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Puppy Care Plan

May 21st, 2015 at 05:44 am

I'm a little ticked that my vet didn't tell me about this plan sooner. They apparently have a plan that comes out to about $700 dollar (split into monthly payments of about $50) that includes 5 visits (each normally $60), all vaccines, spay, deworming, and 2 or 3 fecal exams.

Had I known this existed, I most definitely would have gotten this plan, as DD2's first visit was $160 and her second was $240ish including a fecal exam and deworming treatment. The spay alone is going to be around $500, and she still has another round of vaccines (happening today). As it is, I think we may still get it since the spay and 3 more visits alone would cover the cost, but it's really frustrating that no one ever explained to me that this existed. I'm going to speak to their billing department at the vet and also reach out to the hospital chain's billing department to see about possibly applying the previous visits retroactively (even if as just a credit since with 3 animals, we have vet visits several times a year), but it doesn't seem likely.

3 Responses to “Puppy Care Plan”

  1. klarose Says:

    Your vet costs are outrageous.

    I can get a spay or neuter here for $35, if I stand in line for a coupon. Or normal price is around $100.

    $700 for shots and spaying is crazy. My dogs recently got wormed, all shots, heartworm testing, etc. It was about $100 per dog. If you added the spaying it would still be under $150.

  2. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Wow klarose! I wish we had those prices... I live in the DC area and it's ridiculous. It's $60 just for the visit! DD1 grew up going to the vet near my mom and even they were $35/visit. I believe his neuter was about $250. I don't mind the costs because I knew what we're getting into, but I wish I had known about the plan sooner. I know there are low-cost spay options, but my concern is having someone completely unknown doing such a big procedure. The repercussions if something went wrong would likely be way worse than paying a little more upfront for quality care.

    I did just speak with the receptionist. She said she knows it's not possible to retrofit services to the plan, but when I pushed a little more, she took notes of the services we had done that were covered and is going to take it to her office manager. I suggested that even a credit for partial, if not all, services would be appreciated as we currently have 3 pets under their care.

  3. klarose Says:

    A vet visit is $45 around here. But, they don't charge you that if you are going in for something else which you are paying for. Such as shots, or spaying, etc.

    Also, when my cat was recently sick and had to go back several times, they never charged the $45 again. Only the first time, for the initial check up.

    The $35 for spaying is a coupon, which you get, and then you can take it to any vet and they will use it, so it's the same care.

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