Man, fuck vets.
First, and not dog related per se, I took my cat in last week. He's an outdoor cat, spending days and nights roaming, eating rats and mice, fighting and drinking from puddles. So I figure that he will get worms. He's been loosing some weight and I wanted a scrip for wormer. No go. I have to come in and pay for a visit b/c they had not seen him for a year. Once there they decide he needs booster vaccinations. Oh, and his teeth are really in need of cleaning and his gums are inflamed, and this tooth is broken and will need to be removed (and to the vet's credit, the gum did look inflamed), and before we do that we need to run blood tests to determine the condition of his organs so we can be sure we can put him under and I'll just take him to the back right now to get started,. . . please do pay 500-700.
Uh, no, fuck that give me the boosters for 20 and the wormer and let me go. I'm not even paying 500 to clean my own fucking teeth.
Then I take my dog to the vet. She's been really short of breath after exercise, panting a lot, and has had a runny nose for awhile. I had not been giving her her heartworm meds and wanted to get her tested. Again, should be pretty simple. Instead they outline about 500 dollars in tests. stool, blood, a xray, a nose scope, and a snot culture. But they are also going to put her on a wormer that will treat worms. So why test her shit for worms that you are going to be treating for anyway? She has no signs of a protozoan and in any case there are wormers that treat them while treating worms and are cheaper than the test, which is not even conclusive, so why bother?
Can't you take a snot sample and test for a fungal infection w/o knocking her out? Can't we proceed from cheaper and easier rather than scatter shot testing that cots hundreds of dollars? And why is it that every vet visit costs 100's, and addresses problems I've never even heard of while the dog I had growing up went to the vet like twice and lived to a ripe old age? My parents have a cat that is about 16, has lived outside her whole life, hunted and fought, and never set foot in a vet's office. arrg.
And after all that she tried to give me the hard sell of spaying. I told her that I was unconvinced that ripping out her internal organs was "fixing" anything. She responded with "well, dogs that are unspayed are almost 100% sure to get breast cancer." I told her I was dubious and let her give me the stink eye.