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JustABay
Apr. 26, 2010, 04:57 PM
So my old vet, whom I loved dearly, has recently retired. I was crushed, he has been the most wonderful vet to deal with, and I have been a very loyal client of his for the past 7 years or so. Let me tell you, finding a new vet is about as much fun as a root canal. Finding a vet I trust...Apparently I can't find one for love nor money.

My retired vet (after getting fed up with my calls begging him to come back) recommended a new vet, who is a bit out of my region, but since he recommended them, I am certain they will take extrasuperspecial care of my guy just like he did. I called to arrange the pony's annual teeth float/shots/checkup. The cost?........

$400.00

Where's. The. Fruitbat.

Do I get a bottle of champagne while I wait?!?!?! Maybe I am wrong, or was being severely undercharged, or just freakin oblivious but please tell me why I need to pay $400 effing dollars to get my horse's annual work done. I can barely afford to keep him as is, and this type of deal makes me want out of horses. Not only that, but I have to pay twice since they will not do all the shots at one time. So I'm paying over $100 in farm calls alone. The cost is not worth it, so now I'm contemplating which shots pony REALLY needs.....

Now, I'm a big girl, I know there are costs associated with horses, yes I am aware. Pony has never gone without, regardless of cost, and regardless of where it leaves me financially. But come on. This is extortion. And I know there are other vets out there, but having done my homework, this one seems to have gotten the 5 star rating, so it's the double edged sword. Pay more for good service, or pay less for a vet that I know people have had issues with, or I myself have had issues with. I went for the more costly option, as seems to be the norm for horses. :sigh:

Can I just do a comparison? What do you pay for your shots, etc?

And can I have a hug too, I'm still in sticker shock I think...

Calvincrowe
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:03 PM
Hugs to you... but....that is about average for one horse for just teeth, sheath and farm call, done by a dentist-only DVM I use here in my area. Add shots and it creeps up from there.

I was just charged $90 for farm call, and spring shots (flu/rhino and West Nile) for one horse.

I don't know where you live, but methinks you were being under-charged by your old time vet. Sure, I can find a less expensive vet, but I like the peace of mind that my horse's teeth are being well-tended to.

MHM
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:12 PM
Ouch.

I paid about $225 for shots and Coggins on one horse a couple of years ago, no teeth involved.

I also was stung by the "two call charges to spread out the shots" thing, which irked me since it was not mentioned when we discussed whether to spread out the shots, and the vet specifically said it would be no problem to stop in a week later, since she drives by there all the time.

I was also charged a fee for a "physical exam." I was there when the vet came, and all she did was walk up to the horse and give him the shots. The only "exam" was to see that he was upright, which I could verify for myself without going to vet school.

So more than half the bill was for call fees and the "exam."

Of course I paid the bill, but I really felt that was over the top. I fully realize vets have to make a living, but come on.

Go Fish
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:21 PM
I was also charged a fee for a "physical exam." I was there when the vet came, and all she did was walk up to the horse and give him the shots. The only "exam" was to see that he was upright, which I could verify for myself without going to vet school.

Bwaahahahaa...:lol:

Leseee...teeth float - $250 (includes drugs), farm call - $75, shots - $60. Yep - easily could reach $400. I do live in the high-rent district, though (West coast).

Learn to give shots yourself...it's not hard and you can buy the vaccines at any feed store.

vxf111
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:30 PM
Don't have the numbers in front of me, and I use different people for the float as the vaccinations/coggins. But I believe I pay around $40-50 for the float, $150-200 for the vaccinations (first batch), $100 for more vaccinations (strangles intranasal and a couple others not in the first batch), and $35ish for the coggins. So I'm not way off from where you're coming out. That does not include a sheath cleaning or sedation for the teeth. It does include a WIDE array of vaccinations (I am overly paranoid and will sometimes include vax that other people might skip).

Ibex
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:32 PM
$400 for everything would be about right around here... (West Coast again)...

Aerial
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:33 PM
Do the shots yourself and save some money...haul the horse and save the farm call charge.

I usually get charged 90-120 for my pony to get his coggins, health exam, and shots. I have the vet check his teeth to see if they need to be done, but so far he hasn't needed them to be.

joiedevie99
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:36 PM
We do teeth separately. Teeth are $250 per horse including sedation if necessary.

My bill for spring shots (including two split call charges since we break them up) and coggins is usually around $250.

So I'm at $500ish per horse (high rent area though).

ponyjumper4
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:38 PM
I just got a $960+ bill for WN, Flu, Rabies and Coggins on 5 horses, plus a float and wolf teeth removal on one, and a dental exam on one, plus the farm call. I will not need to see her in the fall because she will sell me the flu shot to give myself and I do my own EWT, Rhino shots. We just started using a 1x year WN shot.

