Annual Vet Exam Costs - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
 11Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
Owned by a Havallon
 
mudpuppymama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 430
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 7 Times in 7 Posts
Annual Vet Exam Costs

At the last wellness exam for my two dogs, I paid $750 for the following. Just wondering if this is normal. I live in Missouri and assume costs vary across the country.

2 wellness exams (look at eyes, ears, teeth)
2 senior blood panels
1 thyroid panel
2 heartworm/TBD tests

I have switched vets so the next exam will be at a different vet. I did not ask what their prices are...trying to prepare myself.

Thank you!
mudpuppymama is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 04:36 PM
Sophie
 
KarMar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 920
Submit Photo: 4
Photo Submissions 29 Times in 28 Posts
That's almost exactly what two of each of those would cost at the clinic I work at. Blood panels, especially those that need go be sent to a lab, can cost a pretty penny, but IMO those diagnostics are so worth it.
mudpuppymama and Heather's like this.

Sophie, Mario, and Nino.



KarMar is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
Owned by a Havallon
 
mudpuppymama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 430
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 7 Times in 7 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarMar View Post
That's almost exactly what two of each of those would cost at the clinic I work at. Blood panels, especially those that need go be sent to a lab, can cost a pretty penny, but IMO those diagnostics are so worth it.
Thanks KarMar. I agree that the blood panels are important especially as they get older. I was just curious.
mudpuppymama is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 08:19 AM
Metrowest, MA
 
krandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 23,680
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 299 Times in 297 Posts
Doesnít seem out of line. I do get a 10% ďquantity discountĒ for bringing them all in for their annual at the same time. We also a fecal at the same time if I can catch them all before we go.
mudpuppymama likes this.


Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment CGC, NTD, BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RLV, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X3...
plus Starborn's Picture Perfect & Nauti Herd Compact Flash RN, CGC, NTD, SN-C, RL1)






krandall is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
Owned by a Havallon
 
mudpuppymama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 430
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 7 Times in 7 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by krandall View Post
Doesnít seem out of line. I do get a 10% ďquantity discountĒ for bringing them all in for their annual at the same time. We also a fecal at the same time if I can catch them all before we go.
Thanks Karen. Again, just curious. Cost plays no role at all in my vet selection process. My current vet is very good, however traffic patterns have changed and it now can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to get there. I always allow for the worst scenario so we can wind up sitting in the waiting room for an hour. Since a new very good vet opened up nearby, I decided to switch. She also has a certified vet nutritionist on staff and is fear free certified. I am not sure what fear free certification means but sounds positive. Both my dogs are very good at the vet but sitting in traffic or in the waiting room for an hour can cause some stress for them and me.
mudpuppymama is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 04:38 PM
Metrowest, MA
 
krandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 23,680
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 299 Times in 297 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by mudpuppymama View Post
Thanks Karen. Again, just curious. Cost plays no role at all in my vet selection process. My current vet is very good, however traffic patterns have changed and it now can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to get there. I always allow for the worst scenario so we can wind up sitting in the waiting room for an hour. Since a new very good vet opened up nearby, I decided to switch. She also has a certified vet nutritionist on staff and is fear free certified. I am not sure what fear free certification means but sounds positive. Both my dogs are very good at the vet but sitting in traffic or in the waiting room for an hour can cause some stress for them and me.
I know you always try to do what is best for your dogs, and one thing I do is, I never EVER have my dogs wait in the waiting room at the vet. I leave them in their crates in the car and go check in. If it's going to be a short wait and the weather is mild, I leave the windows open and I wait until we are called to go get them. (it's a very private lot, so this is safe) If it is too hot or too cold, I ask them to call my cell when they are ready for us and I go out and wait with them, with the car running to control the temperature. I bring them in when they have a room ready for us.

There is always a wait, even once they have a room ready, so it's not like you are holding anyone up doing this. I know how my dogs behave, but I have no control over the rude behavior of other people and their dogs who want to let their 7- lb Lab come charging over and "say hi", or worse, the ones that lunge and snarl at my little dogs. The quarters are just too close in a vet's waiting room. It's not the place where I want to work on socialization. My vet's office actually encourages this, but I've been to other vet's offices, and when I tell them what I'd like to do, I've never had one that objected to me managing my animals this way.


Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment CGC, NTD, BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RLV, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X3...
plus Starborn's Picture Perfect & Nauti Herd Compact Flash RN, CGC, NTD, SN-C, RL1)






krandall is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 05:29 PM
Senior Member
 
EvaE1izabeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Utah
Posts: 951
Submit Photo: 106
Photo Submissions 25 Times in 25 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by krandall View Post
I know you always try to do what is best for your dogs, and one thing I do is, I never EVER have my dogs wait in the waiting room at the vet. I leave them in their crates in the car and go check in. If it's going to be a short wait and the weather is mild, I leave the windows open and I wait until we are called to go get them. (it's a very private lot, so this is safe) If it is too hot or too cold, I ask them to call my cell when they are ready for us and I go out and wait with them, with the car running to control the temperature. I bring them in when they have a room ready for us.

