I wrote this post in 2011 – My Pug’s Bi-Annual Vet Visit. Every 6 months, the doggy dermatologist was charging me about $185 just to run blood work and a pee test on Mr. Pug to make sure the daily steroids he has to take aren’t killing him super fast. Well, after we moved last October, I found a closer vet and have started taking him there instead. His blood work visit was earlier this week, and was actually cheaper, yay!
Bill in June 2011
Here was what I was being charged just for the bi-annual tests:
- Exam Fee – $65.00
- Hazardous Waste Disposal (seriously, they threw away a needle or something) - $6.00
- Pre-Op Chemistry Screen (actual lab work) - $68.75
- Urinalysis (actual lab work) – $42.75
- GRAND TOTAL: $182.50
Plus, that vet always found something that needed to be treated (like a minor skin infection or ear issue) that would cost me an additional $80-$100. Happened every time.
Current Checkup Bill
- Exam Fee – $42.59
- Blood Work 1 - $55.72
- Blood Work 2 (in lieu of urinalysis) - $27.85
- GRAND TOTAL: $126.16
Mr. Pug’s Update
This vet was actually surprised about how great Mr. Pug looks for a dog that is inherently broken. He did bring up that Mr. Pug is pre-arthritic but that there really isn’t any simple way to help him since he is allergic to glucosamine. So we’re just going to watch it. He also said that he needs at least a thorough dental cleaning and may need one tooth removed. I decided to get all of that done in February when the vet has a $25 discount. He agreed that should be fine. :-) That will probably run us around $200.
This vet also decided to try reducing the steroids to every other day instead of daily. He wants me to monitor it for 2-4 weeks and see if Mr. Pug still looks good on less meds. The fewer steroid pills, the better for my pup’s kidneys and overall lifespan. But he may need the daily dose to stay healthy, so we’re going to watch and see. If it works just as well, it also means spending $10 every 6 months instead of $20. That’s not huge, but every little bit is nice.
Oh, and he told me that I was going well with keeping Mr. Pug in a healthy weight and his coat looked great. Our last vet always made me feel like a crappy dog mom. I’m much happier with this vet, and for getting a little credit for all of the stuff I have to do with Mr. Pug to keep him healthy. I know I shouldn’t need a pat on the back, but daily meds, weekly baths with a special shampoo, and biweekly ear and face cleanings do wear me down sometimes. Not to mention I have to watch him like a hawk even when he’s outside or he’ll eat non-vegetarian poop or something. Overall, he’s pretty high maintenance even now, and it was nice to be given a little “good job”.
How are your pets doing? What do your vet bills look like?