I would refuse to pay two farm calls to split shots, especially if you didn't request it. My vet would just leave me with the shots, but she knows I have no problem giving them myself. My state just requires that WN and Rabies be done through a vet so I do have to see her once a year anyway and check teeth, pull coggins etc.

cleartheoxer
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:48 PM
Oh my goodness! I just had our horse's shots done last week. I paid $136 for rabies, WN, and 2 other ones I can't remember right now. That was including half a farm call because two of us split the farm call. Teeth get done next month by an equine dentist, no sedation $75.

I pay $28 for a trim and $70 for a trim and 2 front shoes (just thought I'd throw that in there too).

slp
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:52 PM
Wow, that is high. We just paid $96 for each horse's spring shots (that included the split of the farm call), and $160 for the teeth float, including the call and sedation.

Lucassb
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:52 PM
Unfortunately the bill you got would be right around what we normally pay in this area (Northeast)... and I get dinged for the two trip charges also, but I figure that since I request the split, I can't complain.

lesgarcons
Apr. 26, 2010, 05:59 PM
It's interesting to see that a lot of us are paying the same thing regardless of our location. My horse is currently living in central IL, 2.5 hours from a major city, and her spring shots, coggins, and a fecal count were $225. I was unlucky enough not to be able to split the farm call, so that's in there, too. I did go to the most recommended vet in the area, though, so that may have something to do with it. I probably would have paid $500 with teeth, but the vet didn't have time, so that has to wait until she gets up here.

I know you guys will be talking me off a ledge once I get the bill from the equine dentist in Chicago. :lol:

Justice
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:00 PM
I live in the Midwest where stuff like this is pretty reasonable, and my Coggins and vaccinations (I elected to do Strangles since my filly is heading out to a cowboy) were $178. I had a $250ish dentist bill last fall and $150ish this spring. No extractions this spring, but once they get them sedated and set up, IMO, it's always around $150. Keep in mind, I have a baby, so I expect frequent and expensive dentist bills.

I think you were getting undercharged before. At least around here, it doesn't seem like the vets are getting rich, and they have a lot of overhead. I use a separate dentist, and I thought his prices were reasonable considering how much time and equipment (and drugs!) it takes to get the job done. I also appreciate the fact that he comes when I need him. I am not a big fan of dentists who only come out once a year.

Here's your hug. (HUG!)

ponymom64
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:00 PM
I just paid about 2x that for my DD's horse's spring shots, annual exam, coggins, fecal and dental. My vet also does the shots in two trips but they felt with the sedation for the float, it would be too much to do all the vaccines on one farm call.

Granted, I live in a high cost area.....

Vindicated
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:02 PM
Shots, Coggins, Check-up, Teeth, & sheath?
$400

I think that is what I would expect to pay if I had my vet do everything.

Last time my vet did shots & sheath I paid $250 a horse. Teeth are about $200-with the Vet doing them.

JustABay
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:03 PM
Seems to be a mixed bag of prices...I'm in the "mid-range" area paying "designer" prices I suppose with this new vet....

I got a quote e-mailed to me and the sedation alone for the teeth is $45, and the basic power float is $102. The shots are the killers, I may pick them up next year and do them myself, since my boy is a superstar about needles and patient with my repeated stabbings when I was learning how to needle years ago:lol:

So the vets should be ok with leaving the second round of shots for me to do myself?? I didn't know htey did that! Also, one other strange thing...I was told they cannot do the Pinnacle Intranasal for strangles while the horse is under sedation (my guy is not a fan of it and can be difficult, so we have always given it while he is sedated for teeth float) Anyone know about that?!?!

My vet doesn't do the exam or anything, no sheath cleaning either, my guy is a man slut and will drop and fall asleep at cleaning time lol

I do feel good about the fact theat this is a well respected vet, but some of the prices:eek::eek::eek::no::no: I guess it is part and parcel....everything in the horse world has increased in price exponentially in the past few years, but even with the economy in the toilet, we still don't get a break.

Thanks for the hugs, I just have to eat this one, and lesson learned for next year!

CrocusPony
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:06 PM
I think I paid $65 for shots/administration for my horse this year. I usually haul over to my vet's place to save her time and save me on travel costs.

I believe when we did teeth last year it was $125/horse including sedation et al.

You wanna hear something crazy! My BO has this "horse dentist" that comes out to the barn, she insists that she's the best of the best (we disagree on this point...). She IS NOT a vet, so she has to have a vet come with her to sedate and she hand floats. The charge is usually $400++ PER HORSE. Ridiculous if you ask me.

TrotTrotPumpkn
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:14 PM
I just did spring combo shots and West Nile booster, for $45 (bought the shots from the vet clinic and injected them myself). I think my other vet is more expensive though (and they hate to give them out). I'd never heard of splitting up shots until COTH, btw.

I didn't need teeth floats this year (did have him checked), but last time I think it was $180? Tranq is like $40?? That float was with a power tool, btw. My other vet does it "by hand" and I have no idea what he charges.

