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  • Queen Latisha
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    You wanted a vet's opinion and you got one.
    Why do you think his time and knowledge, should be given out for free?

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  • Fixerupper
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    "a woman at a cocktail party was introduced to a doctor..she asked a number of questions about her health issues and the doctor kindly answered her. A few days later she recieved a bill in the mail from the doctor, for a consultation. She was furious. At another, cocktail party she was introduced to a lawyer. She told him her story about the doctor and asked him what she should do. He said 'pay up'. A few days later she recieved a bill in the mail, from the lawyer, for a consultation."

    No free lunch

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  • imissvixen
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    I have paid more for less. Sometimes I wonder if it is worth it and then when my horse colics in the middle of the night and the vet is here or when a horse needs surgery and he has the facilities I am so grateful that this guy is around and that he keeps doing what he does.

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  • Ride2Dreams
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    My first thought on reading the thread title was "Wow, that's cheap". Lameness exams in the past for me have been on average $100 for a short flexion test, palpate and a jog out. At the MOST it took 15 minutes at the least it took 5 minutes. If he had to do something other then those three things cost immediately went up to around $150-$200. You asked for the exam, he gave to you and (imo) charged you decently.

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  • AlfalfaGirl
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    I agree with the peace of mind this exam gave you is cheap at $77. A doctor that knows his/her stuff is worth their weight in gold. Someone who can correctly diagnose something quickly is far preferable to someone who keeps your horse for observation/tests/etc. and slaps you with $500 fee for overnight care, tests, therapy, exams...yadda yadda yadda....yes $77 would be cheaper!! No one ever said horses were cheap!!

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  • tarynls
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    Originally posted by spacehorse View Post
    I am just having trouble justifying paying that for what seemed like a total nonchalant exam.
    You may think it was a nonchalant exam but consider that vet had about $200K in student loans for undergrad & vet school.

    Most vets have enough experience that they don't need to do a thorough, 30 minute exam. A cursory exam may have yielded the diagnosis.

    In my area, I would be hard pressed to find a vet to do such an exam for that price. That includes vets that come to the farm as well as clinic vets.

    Don't burn any bridges! You never know when that particular vet will be the ONLY one available to see your horse at a given time.

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  • spacehorse
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    I am just having trouble justifying paying that for what seemed like a total nonchalant exam.

    When I left that office, I seriously wondered if I was going to be charged at all. For what he did, it almost seemed silly to me. Did not ask the horses name or anything.

    On the bill, it is listed under a horse that was euthanized over 3 years ago. Think I may enlighten them on that bit, cause they treated the horse before he was euthanized at Leesburg and should certainly know that he doesn't need a tendon examined!

    I don't even know if I could request a specific vet. I haven't seen any one of them enough to know if I 'like' any of them. I was in horses professionally for years up until this spring. I have a very good relationship with two very good vets. I could see either one of them but I would have to make arrangements to a visiting farm in order to use them, as their travel area does not make it to my barn. Neither one have a barn/clinic area.

    I will be revisiting one of them for the follow up for the lameness.

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  • spacehorse
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    Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
    This is the classic case of the old story about a big factory where everything ground to a halt because the generator stooped.
    The repairman showed up and looked over the system for 5 minutes.
    Then he turned a valve.
    The system roared to life.
    The repairman handed the factory owner a bill for $500.
    The factory owner said, "but all you did was open one valve! This is outrageous!"
    The repairman took back the bill.
    He wrote out a second bill--

    "opening valve--$5.00
    knowing which valve to open--$495.00"

    Ok, ok, I get it....

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  • Fharoah
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    That seems very fair to me.


    My vet charges $100 for soundness exam
    $75 for facility use
    there are usually xrays and sedation and injection on top of that.
    they have to make something for all the time and cost in getting a veterinary education?

    I actually think you got lucky, I know my lameness vet would only do a full soundness exam and he would charge a facility charge at the least, which I am happy to pay because he is so knowledgeable and caring towards the horses.

