|Barked: Thu Nov 6, '08 1:52pm PST |
|Thanks so much, everyone. I appreciate your input.
I do realize that health care is expensive, and I'm absolutely committed to getting Chip excellent care.
What initially concerned me about the price of the thyroid test was this thread http://www.dogster.com/forums/Dog_Health/thread/546467 then I started worrying about all the prices. But now I'm thinking, while they're not a discount vet, that the prices aren't crazy either. And I do love them - super friendly & responsive. Our first office visit lasted about an hour just because I had so many questions!
I did call around when I initially selected the vet, and their office fee ($51) was about the same as other vets in the area. It seems harder to compare the diagnostics, though, because some places separate out the costs (office + blood draw + test) whereas ours is inclusive.
Also, I did a ton of research when I got Chip, and we ended up with a Petplan insurance policy (high deductible but no coinsurance and low premium). Unfortunately, each of his recent incidents have been unrelated (paw infection + thyroid + heart murmur) so I have to meet the $200 deductible for each.
And Rosie - thanks a million for the heart murmur info. I think maybe the x-ray is not the right diagnostic for us, even if we do need to get more information. I will ask about the ultrasound.
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