Today two of my boys had their annual check-ups. It was an easy visit – no shots, no co-pay, all good. Then I took my other “baby” for her check-up today.
At the vet.
My 5-year old Labradoodle Matilda was due for her Rabies and Lyme vaccines as well as her Heartworm test.
Also a relatively easy visit, until I went to pay my bill on the way out.
$650 dollars later, Matilda’s check-up was complete.
Although the refills of her Heartworm and Flea and Tick medications seemed necessary and added to the cost of the visit, I wondered about the other charges.
A SUPER chem blood test? Couldn’t they just give her the REGULAR blood test? You know, like when you buy gas. I never go for Premium or Super. My car runs on regular just fine.
And what about the cytology on the cyst on her leg?
I knew I never should have pointed it out to the vet, because 9 times out of 10, those mysterious lumps you find on dogs are benign growths.
I knew the vet would charge me more to take a biopsy on her harmless bump than it would be for me to get my own benign growths checked out.
As I was fishing through my wallet, trying to decide which credit card to honor with these charges, I noticed a woman in the waiting room carrying a small box.
The box was too small for there to be a cat or dog inside. I guessed that it had to be something exotic.
On my way out, I peeked into the box and there I saw a turtle (or is it a tortoise?).
She was headed out too and grumbled to me about her bill as well.
“$450 dollars to treat my turtle,” she complained.
“Oh, I got a bill even worse than that,” I commiserated.
I was curious about what was wrong with her turtle, so I continued to make conversation.
“I didn’t know that animals like that even go to the vet,” I said.
“Oh, they usually don’t. I’ve had him for 12 years and this is his first visit. He stopped eating so I knew something was wrong,” she explained.
We wished each other luck and went out to our respective cars.
$450 for a turtle that doesn’t even fetch a tennis ball and $650 for a young, healthy dog.
Did I mention that I saw the veterinarian’s car parked in the lot with the license plate, “VETSRUS”?
And that the car he drives is a Lexus???
I knew I should have gone to vet school.