Sunday, September 8, 2019

Something that's been Bugging Me...

Back in January of this year, I noticed my dog was limping.  I took her to the vet as any responsible dog owner would do.

The vet said it was an ACL tear, and would require surgery to fix - $3000.

Now: if you live in Nevada, you can take any number the vet gives you and double it to get the actual cost.  I called vets who performed the surgery, and sure enough - $6000.

Of course, every vet these days is a woman.

I did my own research on the internets.  I found that there are shots that when combined with rest and a temporarily forced sedintary lifestyle are more effective than $6000 surgery.

The shots cost me a total of $700 (bi-weekly injections for 2 months).  During this time, I discouraged my dog from play or rough-housing with my other dog.

She is much better now, and can run again!

And trust me, she was limping so bad, I thought she'd never run again.

All this said, I have realized that the veterinary field has become infected with a grossly disproportionate number of females, whose only goal is to exploit the compassion pet owners have for their animals.

There was another incident when I lived in Reno - long story short, I paid $900 to have my dogs rabies vaccinated.  If I had went to the pound - it would have been $24.  The excuse from the vet was: new patient fee + general physical fee + normal appointment fee + vaccination - all that times two.  Bullshit.

I don't know how these vets get away with these kinds of charges and flagrant deception and exploitation, but they do. 

As a pet owner, there is little you can do about it.


  1. P.S. Stay tuned for my next post called "The Fecal Pill".

  2. That is good news about your dog. Snoopy agrees.
    As for vets, all the ones that work nine to five Monday through Friday out of offices are likely to be women. Large animal vets are more likely to be men. I'll bet that large animal vets are more accurate in their estimates.

    1. I thought again about price quotes from vets. People who fix cars would never be able to get away with that. If it is as blatant as you say, it amounts to industry wide fraud. I don't know where to start with this, but at some time, the district attorney is going to be involved.