Sheath--$0.00. Last time I checked it myself (Feb before horse was sold) and he was clean/bean free. I was armed and ready with printed off instructions on DIY sheath cleaning from COTH though!! Somewhere there is a funny thread. Looks pretty easy (albeit gross).

Last fecal was like $20?

Scheduled farm calls are $75 to our barn. We try to coordinate and split them. The irony is that there is a $20 "haul in" charge, so with gas it is cheaper to have them come out if I can find one other person to split with.

Don't feel bad--I make up your bill in multiples on the breeding costs!

pnalley
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:17 PM
I just called in the past week
Vet that is dental specialist float & sedation starts at $125, can go to $200 on an older horse
My regular vet (equine only)
EWT, Flue & West Nile Combo $35
Coggins $30
Rabies $20

Both have a trip fee of $60

So I'm looking at $85 per horse with 8 horses. I have a 22 year old that I am pretty sure needs some dental work and my 19 year old will be checked too.

I have one mare that I prefer to haul to the vet since she is a rip snorting terror unless she's put in stocks. This year due to a much lower income I am going to haul them in 2 at a time to save the trip fee and spread the cost out.

Taking 2 in Thursday.

RugBug
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:23 PM
Bwaahahahaa...:lol:

Leseee...teeth float - $250 (includes drugs), farm call - $75, shots - $60. Yep - easily could reach $400. I do live in the high-rent district, though (West coast).


Yep. I just paid $250 for teeth. Shots are $70. Farm call is $29 for shots if done during the semi-annual "shot clinic", so $60 a year (and that doesn't include farm call for teeth). I easily spend $400 for annual work to be done.

Peggy
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:34 PM
Last year's spring shots (WNV, flu, rhino, tetanus, E/W enceph, strangles) = $158, including split call fee. I do separate rabies from the rest. The last bill I can easily find for floating (from 3.5 years ago!) was $145 including drugs, but excluding the split call fee.

Just made arrangements with a "new" vet (switching over to "lameness" vet for everything to simplify my life) and she splits the shots over four visits per year. Having had two horses with a tendency to react to immunizations, IMHO this could be a good thing.

Zu Zu
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:48 PM
Too high for Midwest area ~~~~ IMHO ~ where are you ? I would call again and check - just sounds like he should be "packing a pistol" ~ highway robbery to me !

Hampton Bay
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:50 PM
I use a dentist that comes down from Ocala, though I do meet him about 40 minutes from my house. He's really really wonderful, does a lot of big farms in KY including some top racehorses. I have noticed immediate differences for the better in both horses he has done for me. He charges the same as my vet does, who left my mare's incisors so long that she couldn't close on her molars!! $165, including sedation. Trip charge from his place to the farm where I meet him is included.

I also do shots myself. I order the 10-dose vials, which last about a year for my horses. EWT + WNV runs about $60 per horse per year, rabies is just a couple bucks, and I don't do flu, rhino, etc. I have done strangles in the past, but probably won't this year. The baby horse never goes anywhere, and the other two have been vaccinated AND exposed to strangles, so they should be good for a little while.

Sing Mia Song
Apr. 26, 2010, 06:52 PM
Metro Washington DC area, cost for a farm call, rabies only (I do the other shots), coggins, sedation and power float for three horses totaled just under $500.

SuperSTB
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:01 PM
Personally I have mental issues grappling teeth floating out here on the west coast. In the Northeast- floating cost roughtly $45 and additional for sedation etc. Boy I guess I was spoiled huh? That seemed to be the going rate. I have old invoices from Tufts where teeth floating went up to $60 plus any additional for sedation.

Anyhow, out here on the left coast, my vet will float for $90. Anyone else (that isn't my vet!) is charging $175+ and many use power tools which I am soooooo not comfortable with.

I guess it's cheaper to fly someone from the East coast out to the west coast to do my barn :) Maybe I should arrange this in the winter time. "Hey EAST COAST EQUINE DENTISTS- free trip to Southern California during your winter dole drums- just charge me $60 per horse!"

Anyway for shots, I typically have the vet do them. But I think I'll do them myself this year and just have the vet out for teeth floating to save my wallet some agony.

magicteetango
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:22 PM
I know how you feel, I'm in sales and times are tough! Give your own shots, first off. I can get nearly all mine at TSC or you could order them.

Who is the rest of your barn using? Any way you can tack on your coggins and float? Last, call around and ask for prices from all the vets. This will help you see what you should be paying.

BeastieSlave
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:25 PM
I do my own shots and get a deal from the vet. I think it works out to about $45 per horse (Prestige V, WNV & rabies). I pay $25 for a coggins and I just paid $125 for a float and removal of a wolf tooth. Sedation was $25. A trip to the farm is $40. A fecal is $25 (I usually collect my own & deliver to the clinic ;))
I'm in the boonies and one of the only good things here is the cost of living!!

