Things You Need To Know About The Cost Of A Veterinary Hospital Visit
January 1, 2017
It is no secret that veterinary animal hospital Baltimore services are expensive, especially in the case of chronic illnesses or emergencies that involve complicated medical procedures and treatment. However, if you consider everything that is involved in a visit to the vet, you will soon realize that the costs are not as unreasonable as you previously thought.
Factors that influence the cost of a veterinary hospital visit
First of all, there are a lot of variables related to the geographical position of the office. For example, running a veterinary practice in New York will be more expensive than in Beaufort, for obvious reasons: property taxes, insurance etc.
A regular checkup at the vet always includes the health history, the examination, the acquisition of basic information (pulse, respiratory rate, weight, body temperature). This is the minimum you will have to pay for, but in some situations, things go even further: certain diagnostics come with recommended tests and treatments, emergencies may involve surgeries etc.
Your veterinarian should be able to estimate the costs for minimalist, standard and complete care programs, explain the benefits and the risks and then you can start talking about payment options. If you are on a tight budget, your vet may be able to suggest you affordable payment plans.
How much will you be required to pay during your puppy’s/ cat’s first year?
A general estimation includes:
– Vaccinations – > $250
– Spaying or neutering surgery – > $175
– Annual examination – > $50
– Deworming and prevention – >$130
– Tick and flea treatment and prevention – > $200
– Dental cleaning – > $125
– Fecal exam – >$50
The costs will remain similar during each year to come (though indoor cats may cost you slightly lower) because most of these examinations and testing occur annually.
How about the cost of a veterinary hospital visit for an emergency?
Statistics show that about 40% of clients of veterinary hospitals reported paying $300-$500 for an emergency visit, and about 60% spent more than $1,000. This is because emergency visit costs about $100, diagnostics that often involve blood work and X-rays costs about $200 for each procedure, hospitalization for 24h and treatment with meds and fluids costs more than $1000 and outpatient treatment starts from $200.
The fees for out of hours emergency treatments are typically higher than fees related to regular daytime treatments, which is understandable: clients pay for veterinarians trained in dealing with emergency care, who are willing to work during weekends and holidays, as well as for special equipment.
You cannot anticipate if and when you will experience a pet emergency, but it seems that a high percentage of pet owners (more than 70%) have been through this at least once. In these circumstances, it is best to be prepared and develop a pet emergency plan: set aside some money or purchase a health insurance policy. This way, you can rest assured that you can afford to provide proper care to your little lovely companion, which makes all the difference in the world.