One Expensive Day
August 28, 2009 by admncc
If you’ve ever wondered what the foolproof business is in this economy, I have the answer for you. Become a veterinarian.
Seriously, how many people do you know who treat their pets like their own children? And even if they don’t take it to that extent, of course they love and are still going to care for their pets.
We have two cats. Both are Calicos. One is eight years old and the other is two years old. The two-year-old was due for several vaccinations on Wednesday. I took her and the final bill was $87. Office call $42, cat distemper $25, rabies $16 and the hazardous material fee was $4.
After we got home, over the next three hours, the cat vomited almost 20 times. It was one of those situations where she would start vomiting, it would calm down and we’d think it was over (like the time she ate a spider), and then it would start up again. She started to vomit blood so we called the emergency pet clinic.
At 10 p.m. I drove the cat to the 24-hour veterinarian. Diagnosis – an allergic reaction to the vaccinations, dehydration and a temporary heart murmur due to the excessive vomiting. That bill was $238.76. Emergency visit $115, hospital admitting $27.50, overnight monitoring $46.13, intravenous fluids $30 and the medicine was $21.13.
In the span of five hours, we spent $325.76, not to mention the fact that the cat had to spend the night in the hospital. Now here’s the kicker – they don’t accept personal checks. Neither of the two vets I visited that day did. You have to pay with cash or use a credit card. I had barely walked in the door to the 24-hour clinic and they were shoving a credit card authorization form in my face as well as a “payment is due at the time of service” reminder. What do you do in that situation? I guess you pay the bill and like it… But I’m happy to report that the cat is fine…