HenryisBlaisin'
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:34 PM
Shots and Coggins run around $120-150, teeth another $50-100. Our vet will do all shots in one round, but I prefer two. But I've never had a second call for Round 2, I just get them from the vet while he's there, and give them myself a few days later. Unless there was a known issue, I wouldn't have the vet out just for vaccinations I can do myself.

Tiffany01
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:37 PM
Shots are 200$ Farm Call is 45$ Teeth 200$

howardh
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:40 PM
Am I crazy but when did floating teeth every year become the norm?

Young horse's teeth change and so do the oldsters, but in my herd's mid years my horses never needed it!

I don't check or float teeth unless I see an issue. Not to mention my vet used to just rasp them down and I never had a horse fight it. Now it is the norm to tranq first and ask questions later! $250 dollars later....Do they all REALLY need it every year?? I doubt it. And floating teeth while hideous looking to us, doesn't seem to phase a horse!

Perhaps because mine are on pasture most of the time I don't have the same issues as a stalled horse, but yikes! If I paid a vet to float and tranq my little herd every year I would be broke! They are all fat and happy, some have not had teeth floated in 5 years! No dropped feed or hay and no issues while riding....

And I HATE the fact that they use a tool to GRIND. Just doesn't sound right to me. The old rasp was more of the little off the top method I understood. YIKES

NSF
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:51 PM
My vets been charging me about $400 just for a float. That includes the farm call and any drugs administered.

oharabear
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:55 PM
My vet clinic has a "Wellness Package" that I sign my horses up for. It includes annual teeth floating, all vaccinations (even the 6-month boosters) and a full-body general health exam for about $250/year. Granted, it's a killer deal, but without it I think everything would still be about $325/year or so.

kellyb
Apr. 26, 2010, 07:57 PM
Mine was $240 (farm call split with other clients).

Shots, sheath clean, teeth float, normal 'annual' check up.

acyates
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:01 PM
How much is everyone paying for a Coggins right now? My lab is charging me $22.50 JUST to run the EIA test...

AHorseSomeDay
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:01 PM
Stanley got his first round of vaccines last Tuesday and he will get the second round of vaccines next week. He also got tube wormed. The vet is going to come again in a couple of weeks to inject his hocks.

Plus I wouldn't be surprised if his Lyme titer is high again and he needs to go on Doxy.

I am not looking forward to the bill. :no:

As for his teeth we have an equine dentist come and that costs $90.00.

serendipityhunter
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:07 PM
I do all of my own shots except for Coggins, rabies, and strangles. Those with the farm call split by three was around $90. Our dentist charges $70, and I have never seen him have to tranq a horse, and all the horses seem to do fine.

AliCat518
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:31 PM
Im with you on the sticker shock! My shots arent bad..I think about 150 for two horses. I do sheath cleaning myself and my guys havent needed floating. One had surgery 6 weeks ago though so im at about $5000 for him since the surgery!

I fully intend on giving as many shots as I can from now on just to save a few bucks!

ddashaq
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:35 PM
My vet is very inexpensive, which is why we use him for routine stuff like shots and coggins. He charges $85 for shots and coggins and will write as many health certs as you need at no charge, which works out great for the people that show all summer. A float is around $120 including drugs and I don't believe he charges a separate farm call fee.

Jersey Fresh
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:38 PM
Wow! I feel super lucky! I use one of the really big clinics here in Lexington (Rood and Riddle) and I have never paid a farm call (even when my horse ripped open his hock and need stitches and a drain on Labor Day). Anyway, we use a non-R&R dentist, I think I paid $110 last year for my horse's first time. Its a bit less once he has seen them.

Spring shots (+botulism-not sure if thats standard?) and his coggins and health certificate were $116 total. I find them very reasonable-a basic PPE was $150!

spacehorse
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:41 PM
I just did all mine, I do them myself. Per head it was about
$60. That is a 5-way, West Nile, Rabies, and Potomac Horse Fever. I do strangles only on the two that leave the farm, so add $25 for that.

I do have to get coggins done, I anticipate that being about $35 per test plus the farm call-seems to change every time, and I am about 12 minutes from the clinic. Even when I hauled in they charged me a fee...*insert eye roll*

Dentist will cost me I hope no more than $100, hand float. I had the vet do one last year and all he had were power tools. The horse I don't think had ever seen power tools and needed sedated three times I was NOT pleased, so I will call the dentist from now on! I'm pretty sure that was $150-175 with the multiple rounds of sedation. :mad:

MHM
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:42 PM
Wow! I feel super lucky! I use one of the really big clinics here in Lexington (Rood and Riddle)

Spring shots (+botulism-not sure if thats standard?) and his coggins and health certificate were $116 total. I find them very reasonable-a basic PPE was $150!

Wow! They must use the Costco pricing plan- volume discount! :lol:

seabreeze
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:42 PM
That makes me cherish my vet even more.

Shots, Coggins, routine dental (with sedation if needed), and farm call = $172/horse.