There is always a wait, even once they have a room ready, so it's not like you are holding anyone up doing this. I know how my dogs behave, but I have no control over the rude behavior of other people and their dogs who want to let their 7- lb Lab come charging over and "say hi", or worse, the ones that lunge and snarl at my little dogs. The quarters are just too close in a vet's waiting room. It's not the place where I want to work on socialization. My vet's office actually encourages this, but I've been to other vet's offices, and when I tell them what I'd like to do, I've never had one that objected to me managing my animals this way.
Iím so glad you mentioned this! I never would have thought of it. When I took mine for his 2 year vet visit, I was surprised at how anxious he was. He had been anxious at the vet before, probably because he went so often when he was a little puppy for recurrent diarrhea. It was more of a mixed excitement/anxiety, though, because he knows a couple of the staff from our neighborhood. He is always so happy about going into public places, and he hadnít been to the vet in almost a year, so I just didnít think about it. He was actually more anxious this last time, Iím assuming because I didnít plan ahead to keep him calm.

He did cheer up when he heard a little kid in the hall, I even got it on video.
krandall likes this.
EvaE1izabeth is online now  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 06:02 PM
Metrowest, MA
 
krandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 23,680
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 299 Times in 297 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by EvaE1izabeth View Post
Iím so glad you mentioned this! I never would have thought of it. When I took mine for his 2 year vet visit, I was surprised at how anxious he was. He had been anxious at the vet before, probably because he went so often when he was a little puppy for recurrent diarrhea. It was more of a mixed excitement/anxiety, though, because he knows a couple of the staff from our neighborhood. He is always so happy about going into public places, and he hadnít been to the vet in almost a year, so I just didnít think about it. He was actually more anxious this last time, Iím assuming because I didnít plan ahead to keep him calm.

He did cheer up when he heard a little kid in the hall, I even got it on video.
The thing is, even if he LIKES going to the vet, (mine don't mind it, because they go regularly for chiro, so they have many more "good experiences than "bad", and our vet staff is VERY gentle) you just can't control what goes on in the waiting room. That's not staff. It's pet people with other stressed-out animals, some elderly, some in pain, and often handled by clueless people. You just can't control what is going to happen there. I have a very low tolerance for taking chance with what "can" happen in tight spaces when I have other alternatives. And this is a place I can avoid.


Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment CGC, NTD, BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RLV, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X3...
plus Starborn's Picture Perfect & Nauti Herd Compact Flash RN, CGC, NTD, SN-C, RL1)






krandall is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
Owned by a Havallon
 
mudpuppymama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 430
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 7 Times in 7 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by krandall View Post
I know you always try to do what is best for your dogs, and one thing I do is, I never EVER have my dogs wait in the waiting room at the vet. I leave them in their crates in the car and go check in. If it's going to be a short wait and the weather is mild, I leave the windows open and I wait until we are called to go get them. (it's a very private lot, so this is safe) If it is too hot or too cold, I ask them to call my cell when they are ready for us and I go out and wait with them, with the car running to control the temperature. I bring them in when they have a room ready for us.

There is always a wait, even once they have a room ready, so it's not like you are holding anyone up doing this. I know how my dogs behave, but I have no control over the rude behavior of other people and their dogs who want to let their 7- lb Lab come charging over and "say hi", or worse, the ones that lunge and snarl at my little dogs. The quarters are just too close in a vet's waiting room. It's not the place where I want to work on socialization. My vet's office actually encourages this, but I've been to other vet's offices, and when I tell them what I'd like to do, I've never had one that objected to me managing my animals this way.
Thanks Karen. Great idea for reducing stress. Note that the new vet I am going to is ďfear free certifiedĒ. I looked into it further and this is some sort of certification program for vets. One of the course modules covers ďFear Free Reception and Waiting AreaĒ. Should be interesting to find out what they do. I guess they can separate the waiting areas but they cannot separate smells! The car sounds less stressful. The new vet is in the suburbs with a quiet parking lot so waiting in the car would work. The current vet is in the city on a very busy street so not as ideal. I have an appointment soon with the new vet.

https://fearfreepets.com/fear-free-c...tion-overview/
mudpuppymama is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-16-2019, 12:06 AM
Senior Member
 
EvaE1izabeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Utah
Posts: 951
Submit Photo: 106
Photo Submissions 25 Times in 25 Posts
I forgot to mention, $375 per dog still seemed high to me until I thought back on how much labs have cost in the past. Iíve always though the cost of a vet visit in my area seemed fairly priced, but itís interesting that most of the labs cost more than the visit.
krandall likes this.
EvaE1izabeth is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome