|The hard cone.|
Right now, it's the morning after, and I assure you he does not miss them at all.
I traded in the hard cone they gave us at the Washington Humane Society for a soft cone that does the job equally well. A massive amount of food was wolfed down this morning, and though Misto does not look like he needs a Tramadol, I gave him one of those too, just to be sure.
As always, I called around to price vet services, starting with Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic. This is their email:
We would have to have an initial exam before we would proceed with the surgery. Our exam fee is $89.00. The microchip is $101.00 and a neuter typically runs in the range of $900.00 to $1100.00, but the doctor would write you a detailed estimate that is particular to your pet after the exam. If you would like to schedule an appointment for the initial visit, or if you have any further questions, please give us a call at 703-528-9001. We have availability as early as tomorrow afternoon.
Right. Why not just round it up to an even $10,000 and be done with it? That "initial exam" is not needed, not asked for, and is simply a way for the vet to upcode for lyme testing, heartworm testing, a heartworm pill regime, fecal tesing, and vaccines not asked for or needed.
Most folks going in for an $89 exam fee (they are going in to pay the fee not to get an exam) are going to leave after paying a $300 bill made up of entirely manufactured concerns.
The "target bill" they were trying to work up to at the Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic was clearly going to be around $1,500.
I got Misto and Moxie chipped at the Petco van for $15 each as compared to the $101 Cherrydale wanted to charge.
I got Misto neutered for $130, complete with Tramadol and cone, at the Washington Humane Society, as compare to the $1,100 they wanted to charge at Cherrydale.
The folks at the Washington Humane Society were wonderfully professional, no-hassle, and the work is about as neat a bit of sewing as I have seen. No reason to come back -- the stitches dissolve. No pre-operation checkup or full-court press to upcode or upsell. In short, the Washington Humane Society is everything a good veterinary service should be, and almost never is.
Is a spay or neuter done by the Washington Humane Society going to be better than the one done by your average vet? Count on it. These folks do over a hundred spays and neuters a week, which means they have serious Kung Fu in this arena.
For those who wonder how going to the veterinarian became an exercise in avoiding having your pocket picked, read this older post entitled "Veterinary Trades Say It's Time to Rip-off the Rubes".