Originally Posted by JLibourel
In addition to all these health problems, the costs of veterinary treatment have just gone through the roof in recent years. This has become a real concern. It is much more of a deterrent to me than the cost of dog food. Back when I had my first Tosa (1995-8), a typical vet visit would run $60 or $70. In later years, anytime I got out of the vet's office for less than $200, I felt lucky. I really get a very dark and creepy feeling anytime I even see a vet's office these days. My dog Dempsey cost me about $5,500 in the last 16 months of his life, most of that going for treatment of an infected paw.
This is really something to be aware of - the vet business has evolved into a total racket. In addition to which many of the vets are just not very good and tend to overtreat as well as overcharge. A bad vet did in my buddy Napo with a dental vaccine and then months of misdiagnoses and misguided treatment, including at the end prescribing an antibiotic on the same day as blood test results showed that the medication was contraindicated. For the sake of your pup, yourself and your budget, choose your vet very carefully. And if anything at all puts you off, even just a vague feeling the vet is not up to it (or up to something) run as fast as you can.