The high cost of veterinary care
I took my cat to the vet yesterday to have his teeth cleaned. I was a bit shocked at the price - $290.
I like my vet and his staff, and they take good care of my cats. But I wonder if I'm being over charged, at least compared to other vets. Here's the breakdown of the bill:
Teeth cleaning $185
Preanesthesia panel $68
Pain mamagement $45
I was given a 10% discount, which I appreciate, but the total was still $290. No teeth needed to be extracted, just cleaned. And did my cat really need pain mamagement just for cleaning? I don't know.
BTW, about 3 yrs ago I had my cat "fixed", given his shots, and a physical exam. The cost was $400.
So tell me what you think, are these prices excessive, or the norm. I live near Los Angeles, if that matters.