SuperSTB
Apr. 26, 2010, 08:51 PM
Am I crazy but when did floating teeth every year become the norm?

Young horse's teeth change and so do the oldsters, but in my herd's mid years my horses never needed it!

I don't check or float teeth unless I see an issue. Not to mention my vet used to just rasp them down and I never had a horse fight it. Now it is the norm to tranq first and ask questions later! $250 dollars later....Do they all REALLY need it every year?? I doubt it. And floating teeth while hideous looking to us, doesn't seem to phase a horse!

Perhaps because mine are on pasture most of the time I don't have the same issues as a stalled horse, but yikes! If I paid a vet to float and tranq my little herd every year I would be broke! They are all fat and happy, some have not had teeth floated in 5 years! No dropped feed or hay and no issues while riding....

And I HATE the fact that they use a tool to GRIND. Just doesn't sound right to me. The old rasp was more of the little off the top method I understood. YIKES

My current herd doesn't need a yearly float. Back in NE- they did and I think it was because they ate in hay racks and raised grain bins. So current herd gets a yearly teeth check and I'm pretty much rotating the floating to every other year. I did have one mare with a dental issue that required a check every 6 mo and at least a float 1x per year. I feed hay/grass and very little grain.

see u at x
Apr. 26, 2010, 09:55 PM
Let's see...spring shots and coggins this year are going to be $106 - no farm call, because they're doing about 100 horses all at once. The breakdown is as follows: Coggins-$24, Flu/Rhino-$20, Rabies-$10, Tetanus/EWEE- $12, West Nile-$22, Potomac Fever- $18.

For dentist, I spend probably $120-140 each visit...the dentist was coming every 6 months, but I think we're up to about 9-12 months, now. (Yes, my horse needs it and I do notice a difference in riding her after its been done.) That's for a manual float and I usually share the vet call with other people at the barn who are getting their horses' teeth done, too. So, maybe about $40 for the vet to tranq?

Also, I primarily use 2 different vet clinics because they're very good and also reasonably priced. Our barn uses a 3rd clinic for the shots and they do not charge us a farm visit to do so. Oh, and if it matters, I'm in the NOVA area.

slp
Apr. 26, 2010, 10:25 PM
How much is everyone paying for a Coggins right now? My lab is charging me $22.50 JUST to run the EIA test...

Ours this year was $35, you got a bargain!

xsalute
Apr. 26, 2010, 11:17 PM
I have my bill in front of me: EIA test, EW enceph, tet, flu, rhino, west nile, rabies, strangles and call charge $111.50 if I want to do teeth too it would be an extra $70

dab
Apr. 26, 2010, 11:18 PM
One of my vet charges

$5 split call fee
14 EWT
22 Flu/Rhino
22 WNV
12 Rabbies
22 Botulism
22 PHF
22 Strangles
25 Coggins

If my math's correct, that's $166 total for shots -- He also will pull titers that range in cost from $12 -$30 --

The dentist raised his rate for floating to $60 this year ... that's without sedation --

The vet who treats my other horse seems to charge about the same although her call fee split tends to be a little higher --

tBHj
Apr. 26, 2010, 11:54 PM
This year mine was $244.60 for 1 horse. This included teeth, calvenza vaccine & coggins test. My horse had her other vaccines earlier in the year.

I usually do my own vaccines but didn't think year since she only needed one it just made since for the vet to do it when he did her teeth.

Fun Size
Apr. 27, 2010, 12:29 AM
I'm in southern California...so unfortunately that number sounds close. I think my bill in December for shots, worming, float, sheath clean, and something else that I can't remember was right around $400.

Simbalism
Apr. 27, 2010, 01:25 AM
I've just had all this stuff done in the last month. Coggins was $30, I took my mare to the clinic to get it done( they don't charge a haul in fee). I do the vaccines myself spring and fall and it was about $140 for the shots( with shipping) for both times. I was a bad horse mommy and didn't get my horse's teeth done last year(dang furnace went out). The farm where I board just had an equine dentist out so I opted to just get it done with them(normally would have my vet do it). It was $215 with sedation and farm call, but figured that was about right as she hadn't had them done for 2 years. In the past I have just purchased vaccines from them and given myself. I have been using the same vet clinic for years and can go get meds or vaccines and give myself. So $315 for one horse.

eventingismylife
Apr. 27, 2010, 02:06 AM
For farm call, 5-way, West Nile, rabies, Strangles (and booster 2 weeks later b/c we werent sure if she had ever had it or not(new horse)), hocks injected, wormed (w/ Quest), coggins, general health exam, and teeth looked at for about approx. $350.

trubandloki
Apr. 27, 2010, 09:49 AM
$400 does not seem crazy to me for all that work.

All the vets in my neck of the woods have been dividing the vaccines over two appointments for several years now. It is a way to help prevent reactions, I believe.



Am I crazy but when did floating teeth every year become the norm?


