Oh your poor puppy!! I work in a vet clinic as a nurse but being in SA I have had zero exp with paralysis ticks as we dont have them here.. we barely have the brown dog tick in my area.. some ppl say that have seen them but extremely rare.
The amount u are spending is a lot but I would say that this is for critical care monitoring. When an animal is THAT sick they require constant care and monitoring, medications etc and yes.. you have to pay for it. But like I said.. it is hard to say if it is a fair price as we dont deal with that particular illness at my vet clinic.
I dont want to hijack your post but just want to defend my profession in a sense, we all need to remember that vet clinics are not government funded, they are often privately owned, there are no medicare benefits, concession cards etc so yes, it may seem expensive.. but really.. you are just paying for what is used, drugs, services etc.
has anyone been to the Dr or the dentist and had voluntary procedures done?? For my tooth to be filled I was quoted $200.. Now I know I could have a dogs teeth scale and polished for that price.. this included anaesthesia, drugs, and constant nurse and veterinary care while at the vet clinic.. compared to a half hour visit to the dentist.
Sorry I dont mean to rant.. I just always hear how vets are soooo expensive, and so unforgiving when it comes to bills etc, but we have to remember, we choose to have pets knowing that these benefits dont include our beloved animals.
I really do hope your puppy gets better quickly!! xx
I appreciate your post. You are absolutely right in terms of why vet work cost amount they do. I have been involved in the animal industry for 12 years now working with and in zoos, wildlife parks and vets. The prices in vet clinics do fluctuate considerably. Thats why vets in town drive bmws and farm vets drive used 4wds. Some vets charge a fee everytime you walk through the door, others let it go if its a follow up. It costs me more to take my dog to a small animal vet to get looked at (no medication or treatment), then it does for a vet to drive 20k to come to my house, load me up with sheep medication and be on call 24/7. Vets vary considerably with treatments they feel are important as well and upselling has sadly become a big part of it. I know one vet that I went to, they tried to tell me I need to feed my dog their range of dog food. Also I have had 10 years experience with giving injections and drips to various animals. But if my dog needed one, I would have buckleys chance of being given them to do myself. Any other animal - not a problem. But a small animal vet would require I bring it in everytime. So from my experience with working alongside all of these people from different areas, is that even though the medications are the same price, and the ailments are the same - what one vet considers a fair price is totally different to another. A vet that is used to working in an affluent area, couldn't possibly charge the same in a low socioeconomic area because they would never get people in the door. A vet working in an area where people don't have a lot of money or a vet working with people who have a lot of animals such as a farm situation charge a whole lot differently when they want the best outcome for the animal, but on a low budget.
Vet nurses work really hard and do a fantastic job, as do vets. I applaud them for the sheer hard work they put in.
All the best!