Akita Pals- Always.
|Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 7:32pm PST |
|Charlie, I am American and do have many options including 4 vet practices within 15 minutes of my home,this is not by any means an affluent area but I take the time,energy and money in gas it costs to make a 30 mile one way trip simply because my vet charge between one quarte and one third what the local vets do,for a higher quality of care,for example Squ'mey mentioned having to pay when a complication arose,I under the same circumstances was given all care for the complication,which included a second surgery to remove and replace all of Mika's sutures as well as the additional care that was necessary free because the vet tech I spoke to ignored my concerns. The vet did not,he also did not feel I should have to pay for an unforseen complication of her being allergic to a commonly used suture material,that typically is not an issue,we do not have low cost spay/neuter clinics in our area,the shelter give a voucher to adopters and my regular vet is one of the omly ones that accepts them,none of the local vets do. The poor vet we use is in his office a minimum of 12 hours per day 6 days a week and gives excellent care,one of the reasons he is so reasonable in cost is the sheer volume of cases he does in a day. He also takes time out of the little time he spends at home,to call and check on his patients who need extra attention due to the nature of therir illness,before Mika & Kai we has a GSD Akita mix who was really an Akita disguised as a GSD to most,she suffered severe allergies which led to CHF,we were given many meds to try free,he remained in regular contact with us and when she let us know it was time for her to go,he cried with us,as we waited for her last breaths. He now has several younger vets who trained by him have joined the practice,they do their very best to keep my dogs calm and carefree,and have even sat on the floor beside them to examine them carefully without letting them realize that they were being any thing more than petted and played with,they have even gotten kisses from my pups,so we have been very blessed. To the OP wether you pat a bit more or travel to another place to find more affordable vet care,finding a good one that treats your dog as they would their own is well worth the effort,also if you find one that you are happy with,can afford,and stick with them,even if a little out of your way,but they treat your puppy well and you develop a relationship over time,you will find that they are often willing to help you out with payment plans or other things that can cut costs. on finding the right vet for you and your dog. We found ours purely by accident over 16 years ago and know with the partners he has taken on,we will be in good caring hands for years to come. Higher cost does not equal better care in all cases and we live on a reasonable but fixed income and have house payment,utility payments,car payments and other bills to pay for medical care for ourselves,my husband is also a heart patient and borderline diabetic so we have to be careful what he eats and our food bill has risen accordingly,yet we manage to put away even $5-$10 every two weeks by cutting back on other little things and shopping around for the best prices on the things we need,it can be done. My female Akita was not spayed until nearly 3 years old but we had no problem keeping her from breeding,we simply kept her with us on a leash for trips outside and from the start of her heat and for the next 6 weeks she went out only with us,on a leash and only long enough to do what was necessary through 4 heats so although a little extra effort was required on our part,we did not have any accidental breedings,so if you need more time to try to save with a little added effort it can be done,living on a fixed income,we too could not afford large medical bills for our dogs without saving,so I do understand,and it can be easier said than done but doing it simply takes a bit more effort. Good Luck in finding what works for you.|
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