It has been the norm to check teeth every year for as long as I can remember.
(So over 20 years.)

Obviously if not needed they are not floated.

MistyBlue
Apr. 27, 2010, 09:59 AM
I'm on the east coast...CT.
Spring shots/exam will be next month for me, but I have last year's bill here.

$75 Farm Call
$39 Annual Exam (horses were examined)
$30 EWT Vaccine
$27 PHF Vaccine
$30 WNV Vaccine
$27 Rabies Vaccine
$34 Rompun/Dormosedan Sedatio
$88 Teeth Float

This was per horse...had two horses done. (only one farm call fee obviously) and the total was $625.00 So just over $300 per horse.

HoneyB
Apr. 27, 2010, 10:58 AM
Seriously? Some of the prices listed are giving me heart palpitations.

The equine dentist charges $65 for a float. (No sedation needed.)

I just paid for spring shots:
Call charge 7 (split 7 ways)
Coggins 25
Rabies 15
5 Way 30
WNV 25

So $167 for dentist & spring shots.

Fall shots should be $62.

My spring bill was fine - except I had to buy more Adequan. :rolleyes:

rabicon
Apr. 27, 2010, 11:03 AM
OMG! Where are you located? I just got all mine done (5 horses), got stangles, 5way, flu shots, coggins, I rabies, and I maybe forgetting something, but I got everything that is possible to give them for 627.00!!! I love my vets they are awesome and care very much. The also got a check up. Its about 120.00 for all the shots and check up on one horse for me. A teeth floating cost 120.00 also. So if I floated teeth and did shots on one horse it would have been 240.00! And a sheath cleaning is only 10.00.

Grataan
Apr. 27, 2010, 11:07 AM
45 for exam, 120 for teeth (basic float only, extractions, canines/incisor/severe hooks/ramps/waves extra), 40 for sedation, 85 for farm call (one owner-we split if multiple owners), 20 for 3 way, 25 each for MLV Rhino and IN Flu, 25 for Rabies

not unreasonable for our area.

Now, remember if you were using someone in your area your call fee would probably be less.

Why not buy the shots from the clinic and give them yourself. Then have his teeth checked when the DVM is on their next regular visit? If the teeth are fine then there is no reason to float them. If you are paranoid, have them checked again in 6 months, or just before going in to winter, or three weeks before the big show etc.

findeight
Apr. 27, 2010, 11:36 AM
Whoa there...OP has never said exactly what vaccinations she paid for there.And there can be alot of "shots" there. Or just a few.

I read this for "shots" and that for "shots" but you can't compare unless they got EXACTLY the same type and number of shots...and some are comparing the combo vaccinations (up to 5) with some who prefer to give individual vaccinations.

Then you got the split into 2 visits or not. We have all sorts of debates on Horse Care about that and stories of sore necks and reactions. So many advise spilitting the shots...then some on here say "why split the shots".
there are just too many variables to make a real comparison.

Err....I just looked at a March statement for Flu EWT, Rhino EHV 1/4, and WNV. $80. There was an $11 discount for multiple vaccinations and no call charge. But I am in a 75 stall show and training barn that requires a vaccination program and does all the schedualing. Vet probably brought 2 techs and done a "shot day" for almost everything in the barn.

My April statement has a worming charge, Quest Plus. $19, no call charge. Must have been "worm day".

Can't recall exactly what I paid for the last float with sedation....probably under $150. And, again, it would have been "float day" and they would have done a bunch. Haven't had a gelding for awhile but they also have a "sheath day", it's pretty reasonable.

Nothing like that old Costco volume discount, eh?

danceronice
Apr. 27, 2010, 12:02 PM
Okay, for me...$79 for 1/3 of the farm call plus the spring vacs (I want to say rhino, WNV, flu, and rabies, but I'd have to look at the reciept again, EEE maybe? I wasn't there for the vet.) I didn't have a coggins pulled as he came with one and isnt' going anywhere any time soon, the equine dentist WOULD have been $30 in a separate visit (he doesn't charge for farm calls and he didn't charge for Lucky's float because there's a problem tooth he couldn't get it and I'm having to call in another specialist.) I do the sheath-cleaning myself. So it would have been about $111 between vet and dentist, as it stands $80 for the vet, we'll see what the specialist needs. She apparently sedates horses to do their teeth as she uses power tools, though given Lucky hasn't been sedated for any work so far, including the float (the wild 'n crazy OTTB was the only horse in the barn who did NOT need to be drugged for that!) we'll see.

Bearing in mind I pay $225 for full board, which is the low end of normal around here, and despite (or perhaps because) they're the only game in town, our vet would not get away with charging $400+ for a routine vaccination call. People just wouldn't call them.

Of course let's not get started with what I paid for two dogs and the heartworm, flea and tick meds plus an office visit and vaccines for a kitten. (Sadly, no, the on-line retailers would not be cheaper for Frontline and Interceptor.)

equidae
Apr. 27, 2010, 12:09 PM
I know how you feel, I'm in sales and times are tough! Give your own shots, first off. I can get nearly all mine at TSC or you could order them.