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  • Long Spot
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    Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
    This is the classic case of the old story about a big factory where everything ground to a halt because the generator stooped.
    The repairman showed up and looked over the system for 5 minutes.
    Then he turned a valve.
    The system roared to life.
    The repairman handed the factory owner a bill for $500.
    The factory owner said, "but all you did was open one valve! This is outrageous!"
    The repairman took back the bill.
    He wrote out a second bill--

    "opening valve--$5.00
    knowing which valve to open--$495.00"
    HAHA! And

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  • Ghazzu
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    This is the classic case of the old story about a big factory where everything ground to a halt because the generator stooped.
    The repairman showed up and looked over the system for 5 minutes.
    Then he turned a valve.
    The system roared to life.
    The repairman handed the factory owner a bill for $500.
    The factory owner said, "but all you did was open one valve! This is outrageous!"
    The repairman took back the bill.
    He wrote out a second bill--

    "opening valve--$5.00
    knowing which valve to open--$495.00"

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  • Ben and Me
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    Originally posted by spacehorse View Post
    I agree. I so feel like I need a new vet. Pickins are slim around here, though.

    This office has gotten huge, I have never ever seen the same vet twice. Every time I get some first or second year. I am not 'paying for experience', IMO.

    They have come through in emergencies, but for routine work I am scared to call them for both what I will get charged, and I also wonder what vet I will get THIS time...
    So why don't you request which vet you want to see for your appointments?

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  • shakeytails
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    OP, what did you expect to be charged?

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  • Auventera Two
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    I'm willing to pay seriously top dollar prices, *IF* I know that the vet is seriously top notch. There's a vet here that I'm willing to pay through the nose to deal with because she's just that good. But I won't pay it for other vets, so I don't even schedule appointments with them. A $77 lameness exam with her would be well worth the peace of mind because I'd know that in that 3 minutes, she made a highly educated and accurate diagnosis or decision/recommendations, etc. But $77 with one of the other vets in their clinic - ehhh, no thanks.

    I use one vet who is sort of a "down home cow vet" type guy who is about to retire, and he's super nice, low reasonable fees, but I don't use his services for for truly complicated stuff like Libbey's Founder/Cushings/IR/Arthritis. But I will go to him to put 3 stiches in the dog's torn hide, or get drops for an eye infection, or film xrays.

    I guess at the fancy equine hospital with the really up-to-date equine specialist vet, I expect to pay a lot more, and it doesn't bother me. Going to the local pet/farm animal vet, I expect to have a lower bill, and I'd be really shocked if I got a big one. So far that's never happened.

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  • SeeHowSheRuns
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    I paid $150 as a base price for lameness exams. blocking or radiographs were on top of that.
    Going in for a recheck is around $80 to basically palpate the site and jog.
    But I respect his knowledge and am willing to pay for it.

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  • jherold
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    You're not just paying for his time, you're paying for the staff that was there to answer your call, send you the bill, the facilities that were there, insurance etc. My firm bills me, a paralegal, at $200/hour. 10 minutes of my time would cost you $40 and I'm not nearly as educated as your vet. Sounds like you got off cheap and that he didn't bill you for a full exam!

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  • atlatl
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    If it makes you feel any better; I hauled my horse 120 miles for a tendon recheck. Regular vet was not immediately there; new vet decided she would get things started and sedated the horse for the recheck ultrasound. Proceeds to ultrasound the horse and is telling me how she can see the tendon is healing, I point out that she's about 4 inches above the tear. At least she was on the correct leg.

    Regular vet shows up and wants to see the horse jog first. Since he was sedated, surprise surprise, he didn't want to trot out!! I was so angry. I talked to the regular vet after paying the bill and he admitted it "was a bummer" that the horse had already been sedated. They still charged me for the clinical, however, did give me "free" ultrasound later.

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  • spacehorse
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    I agree. I so feel like I need a new vet. Pickins are slim around here, though.

    This office has gotten huge, I have never ever seen the same vet twice. Every time I get some first or second year. I am not 'paying for experience', IMO.

    They have come through in emergencies, but for routine work I am scared to call them for both what I will get charged, and I also wonder what vet I will get THIS time...

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  • trubandloki
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    Originally posted by Jasmine

    And if they "bent you over" on the first exam, it sounds like you need to find a new vet. My vet is really expensive, but he's also one of the best in the area. I'm willing to pay the extra because I trust his judgement. If you're not willing to pay that clinic's prices, find a different one. I'm guessing you won't find anything a whole lot cheaper, either.
    Yeah, my thoughts too!

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  • LuvMyTB
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    I'd be throwing a party for a $77.50 lameness exam.

    I just got charged $200 for "physical exam/time" when, in reality, there was NO exam at all--the horse was down and thrashing when the vet got there. So she just charged me for her time instead.

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