What's your vet charge for common services?
Is it on their web site? Is it posted in their office?
Washington, D.C. is one of the most expensive places in America to live, and the Washington Humane Society charges (and openly lists) the following fees for comparison:
- Regular Spay/Neuter Package (includes surgery, pain medication, e-collar and complimentary nail trim) $130
- In-heat Spay additional $20
- Pregnant Spay additional $25
- Cryptorchid additional $20-$40
- Over 100 lbs. additional $20
- Aggressive Dog additional $20
- Frontline flea treatment per dose $10
- Distemper (DHPP) vaccination $10
- Rabies vaccination $10
- Nail trim $5
- Microchip $35
- E-collar $10
- Heartworm test $20
- Six months of heartworm preventative (under 50 lbs) $20
- Six months heartworm preventative (over 50 lbs) $25
For the record, my own vet, which was voted one of the "Best Veterinary Hospitals" in the Washington, D.C. area has a web site but publishes NO pricing.
Again, why not? I would complain, but I only see them about once every five years, as I do my own vet work for small wounds, shots, flea and tick, worming, etc.
How about your vet? Google them and let's see how many out there actually report pricing!
And no, pricing is not everything, but since "no one goes to a bad doctor," it's not a small issue either, is it?