Who is the rest of your barn using? Any way you can tack on your coggins and float? Last, call around and ask for prices from all the vets. This will help you see what you should be paying.

Don't you need a prescription for vaccines? I would love to do them myself.

buschkn
Apr. 27, 2010, 02:44 PM
Go to Tractor Supply Company or somewehre similar. You only need to get Rabies and Botulism vaccines from a vet, I think.

I paid about $1100 for a bunch of horses. It worked out to about $75/horse for the following:

5 Way (EWT, Potomac, Flu/Rhino)
Rabies
WNV
Coggins
Health Cert

Teeth are done by a dentist, and runs about $60/horse. I just paid $60 for him to do an older mare I just got who hadn't been done in forever. Just one horse to do, no trip charge, drugs, lots of time and labor involved.

I am SO glad I live where I live!!

magicteetango
Apr. 27, 2010, 03:25 PM
Equidae, no you do not. If I go online I can get all my shots (rabies included). That excludes Botulism. This is the first year I've done that but I am feeding round bales so I decided to take the precaution.

And it's not that hard to do. Well... except for my mare, who thinks running backwards is the appropriate response to any needles. So I need to coordinate someone to hold her for me, LOL.

danceronice
Apr. 27, 2010, 03:41 PM
Equidae, no you do not. If I go online I can get all my shots (rabies included). That excludes Botulism. This is the first year I've done that but I am feeding round bales so I decided to take the precaution.


I'm kind of surprised they'll sell rabies (it's dead-virus, AFAIK, but still).

But yeah, no prescriptions. They usually only restrict the ones that can be seriously dangerous when misused (like botulism) so people don't do something silly like try to vaccinate themselves. (No, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if someone tried.)

TrotTrotPumpkn
Apr. 27, 2010, 03:46 PM
West Nile is a modified live virus. I had to mix the vials (via the syringe) shortly before injecting it and keep it refrigerated. I wouldn't think you could buy that at TSC, etc. can you??

If you order it online don't you worry about the refrigeration issue--I would think the cost to overnight it would erase just buying it from the vet.

Or am I missing something.

Whoever mentioned the dogs--OMG! Heartguard and Advantix plus the bloodwork and vaccines. And talk about a dental bill! That one seems way worse than the horses every year!!

jetsmom
Apr. 27, 2010, 03:54 PM
75.00 for shots (whole barn gets done so we split farm call)
75.00 teeth float and sheath cleaning

Plus the vet will do the barn help's horse's vaccinations for free. I offered to pay for his horse (since I know he doesn't make a lot of money and just bought him) and he is really good with the horses, but vet let me know he does his for free since he helps hold everyone's horses.

Callison
Apr. 28, 2010, 12:34 AM
I just paid $240 for shots/coggins/teeth. No farm call though as I live 3 miles from vet so I haul in. LOVE that.

S4zeus
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:23 AM
The practice I work for does a "spring special" more as an incentive to encourage some of the "backyard owners" to actually take the time and vaccinate their horses. But all our vaccines get discounted and the we offer a free farm call if you pay at the time of service. So just a run down

EWT - $12
Rabies - $10
Strep IM - $18
WNV - $24
PHF - $22 (Potomac Horse Fever - most regions don't give this vaccine but it was created for the region in which we live.)
Flu/Rhino - $16

EIA (coggins) - $24

For floating - sedation runs anywhere from $25-40 in most cases and the float itself is $88 for a simple power float. If your horse has crazy hooks, a wave mouth, slant, etc and it takes much longer to do the float the cost is $120 I believe.

Our farm call if not paying at the time of service ranges from $44-$62 depending on the area of the practice. We provide service to a 50 mile radius around Northern Virginia. If your splitting the farm call the call is cut in half.

JustABay
Apr. 28, 2010, 10:13 AM
Just to clarify cost and "shots"

Call fee was $55

Prestige +II - EIV/EHV -$40.68
Imrab -$18.28
Encevac T -$20.60
West Nile Vaccine -$41.60
Pinnacle -$31.50
Dentistry -$102.00 (Power Float)
Sedation -$45.00

This was pulled directly from my statement, so you can see where the cost breakdown is exactly, and the shots that I gave. I couldn't afford the second call fee so poor guy got all shots at one time:( Thank god I have a good BO that is keeping a close eye on him today in case of a reaction and is calling with updates!

rabicon
Apr. 28, 2010, 10:32 AM
knock on wood but I've always given mine the shots at once and have never had a reaction problem. It an happen but I don't think its that common.

I'm suprised whoever said they can buy rabies online. When I was a vet tech that was one thing you could not just come by and pick up. I wasn't even suppose to take it home with me the tech to give to my own animals. Maybe laws have changed???

magicteetango
Apr. 28, 2010, 11:57 AM
Yes, I was surprised that I got rabies online but they shipped me a vial of it. The West Nile I did purchase at TSC, in the syringe and no mixing required.

