bill anyway.

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My experience is, they will tell you if you ask, if you don't ask, they'll just bill you.

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post #25 of 25 Old 08-24-2017, 03:00 PM
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I have a rule of thumb: imagine "how much it could possibly cost"? Then double it. Usually I'm in the ballpark.
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