The 2 most recent examples was 1) a golden retrieverr with about an 8" laceration on the side that was stapled closed using sedation/lidocaine. Their estimate from Banfield was $1890-$200 with the only other option to euthnaize for $51; our charge was around $250 but if they had done NOTHING but tape and topical antibiotics, the dog would have been fine.
2) a 7 yr old min-pin with horrible dental disease, alot of pain and would not eat was given an estimate of $1700 or kill the pet for $51. The dental was done at our office for about $378 and the dog did great. Another older example was a 2 year old dog with heartworm disease, no clinical signs- the option was $1500 heartworm treatment and the dog was euthanized becasue owner could not afford it. On heartguard alone, the dog stood a much better chance at survival
They should give the 3rd option of going to another veterinarian before they kill someones beloved pet.
We do call theri main office every time we get one of these cases in.
They can charge how much they want, their choice. But the only other option should NOT be euthanasia when other vets in the area would treat the pet at the fraction of the cost.
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