I had my vet give Potomac and Rabies this year just because TSC was out of Potomac, and I didn't feel like doing a separate order for those online. I will be having my vet out in a few weeks to do the final booster for Botulism, they've never gotten that vaccine before.

But there are always ways to cut costs, OP, and to do it without compromising the horse. For instance, I just called a dentist the other day who wanted $95 a horse unless I could get 7 or 8 over at one time. I called my old barn owner for the number for her dentist, who is $75 each and does a good job and has done my mare before.

Nothing wrong with comparison shopping, although you want to also make sure they know what they are doing.

findeight
Apr. 28, 2010, 12:14 PM
Just to clarify cost and "shots"

Call fee was $55

Prestige +II - EIV/EHV -$40.68
Imrab -$18.28
Encevac T -$20.60
West Nile Vaccine -$41.60
Pinnacle -$31.50
Dentistry -$102.00 (Power Float)
Sedation -$45.00



For the ones that match (far as I can tell) on my statement, I got...

Flu EWT 43.00
Rhino EHV 1/4 20.00
WNV 28.00


Then I got that $11 discount for multiple vaccines.

But, just looking at the WNV that certainly is the same? mine was 28 and yours was friggen 41.60????? What's Pinnacle? Please tell me it's not a wormer for 31.50.

Your float with sedation price is fair. Farm call is fair. The rest seems high.

BTW, my vet owns a sport horse clinic with 4 or 5 vets. Clinic has a surgical suite with table etc. Truck has extensive diagnostic equipment.

Have to say, looks like you are paying too much. Not like the farm call is built on to those prices as some do either-you are paying both a farm call and 100%+ mark up on his costs.

JustABay
Apr. 28, 2010, 01:13 PM
findeight-LOL NO! I'm not that stupid!!:lol: I wouldn't be buying $30 wormer-I'm too poor for that!

Pinnacle is the intranasal Strangles vaccine...We have had a bit of an outbreak where I am and now everyone is paranoid.:rolleyes:

And I think the WNV vaccine is actually a combination of 2 vaccines, or at least that is how I understood it.

findeight
Apr. 28, 2010, 01:28 PM
:lol:

Mine is 21 years old now and I refuse to pay for any kind of Strangles vaccine...after being vaccinated for 15+ years(or whenever it came out) for it and probably having at least a mild case as youngster? I think it is safe enough.

But that illustrates how hard it is to compare shot prices.

Feel like a dinosaur anymore. Back when I started they got tetnus, rhino and flu shots had just come out. And we tube wormed after fasting them 12 hours. How things have changed:confused:.

I still think your bill is up there for mutiple vaccines and the teeth i a single call.

TrotTrotPumpkn
Apr. 28, 2010, 01:38 PM
Yes, I was surprised that I got rabies online but they shipped me a vial of it. The West Nile I did purchase at TSC, in the syringe and no mixing required.


I didn't realize this before, but there are actually 3 different WNV vaccines you can give. I believe I gave the third one listed. Looks like not all of them are modified live.

http://www.aaep.org/wnv.htm

Who knew? I just know the clinic was really anal about maintaining the cold temp and mixing it right before administration.

nashfad
Apr. 28, 2010, 01:38 PM
I encourage my customers to buy their own vaccines through KV Vet or whoever they choose. They can save tons of $$ that way. Also, the Rabies will not be shipped to certain states. Like TN. But it can be shipped to certain states--------figure it out.

crazy gray horse
Apr. 28, 2010, 01:46 PM
I just had shots done and it was:

$75 for: EWT, PHF, flu/rhino, rabies, WNV
$25 coggins.

Call charge was $9 (vet tries to do all shots in one area the same day so we can split call charge).

I have teeth done by an equine dentist runs on average $150.

I do my own sheath cleaning :D

cwill
Apr. 28, 2010, 02:11 PM
I paid $135 for Miss Mare to have her teeth done( experienced vet, very good at teeth, includes sedation and split farm call) and $45 for spring vaccines WNV, Tet, Flu/Rhino, E/W. I give the vaccines myself. She has rabies and flu/rhino and wnv given again in the fall- I don't remember what that costs. I thought I was paying a ton- guess not:lol::lol::lol:

BeaSting
Apr. 28, 2010, 08:59 PM
I signed up for one of my vet's HMO options for $418. Includes a comprehensive exam, a blood profile, 7 way vaccine two times a year, mid-summer F/R, strep/strangles, rabies and botulism once a year, Coggins, 2 fecal evaluations and 10% discount on farm calls and other services.

winegum
Apr. 28, 2010, 09:46 PM
eeek. I live in tn in a rural area and lucky for me, vet costs are pretty cheap. I just got my horses annual vaccinations, teeth floated, sheath cleaned and basic check up for around $150.