My wife and I have very different perspectives on when to visit the doctor. She tends to go shortly after the onset of symptoms. I tend to give my body a few days to fire up the immune system and recover on its own as well as avoid the cost and annoyance of having to actually to go the doctor. If anyone in our family does go to the doctor, I have enough knowledge of our medical insurance plan to know how much a diagnostic visit is going to cost. If a procedure is needed that I donâ€™t know the cost, I call my provider and find out before I move forward. That way I know how much my bill is going to be before it even comes in the mail.
But what about when a pet becomes ill?
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This scenario played out in my home on Monday. One of our cats was unable to keep anything in her stomach, but otherwise seemed OK. She wasnâ€™t hiding and was fairly energetic. My thought was we would keep our eye on her, and assess how she was feeling the next day. If there was no improvement, then we might think about taking her to the vet. My wife, on the other hand, called every vet within a 5 mile radius looking for someone that could fit her in immediately.
With my son and wife visibly upset with the situation, I knew this wasnâ€™t the battle I should choose to fight. I did insist on getting an estimate as to how much a diagnostic visit would cost. When my wife finally settled on an animal clinic, she received a base quote of $303 for a wellness check and blood work to rule out any major illnesses that affect older cats (ours is 11 years old).
By the time we walked out the door, our grand total was $379.50
Hereâ€™s the breakdown of our bill:
- Exam/Office Call: $60.75
- Lab: Blood Profile, CBC, FPL Test : $242.25
- Bio-Hazard Disposal Fee: $3.00
- Anti-nausea injection: $34.50
- Fluid pack: $39.00
The good news is, all the tests showed that our furry friend is extremely healthy. In fact, she seemed to be feeling much better even the next morning. The bad news is, we threw down close to $400 to find out she had a upset stomach. As my wife and I looked over the bill, we both knew it, but not a word was said.
How do you decide when itâ€™s time to go to the doctor? How do you decide when itâ€™s time to take your pet to the doctor?
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